(Este post se encuentra en Español aqui)
On Sunday, El Nacional (Ciudadanos page 13, by subscription) carried an article on the recent report by the United Nations on drug consumption and trafficking, which besides talking about the increase in consumption of opiates in Venezuela (page 89 of report), it says Venezuela has become the largest transit country for cocaine in the world (page 72 of report), with an estimated 40% of all cocaine shipments going through the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The first thing you notice is the reaction of the Venezuelan Government, rather than being embarrased or surprised, or simply announce a new war on drugs, they somehow reach the conclusion that this was a victory for the country, finding it positive, as the UN found “Venezuela among the top countries in seizures of cocaine shipments”.
Well, it turns out that seizures in Venezuela are actually down, not up, while the percentage of cocaine trafficking that goes through the country is actually up significantly , but apparently the Colonel has little acquaintance with basic mathematical concepts.
But the most bothersome thing about this is the implications. Who watches the border for drug trafficking? Well, our illustrious military, which has been able to lobby for and purchase billions of dollars in defensive and offensive weapons, tanks, helicopters and jet fighters, but the country only has a single airplane dedicated to fighting drug trafficking and a meager seven frigates for over 1,000 Kms. of coast.
And the reason for this you may wonder? Well, I will not insult your intelligence on this, but it is quite obvious: corruption. The military looks the other way for the same reason that the Government looks the other way in the dozens of corrupt financial/business schemes that the robolution has invented in the last few years under the watch (??) of Hugo Chávez.
Thus, another victory for the Chávez revolution, joining those of terrifying crime statistics, kidnappings and corruption. Unfortunately, while these last three can be reverted in the future, the nefastous corrupting effects of drug trafficking and use, have proven to be almsot impossible to reverse once they are ingrained into the culture of a country.