Chavez’ Government Shows its Total Lack of Compassion on the Issue of Sick Prisoners

July 19, 2011

Compassion. If there is a single word I would ask from a Government, it is that, compassion. Sounds simple, but a Government that shows compassion, has it easy after that. Everything follows down from it. From being practical, to human rights, to trying to do what it is best for the people, it only takes one word: COMPASSION.

And Chavez, trapped in the labyrinth of his illness, showed he had none, whether he was talking about political prisoners or not. And neither did the General Prosecutor or the President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court.

For Chavez, this was not about responding perhaps to his buddy’s Chomsky request for compassion with another intromission with the judicial power. No, he could have, for example, pardoned those involved, he was pardoned and he had over two hundred deaths on his back, after the ’92 coup. Thus he knows exactly what it means. But pardoning anyone has never been part of his Presidency, he has shown no compassion, for friends and foe alike, even for his daughter’s Godfather. On the contrary, he has shown a remarkable thirst for revenge.

Bur rather than call for expediency in having those ill be given conditional freedom to get treatment, Chavez could have raised hell because under his rule, under the Government he has presided for over twelve years, prisoners, whether political or not, should be allowed to seek medical treatment. Because, even when this is allowed, a member of the Venezuelan Supreme Court tells us, that there are no resources to provide the transportation. So, prisoners are stuck in revolutionary hell, they are usually not allowed to seek treatment, and if they are, there are no resources to guarantee safe transport for them. Thus, the choice is simple, let them sink in the hell of their prison and the hell of their illnes and the which Venezuela has become.

Because clearly, if there is no compassion from the “leader”, there will be nothing from those below.

Like the General Prosecutor, who “proposes” to create a “commission” to analyze what benefits may or not be given to prisoners (Did she really say “political prisoners”, how political incorrect can she be?). How long will this “commission” take to analyze? How long will they take to decide?

Contrast that with the speed and resources devoted to treating, curing and saving a single patient, their own demi-God and benefactor: Hugo Chavez Frias.

Where was this person been since she became General Prosecutor three years ago? Did she even know this was a problem, or did she simply not care? Is she proud of the disastrous prison system that she presides over, as the person in control of who gets accused or not?

No, she simply lacks compassion…

The same way that the President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court dares to say she is “reviewing” the files of those prisoners who are sick, because the Dictator, or her Dictator, Hugo Chavez asked?

As President of the Court, she should understand what system she presides over and ask for both Justice and compassion for all Venezuelans. But she was too busy, approving for herself and buddies in the Court, some six to seven times the minimum salary in monthly food tickets to bypass Chavez’ law which caps salaries at all levels of Government. These salaried revolutionaries are certainly a piece of work, worried about their rich bellies, but not about the revolution and the moral ideals iclaims to stand for.

And finally we ask, since we talk about compassion and the protection of the people. Where the hell is the “People’s Ombudsman”?  This position was created precisely to have an independent body that would watch out for the average Venezuelan. To ask that their rights be respected, including all of those rights contemplated in the Bolivarian Constitution of 2000. This is Chavez’ creation, where is she?

I have no idea, but I know she does not have the most basic belief and instinct she needs in her job: Compassion.

The problem with the Chavista revolution  is that while all of its wishes, deeds and resources are being overwhelmingly directed to the preservation of their leaders’ health, the revolution has been shown, once again, to not have the most basic elements of compassion to lead Venezuelans anywhere.

And they still don’t get it…

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  17. Andres F Says:

    Regardless of any Spanish or English definition, I would say the problem is not compassion but as you stated MO in a comment above “the laws are not unjust, it is their application”. Being compassionate or not has no bearing over whether a government enforces the law.

  18. Mike Says:


    Sorry, statistics and probabilities etc. were not my main point at all, but yes, I got somewhat sidetracked in making references to them. It was about island canuck looking for somebody or some circumstances to blame for what happened. I guess he fell into the trap of the tendency of the leftist driven media, probably influenced by leftist shrinks and leftist academia in general who constantly look for somebody or something else to blame, and trying to influence the reader away from the obvious because of our oh so unjust world. Not unlike the ombudswomen you mention, in her case defending the revolution.

    Examples are: blaming the gun manufacturers, or the “poor” killer’s miserable upbringing, or his employer who unjustly had just fired him, or lyrics in music, or violent video games, or in this case the stupid German owner (why mention his nationality btw., because Germans are especially stupid?).

