Archive for April 4th, 2005

A picture of Spanish Colombian relations

April 4, 2005

From Kulander
via Publiuspundit:

No matter
what Chavez thinks, Spain-Colombia relations appear from this picture to be in
much better shape than Spain-Venezuela relations.

The anti- gringo hate campaign should not be taken lightly

April 4, 2005

I am a
little concerned that people don’t seem to be taking seriously Eliezer Otaiza’s
words about promoting the hate towards US citizens or “gringos”. With time, I have
learned not to take lightly anything said by Chavez and his cohorts. In this
particular case, there are many reasons to take it even more seriously, since
Chavez in his Sunday program yesterday talked
now about
2 million reservists in order to “defend together with the people
the sovereignty and greatness of this land” adding later “the best way to avoid
war is to be prepared for it”. Thus, it is not Otaiza’s fertile imagination
which is thinking war, but it is a line of thinking that in my mind, comes all
the way from the top.

This is
all being accompanied by an amazingly irresponsible purchase of weapons of all
sorts at a huge cost to the country, rather than spending these funds social
programs or making the economy grow. This shows once again that the people are
not the priority, despite what the “revolution” claims. Venezuela is
buying boats, planes, rifles, bullets and uniforms in quantities never before
seen in its history. This is a path typical of non-democratic and autocratic
leaders. This is typical of the type of fear societies created by autocratic
leaders like Chavez, who in the words of Natan
“do not depend on their people; their people depend on them”.

You need
force and an external enemy to encroach a fear society, so that people will
always justify their hardships on the presence of an external enemy. This
actually provides internal stability. The formula is old (Think Castro!) and
Chavez is following it to the last detail. While Venezuela
will hopefully never go to war with the US, Otaiza’s proposal represents
the type of immoral campaign that autocratic regimes start in order to justify
what can not be justified: create an invsible, external enemy that will cretae sympathy for the autocrat.

Otaiza may
have been a stripper, but I am sure that what he says has been discussed by
Chavez and his advisers in private. Even Petkoff in today’s Tal Cual,
translated below, takes this lightly and points to the reaction by the
President of the National Assembly yesterday as an example. However, Maduro is not
part of that inner circle of former military startegists. Maduro does not share
the same military mind of Chavez’ close circle. Otaiza does. Anyone with a true
democratic mind would not even be considering the possibility of a war, least
of all the immoral promotion of hate against any national group. But these guys
are doing it. Otaiza will remain in his Government position, because what he
said does not offend Chavez, in fact, I am sure it started with the President

Otaiza was
Chavez’ intelligence Chief and has been moved to other positions of importance.
He followed Chavez’ own brother as head of the supposedly “all important” Land
Institute. He has Chavez’ trust, he is part of the inner circle. Don’t take his
words lightly, had they offended Chavez’ sensibility, he would have removed him or scolded
him. Neither of these has happened and I doubt either will. This
is part of the society of fear they are turning Venezuela into. They have already
taken us for a much longer ride than any of you thought possible.

I guess
Petkoff does disagree with me, as do most of the readers in the comment
section. You have been warned!

How can
Otaiza have a position of responsibility?
by Teodoro Petkoff

The truth
is that nobody who is deemed sane can take Eliezer Otaiza seriously. His latest
intellectual feat, that probably left his brain fired, was that one of
proposing that Venezuelans devote their time to hate the gringos, can not be
taken but as a ravings by someone that is not in his right mind. The only thing
missing was for him to propose the daily “two minutes of hate” that Orwell painted
in his famous “1984”. In this sense this mini-reporter, at least, will not
devote more than nine written lines that he has written up to here about that
demential rhetoric. But, on the other hand, this should be a lesson for Chavez.
Each time that he releases one of those calculated extravagances or he lets
loose one of his outlandish occurrence, product of his verbal incontinence, he should
take into account that among his supporters there is more than one guy with a
softened brain, that takes it seriously and believes this is a directive. You
see around, as an example, a bunch of nuts, civilians and military, talking
about the “asymmetric war” theme, for which amazingly, the first premise they
postulate is that our Armed Forces would be swept in two days by the yanqui
invader. Not without reason, Nicolas Maduro (President of the Assembly), in an
interview for El Universal yesterday, asked the reporter, laughing, not to ask
him about “that”. “That” was Otaiza’s interview.

probably felt someone else’s shame