Archive for March 15th, 2010

Hugo Chavez, ETA and the FARC

March 15, 2010

Today, Judge Eloy Velasco, from the Spanish Audiencia Nacional, the same one that ordered the detention of Pinochet, ordered the detention of 12 presumed members of Basque terrorist organization ETA and Colombian terrorist organization FARC. Among them is Arturo Cubillas Fontan, who is in charge of the Security Department of the Venezuelan Land Ministry, a Ministry presided until very recently by Venezuela’ current Vice-President Elias Jaua. Curiously, Spanish newspaper ABC also presented today an accusation that another member of ETA, Jose Antonio Egido works for the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, showing that Chavez’ support and collaboration with ETA is more than just coincidental.

Because the accusation against Cubillas is quite clear: He is being accused of training FARC guerillas with explosives. Such training took place in the border between Colombia and Venezuela and Cubillas showed up accompanied by at least one Venezuelan military officer AND in a Venezuelan military vehicle.

Of course, the reaction by Chavez’ Government, the same one that investigates the slightest whisper by someone from the opposition on TV which could be construed as conspiring against the Government, wraps itself around the Venezuelan flag, cries sovereignty issues, but fails to look into the accusation, calling it garbage and the like. Recall the same thing happened with another “friendly” Government in the case of the Maletagate affair, where not one of those involved was ever investigated in Venezuela, despite clear proof that it went all the way to the top.

And as events develop, we get visits from the usual PDF’s, scandalized that we could possibly believe these accusations from the Spanish Court, as if it did not have a track record that proves the accusations.

Because while it may be now that a Court of the world does not need to suck up to Chavez, his cronies and his wealth, anyone reading the many Venezuelan blogs does not need the Audiencia Nacional’s help to know that Chavez was and is in cahoots with the ETA and the FARC.

The FARC in particular has an ample and proven track record with Hugo Chavez. And while I will become repetitive, because this same evidence has been used before, I would like to show all of this evidence in its splendor

For example, wasn’t it Hugo Chavez that said that the FARC were not terrorists, but armies that needed to be recognized?

And not once, but twice:

And wasn’t it Chavez that asked for a minute of silence on National TV in memory of Raul Reyes, the same terrorist who visited the Miraflores Presidential Palace (Chavez later claimed he did this at the request of Colombia’s President Pastrana, who denied it) for reasons never revealed, meeting with Venezuela’s Vice-President?

And how about Chavez’ buddy Piedad Cordoba with Reyes in a video that some claim was partly taped in Venezuela, here defended by Chavez:

Or how about this professionally taped video on the death of FARC terrorist Marulanda, which was apparently made by Chavez’ international propaganda TV station Telesur:

Or how about the Venezuelan Minister telling the FARCĀ  whom he called “comrades” and who was told by the guerrilla member “We are moving forward”, Chacin agreeing with her.

Need I show more? How many pictures of FARC leader Ivan Marquez at the Presidential Palace can you find in the Internet? Should we believe Chavez, his cronies or the same Audiencia Nacional that has gone after terrorists, Pinochet and acted against them?

Of course, it may have to go after Chavez in the end. Is that what he is afraid of?

Filho de Puta by Teodoro Petkoff

March 15, 2010

Filho de puta by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

When Lula won the election in Brazil there was a great stop book with the title O Filho do Brasil, which means son of Brazil. More recently, and based on that book, there was a movie with the same title and the same theme: the career of the kid from the Brazilian Northeast, who from the misery became the president of his country, through years of hard struggle and sacrifice especially during the time of military dictatorships.

But when this amateur reporter hears him these days philosophizing about “justice” on Cuban and Cuban political prisoners, what I feel like telling him, is that he is indeed, a filho de puta (a son of a bitch). I care little that he has had a great presidency, his popularity is enormous, which has combined the macroeconomic sense Cardoso with his own social sensitivity, to significantly improve the plight of their poorer compatriots.

I give a damn that he is part of a modern left, very different from this scam, supposedly leftist, that Chacumbele has installed here.

What he said about political prisoners in Cuba, comparing them with ordinary criminals, prisoners in Brazilian jails, is despicable and inexcusable, it makes me lose all the respect I had for him. You can share or not the ultimate resort of a hunger strike, but what can not be done and Lula did, is to trash the immense sacrifice of those who, faced with a dictatorship like Cuba, almost resort to suicide to assert their rights. Because a hunger strike in Cuba is to face the real danger of a brave death. It’s like having done a hunger strike in Hitler’s time. If Lula does not have the moral and political courage to claim a civilized and humane behavior of the Cuban government, which would be appropriate, as a decent and self- respected left should, he could have at least had the shame of staying silent.