For almost a week, since Hugo Chavez cut short his visit to
South Africa, reportedly because polls came out saying that his party’s
standing in the polls in the face of the November regional elections was
dropping fast, Chavez has been increasing the level of shrillness.
It all began with his usual accusations that people were
plotting to murder him, the US and the CIA were looking for someone to bomb his
palace or his Sunday TV program (weird, since it moves each Sunday) and/or
collaborating with the local oligarchy or “pitiyankees” in the effort.
Russian bombers arrive in Venezuela, bringing the cold war to the Caribbean
and Chavez threatens us with something people thought actually was good news:
He was going to pilot one of the bombers himself, but so far, no such luck. The
next day, former comrades in arms, including his former buddy Raul Baduel)
recall on radio how Chavez was such a coward that he would jump out of the
airplane with his parachute with his eyes closed.
Then in a real bizarre turn, Mario Silva, Chavista candidate
for Governor in Carabobo State, plays
an audio tape in his illegal TV program in the Government’s TV channel VTV,
in which he purportedly plays the voices of three high ranking military
officials conspiring to bomb, get rid or dispose of Chavez.
Thus, rather than the military going and detaining these
officials, the tape is leaked to a pro-Chavez radical/TV announcer/candidate
for Governor, just because…
Then, the President of the National Assembly comes out on TV
playing the tape from the TV program, which somehow somebody has conveniently
turned over to her, including the original audiotapes.
But wait, at this point, somebody notices that
the date of the audiotape in the PC label is 2005, making everyone wonder
whether this was a staged coup/murder plot staged then but never used…
The husband of the President of the National Assembly, who happens to be the
Foreign Minister, also denounces the US and every sucker up of the
autocrat comes out of the woodwork to scream bloody murderers and coupsters. Of
curse the oligarchs are named again, then the media, then the group
asking for the voiding of the 26 Bills illegally passed by Chavez and then
everyone that went to the Presidential Palace on April 2002, when Chavez
voluntarily departed the Presidency only to come back, is threatened with jail.
Then tonight, during a rally for the
Chavista Mayor for the city of Puerto Cabello, with Chavez in attendance, which
is legal, he orders all TV stations to broadcast his speech in which with foul
language, illegal in Venezuela at such times, Chavez kicks
out the US Ambassador Patrick Duddy.
But everything is actually confusing and it is not quite
clear if he is doing so because of the plot against his life or in solidarity with
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales kicking out
the US Ambassador yesterday.
But hey, this is a Government in which Chavez told his new
Minister of the Interior today during a TV broadcast, that he was not interim,
that he had to meet with him to clarify that he had been appointed as permanent
Minister. Go figure. Is this the way to run any Nation?
And then we hear the Military Prosecutor tell us that two
people have been detained (A first in the 487 attempts on Chavez’ life). And
rumors are flying that Chavez’ former Minister of Defense Raul Baduel, his long
time buddy who departed from him last November, is going to be detained. Curiously,
Baduel has been saying for months that Chavez was going to create disturbances that
would allow him to justify the postponement of the upcoming November 23
Even more interesting by the time Chavez came back from
Puerto Cabello, there was a “spontaneous” gathering right outside the Presidential
Palace, posters and platform and all, ready to stage a rally for the President.
(Isn’t it dangerous to hold a rally right where the conspirators are targeting
to drop the bomb?)
I have no doubt that some of Chavez’ military colleagues are
likely plotting against him, after all they learned this from him., who staged
one coup in February 1992 and supported another one in November 1992,
supposedly to overthrow corruption and the lack of democracy in Venezuela. It would
seem that conditions are indeed much worse today, just witness the Miami trial, than then justifying in the
minds of these toy soldiers the need for overthrowing the Government, simply following
But these military officers are likely not to be
pro-American and would not want to be even in contact with American officials.
But the shoddiness of the presentation today. The coordinated effort, the mistakes
and the way in which the “plot” was revealed, lead me to believe that this is
part of the “situation room” that has come up with so many previous attempts on
Chavez’ life that led to no arrests.
The only thing missing this time around was the old
bazooka. I guess they decided to use different props in order to improve
the choreography of a conspiracy foretold.