    And my intend is NOT to somehow offend island canuck. Quite the contrary. I understand his frustration with what’s going on in terms of crime in Venezuela, and more so because he is in the Posada business, yet in spite of the (non-existing) murder statistics, tourist or not, it is highly improbable of getting KILLED while visiting (or permantly living there for that matter) the little paradise called Margarita. And yes, prudence will even lower these odds.

    But let’s put the blame where it belongs: it was the thug who did it and him alone.

  19. Keplerler Says:


    You mention statistics. You mention statistics even several times. There is a thing called ratio and another probability. The murder ratio in Venezuela is much higher than in most other countries on Earth. That is a fact, not as our ombudswoman said a “feeling”. Nobody keeps a tab on tourist ratio, but it would be the same.
    There are a zillion tourists in Belgium this year, many, many times the amount of those arriving in Venezuela. Many less will get murdered. The same with Germany, the same with France, the same with Britain, the same with Chile. The ratio of murdered tourist per tourists in the country would be much lower than in Venezuela.
    I used to be a walking tourist office for Venezuela, advertising it to all my friends and to whomever noticed I was a Venezuelan. I stopped doing that several years ago. I found I would be irresponsible.
    I explain the truth, not a perception. I explain the risks. And the risks are much much higher in Venezuela now than even in Colombia.

    Sure, you can get killed in Norway while taking pictures.
    You can also talk in Pashto with someone at a Venezuelan school.
    Those things are less likely than getting killed in Venezuela while taking pictures or talking in Pashto at a Pakistani school for Afghani refugees.

  20. Mike Says:

    Sorry, but I disagree island canuck. While I understand your frustration and anger, because you are a posada owner yourself and this murder will further affect your business negatively, it was one of the 4 THUGS who pulled the trigger and HE and HE alone is the culprit (ok, together with the runaway crime in HC’s Venezuela). HE, would have killed somebody sooner or later anyhow. I hope you are not one of those who also blame firearms manufacturers for shooting victims.

    Also, I believe you talking yourself into being safe, because you open a window instead of the door is a fallacy – sorry. If the thugs want in, they will get in. Sounds terrible, but it is the (bad) luck of the draw.

    After all, if you had been in the World Trade Center that fateful 9/11, you might be one of 3,000 dead in the relatively safe USA, except nobody visiting the USA thinks about these 3,000 and that maybe statistically the US isn’t so safe after all, or the Madrid or London bombings while visting these cities. Oh, but it doesn’t count, it was terrorism? Well, dead is dead, regardless….

    But would you have blamed the owner of the World Trade Center buidings because he stupidly built the towers too damned high? Of course not, although the logic is the same, but it was the TERRORISTS who did it.

    But statistically, how many tourists have been killed in Margarita this year? I bet it’s a relatively small number and the fact that nothing happened to you in 20 years speaks volumes. So while the story will make headlines around the world, it’s still a relatively isolated case. I hope this gives you some solace. And of course a dose of prudence is always a good thing. The victims made a cardinal mistake also: resisting! (and likely without proper training of self defense).

    And what if the good guys could also legally have guns in Venezuela? No, will never happen under HC and we all know why. Therefore only the thugs have guns. Could something similar happen in e.g. in Texas? Highly unlikely, because the thugs know that businessowners (and most everybody else) is armed and can defend him / herself.

    Yes, it was a damned waste, but the beauty of Margarita will overcome this tragedy and will be the first to fully recover if the HC regime falls.

  21. Daniel S Says:

    “Chavez’ Government Shows its Total Lack of Compassion…”
    I am under the impression that it is not precisely lack of compassion. In my opinion, it is a carefully planed strategical decision. It is an exemplary punishment for the regime’s enemies. Exemplar to dissuade anyone that maybe doubting to go against the regime. And I would speculate, the decision is taken by cuban officials, with utter contempt for the Venezuelans.

  22. Pedrop Says:

    As you say island canuck it is incredibly stupid on the part of the German owner. So stupid in fact you just can’t avoid thinking that all is not as it seems.

    • island canuck Says:

      After killing him they panicked & left with nothing. Such a waste. Such a black mark on our tourism for 1 stupid (avarice) decision.

    • Pedrop Says:

      And I agree with Moctavio. Compassion is a fundemental measurement of a learning society. Converse is true too.

      I remember walking through an Indian community and was passed by a woman with a ‘lump’ on the side of her face. Now not being a medical type I asked the Doctor with me if he would have a look at the woman and we would arrange any help we could.

      The reply stunned me. ”She’s a Warao, we don’t bother with them”.
      So I looked at his whitish Venezuelan face and thought what a prick.

