Archive for April 6th, 2006

Where is Chavez?

April 6, 2006

In February 2005, during the second state of emergency due
to floods in the State of Vargas,
I was amazed at the absence of President Chavez. I wrote a post at the time
which title is “A
New Venezuelan Game: Where is Chavez
?”. In that post, I recalled the
absence of President Chavez during the tragedy of the first Vargas emergency.

This seems to be a pattern: every time the country needs the
figure of a strong figure to show that they are in control, to help the
collective moral of the Venezuelan people, Chavez disappears.

In this moments in which the whole Venezuela,
Chavistas and non-Chavistas are in a state of shock because of the brutal murders
and kidnappings of the Faddoul brothers, Miguel Rivas and now Jorge Aguirre, the
commander in chief is nowhere to be seen.

This is the guy that uses 6 hours every Sunday of TV time to
say anything that comes to his mind. This is the guy that every other day asks
for a “cadena” to make silly announcements or to use the attention of the world
to insult his political foes. This is the guy that wants to be president for

At first, I thought that I had probably overlooked a Chavez
declaration about the case. I searched my usual governmental sources and could
not find anything about Chavez.

Finally, I found this note
in El Universal this morning. It says that the executive repudiated the
assassination of the Faddoul brothers and of Miguel Rivas…it was the Minister
of labor, Ricardo Dorado, that declared
to the press! Did you guys know that Venezuela’s
minister of labor was named Ricardo Dorado? I did not.

Where are the heavy weights of the government in this
moments of profound sadness and collective crisis?

Where are the Rangels and the Maduros that are always so
quick in declaring when it is time to insult political dissidents?

But first and foremost, where is the President ?

Where is Chavez?
Jorge Arena

Puzzled Ghost Blogger.

Update.-10h30 a.m. The mother of the three kids gave an interview
this morning denying that she had attempted suicide. She is a devoted
catholic. She had very harsh words for the goverment and in particular
for President Chavez. She literally said “when he is overlooking and
not giving importance to the torture and killing of four people, of
which one was a handicapped kid, I, Gladys Diab declare, I despise him. I do not hate
him. For me this and other cases of apathy of the law of God will be
the begining of the end, that will route Venezuela towards the Divine
light of peace and Justice”