Archive for July 12th, 2005

The immoral revolution strikes again

July 12, 2005

I could not believe my eyes when I saw this piece of news in today’s El Universal:.
The Minister of the Interior and Justice announced today with a very straight
face, that “all of those officers that have been involved in
abuses and disrespect of human rights will be pensioned off”.

Remarkable, no? Eighteen thousand oil workers than went on strike two
and half years ago, using a right guaranteed by the 2000 Constitution,
were denied pensions, severance pay, their voluntary pension funds were
confiscated and their medical benefits were withdrawn. But criminal
officers who committed abuses and disrespect of Human Rights of
Venezuelan citizens, a violation of the same Constitution, will be
graciously and generously pensioned off. The immoral revolution strikes

A new cynical theory of the Anderson assassination by our Attorney General

July 12, 2005

One of the things that amazed me the most upon my return, was to learn
that in my
absence our illustrious Attorney General had advanced a new cynical
theory for the assassination of Prosecutor Danilo Anderson, saying that
it was simply a
“practice run” at trying to kill Chavez. Once the assassins realized
that they could not kill Chavez, they decided to go after Anderson.

As usual, no proof was offered for this harebrained theory, it was
simply established as a fact. Now, imagine this amazing conspiracy to kill
President Chavez. The guys try and try and after realizing they could
not kill the #1 guy in the country they go after # 1465. Can these guys
be so stupid?

Where did I get the 1465? I made it up, but if you say the Cabinet has
24 members, the Supreme Court 32, the National Assembly 164, there are
some three hundred Generals, some 200 Mayors, 22 Governors, 400 judges
and 1200 Prosecutors, it just does not seem as if Anderson would have
been at the top of anyone’s list.

But the worst part is that the same Attorney General who promised seven
months ago a prompt solution to the murder of Anderson now affirms with
a very straight face that there was no economic motive for the
assassination. Of course, he does not explain all of the property that
Anderson had on his lowly salary as a Prosecutor, how he ate at well
known restaurants daily and where did the half a million bucks in
local currency found in his apartment come from. He also did not
explain how the two people murdered by the police the day after the
Anderson murder fit into the picture of Anderson being the second
choice after Chavez.

But Rodriguez imagination goes even further, he claims the whole point was to destabilize the country! By killing Anderson?

Sadly, it does not matter in the end. This is the same cynical Attorney
General that has done little for the rule of law in Venezuela in the
last five years. Mr. Rodriguez may go down in Venezuelan history as the
first Vice-President ever, but he will also go down as one of the most
perverse, cynical and unscrupulous figures of this fake revolution.
While he ignored the US$ 1.5 million given illegally to Chavez’
campaign by Spain’s BBVA, he goes after Sumate for receiving US$ 31,000
from the National Endowment for Democracy, financed by the same US
Congress that has financed many trips to the US by Venezuelan Deputies
from his party. But in the end Sumate is just one symptom of how sick
the system is. The reality is that NOT ONE person has been prosecuted
during Mr. Rodriguez’ tenure for the disapearance of hundreds of common
Venezuelans in the last seven years. Not ONE person from the Government
has been convicted for corruption. Not ONE person has been convicted
for ANY of the hundreds of murders during the many political marches by
the opposition. (Joao de Goveia was convicted of killing people in
Plaza Altamira in December 2002, but it has never been explained how
one single person managed to kill three and injure 27 with a single
Glock pistol)

Such is the legacy of Mr. Rodriguez, devoted to the persecution of his
political enemies, while protecting his cronies. Manipulating the
judicial system rather than defending the law as mandated by the
Constitution. A true sad figure which one day will have to pay for his
crimes of action and omission, as well as his cynical and stupid
accusations in the face of the murder of even his closest