      Nevertheless I contacted a Doctor, ‘more Venezuelan’ than the one with me and she helped out.

      The more Arab the bloodline the less visible a compassionate nature, generally speaking of course.

      • m_astera Says:

        I would say, rather, that compassion is a quality of an evolved being. If evolved beings set the example for a society, or if the society largely consists of a number of such evolved persons, then the society will tend to be compassionate.

        For the most part, the higher mammals are not sympathetic or compassionate outside the family group, if that far.

        And Pedrop, you should be careful about generalizations regarding semitic people.

      • syd Says:

        The more Arab the bloodline the less visible a compassionate nature, generally speaking of course.
        What the hell?

  23. island canuck Says:

    They have identified the murderer of the English tourist as a delinquent who was released 15 days ago from the local jail after being convicted of robbing another local hotel.

    This is going to have a real positive effect on the already dead foreign tourism market – not!

    • firepigette Says:

      Someone should do something about these British guys who go to Venezuela without realizing the danger.I had many English house guests over the years who absolutely refused to take heed.Sometimes I would set up safe trips for them only to find out later they decided to camp out on the main drag of Puerto La Cruz, or something equally asinine.Later when I had to report them missing, or in police custody, the British consulate rep would invariable sigh and complain that it happens ALL the time, and they are sick of it.In the end I would get a message when they returned to England, something to the tune of :

      “I was so happy to be back that I kissed the English soil upon arrival”

      Give me a break!

    • island canuck Says:

      The stupidity of this case is that a German owner of a posada opened his gates at 9.30 pm to 4 male nationals & then left it open.

      The only reason this unfortunate young man is dead is because of the stupidity of this posada owner.

      I have had a posada in Playa El Agua for more than 20 years & would never consider opening my gates at this hour of the night if I wasn’t waiting for pre-paid guests. It’s just common sense. You NEVER do this.

      I won’t even go to the gate. I open a window & ask what they want. It’s all just so stupid.

    • Glenn Says:

      Of course it will. Dead will become deader!

  24. RWG Says:

    From FACEBOOK;
    My Ten Commandments by Harvey H. Madison

    1. Treat others as you would want them to treat you.
    2. In all things, strive to do no harm.
    3.Treat everyone and all the world with love, integrity and respect. Base your actions on consideration of the consequences.
    4. Educate yourself. Be forever seeking knowledge and exploring new ideas.
    5. Live a life of joy and wonder. You have the power and responsibility to assign meaning and purpose to life, and to define happiness for yourself.
    6. Fight injustice. Do not ignore evil or deny engaging justice, but show compassion for acts which have been earnestly confessed and regretted.
    7. Have integrity of mind. Impartially judge your own ideas against the facts, self consistency and reason, and be willing to let go of any beliefs that do not measure up.
    8. Require that your trust be earned. Accept only that for which there is evidence and reason to believe. Reject the lure of faith in the unseen and the unjustified.
    9. Do not allow yourself to be led blindly by charismatic or authoritarian others, or to be controlled by guilt.
    10. Question everything.

    Yes, Chavez and Chavistas break all of these common sense commandments. Venezuelans do not outwardly exhibit common sense.

  25. moctavio Says:

    Spanish definition of “compasion”: Más intensa que la empatía, la compasión describe el entendimiento del estado emocional de otro, y es con frecuencia combinada con un deseo de aliviar o reducir su sufrimiento.

    In English: Compassion (from Latin: “co-suffering”) is a virtue — one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism — foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood.

    Note the “with frequency is combined with a desire to reduce suffering” is not in the english definition, but they seem to be the same.

    • Glenn Says:

      And definition of a sociopath is a person without empathy.
      “Dr. Martha Stout, in her book ‘The Sociopath Next Door’, discusses the techniques of the sociopath – what she refers to as ‘the tools of the trade’. The first technique she talks about is charm. Dr. Stout believes it is “a primary characteristic of sociopathy. The intense charm of people who have no conscience, a kind of inexplicable charisma, has been observed and commented on by countless victims, and by researchers who attempt to catalog the diagnostic signs of sociopathy” read the rest:

      • Mike Says:

        Thanks for this link, Glenn.

        Not only does most of what the authors write fit HC perfectly, it also opened my eyes about some characters I have crossed paths with in my life.

        Amazing stuff.

