Media Show by Teodoro Petkoff

March 5, 2008

(Left: Son take care of yourself at the border. Don’t worry mother I will write daily. Right: If you can send milk, chicken and egs…)

As the Military Chief of Staffs finally announces the beginning of the troop mobilization to protect the FARC in Venezuela, Petkoff blasts Chavez and his cronies for their irresponsible behavior. The border appears closed to commercial traffic such as trucks today, which in the end only hurts Venezuelans. By now, this is a proxy war of the “fourth generation” type by the US, which is using Colombia as a peon to attack Venezuela. Funny, Colombia went a mile into Ecuador, not Venezuela, it was that country’s sovereignty which was violated, not ours. The fear is, of course, that the FARC has camps in Venezuela and it is likely that both Ivan Marques and Marulanda are in Venezuela in these camps. After all, it was Chavez’ phone call that gave Reyes away. If the Colombia Government dared to come in and kill them, the FARC would be mortally wounded. That is the only “principle” Hugo Chavez and his cronies are defending: The survival of a bloody and inhumane group which has made life for Colombians a tragedy for decades.

Media Show by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

That the Chief of State of a country sing., dances, insults or threatens people on TV may be a source of laughter or censured, according to your pint of view, but it definitely is nor offensive nor transcendental. What had never happened and can not be backed is to declare whole nations in alert, troops are ordered mobilize and to practically place the country at the edge of war, via Chavez’ TV program “Alo, President”. This time, Chávez went too far. To make such a decision and start dancing “hip hop” in front of the cameras does nothing but demonstrate a supreme irresponsibility on the part of the person that governs us.

The former Minister of Defense Raul Baduel is right, when he points out that Chavez pretense when he to involve us in a matter which concerns us all directly and provokes the Colombian Government to react to the verbal attacks and the threats of war, is nothing but staging a media show.

The President pretends to turn the Colombian Government into the “enemy” because he desperately needs to appeal to nationalism to distract the attention of Venezuelan with respect to the true and urgent internal problems and he is trying to gather wills around him, as a figure of power.

But that formula, as Baduel said, will not work. First, because Chavez is no longer the messianic leader of other epochs who the masses followed blindly. Second. Because the idea that Colombia, the closest brother of our neighboring countries, can be a real threat and a potential aggressor has been discarded, after the Colombian Government ratified that it will stick to peaceful means and announced that it will not mobilize any troops.

This Messianic career to promote by force a conflict was joined by Foreign Minister Nicola Maduro, who from the national Assembly denounced that the operation staged on the weekend by Colombia against the FARC on Ecuadorian soil had been prepared to take place on Venezuelan soil in September 2007.

That’s same night the Minister of the Interior, Ramón Rodriguez Chacin, presented his buffoon like story of the laptop computer left by the assassins of Wilber Varela (a.k.a. as Jabon) next to his corpse, so that Venezuelan authorities could, one month later, denounce the drug connections of Colombian officers. Such a clownish act, can only be conceived in the head of Rodriguez Chacin, an official with “impeccable operational and military” credentials since the massacre of El Amparo and who in political matters is virtually functionally illiterate. Chávez meanwhile, watches from the gallery the show he staged and is keeping a prudent silence.

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