    • m_astera Says:

      The real bottom line is that until we can positively identify psycho/sociopaths and keep them from positions of power and responsibility, nothing in this world is going to change. The world is as it is because psychopaths rule today, just as they have ruled for all of recorded history. Anyone who doubts this hasn’t done their homework. The link that Glenn posted is a good place to start.

      What is it like to have no conscience, no empathy, no capacity to ever feel guilt?

      It’s good to see the knowledge of who and what they are finally getting out. We can thank the internet for that, because the ‘path controlled governments and corporate media would never have let it out.

  26. Charly Says:

    Life is so full of ironies. A little over a year ago, Sean Penn one of our great ill man’s best friend wishes rectal cancer on his critics.

    Compassion? Up his ass!

  27. tleon Says:

    The Venezuelan State will gain more clout on the economy the incoming Law of Fair Costs and Prices. “It is the most strenuous and ultimate measure to replace pricing; it is derogation of market social economy, as set forth in the Constitution,” said Luis Alfonso Herrera, a professor of administrative law with the Central University of Venezuela (UCV).

    Constitution, what Constitution? Chavez and the Castro Brothers make the rules and could care less about the Constitution.

  28. m_astera Says:

    I don’t know what the exact equivalent word in Spanish is for the English term compassion, but in English it means to sympathize with the pain or hardship of another, as if it were your own.

    The lack of this sort of compassion is one of the defining characteristics of psycho/sociopaths. They have no ability to sympathize or empathize with the pain of others, though most of them learn to fake it to one degree or another.

    Because they have no ability for empathy or sympathy, ‘paths often find pain and suffering in others interesting, fascinating, or amusing.

  29. pol47 Says:

    The people of Venezuela have a choice, continue losing more and more human rights each week or kick Chavez and his thugs out on thier ass.

    Have a Polar and enjoy your week ahead. Just think, last week will be better than this one

  30. Carolina Says:

    A little OT but related to the judicial system: how about dropping the charges against Capriles Radonski because the one who filed them doesn’t belong to the PSUV? Am I getting this right? Do you have to belong to the government’s party to be able to file cases??
    He (HCR) talks about this in “Alo Ciudadano”. I saw the video this morning but now I can’t find it.

    • extorres Says:

      No, it is my understanding that it wasn’t because he didn’t belong to PSUV. It was because he put forth the claim in PSUV’s name, yet he was not authorized to do so in their name.

  31. moctavio Says:

    You are talking about Judge Afiuni, I am not. I am talking about all prisoners, political or not that are sick. There are many more than Afiuni, Forero, Pana Esclusa, Simonovitch that are sick and don’t have cars to get treatment when they can get a ticket to get the doctor, or they just dont get the ticket. That is what I am talking about. I am not personalizing it to Afiuni’s case. That is what shows they could care less, it is a lack of compassion to know there are hundreds of them and worry about your cesta ticktes. .

  32. Yorugua Says:

    A somewhat disappointing article by Miguel, confusing “compassion” with “fairness”.

    One should never expect “compassion” from the government.

    In Miguel’s mind then a burocrat’s willingness to spend government funds on aid programs is evidence that the person is himself compassionate. This is just as absurd as taking a politician’s willingness to increase defense spending as evidence that the person is himself brave.

    The jailing of judge Afiuni was a cruel act of savegery. To complain that she is mistreated or denied health care in jail is to minimize the scope of the problem. She should not be in jail. Period. But not because the government should be compassionate but because the government should be fair.

  33. moctavio Says:

    The laws are not unjust, it is their application. Under the law, she should be out or receive medical care, she isn’t getting it because Chavez kidnapped the judicial system. If Chavez and his cronies had some compassion, they would let her get medical care. He is getting it, she isn’t, it is even worse, it is a form of revenge.

  34. bruni Says:

    Roy, Miguel, Venezuela’s judicial system has always been a mess, has always been “unjust”. In fact, it was so much so that when a new party was formed in 1992 it chose the name “Primero Justicia” (Justice First) because, precisely, there was no Justice or perception of Justice in the country.

    Why is that? It is because the laws and the Justicial system themselves are undemocratic and abusive, and, unless we change that, we will never fix the country. If the Justice system does not work, nothing else works.

    Now, is the Justice system today worse than before? The answer is a LOUD YES. Why? Because when you combine an undemocratic judicial system and laws with an autocracy, you get magnified abuses. Chávez has perfected the art of judicial abuses by not allowing anyone to do otherwise than what he wants, by packing the Supreme Court and demanding absolute devotion to judges and prosecutors, by anhilating the figure of the People’s Ombusdman and putting a Prosecutor like Ortega, that is just listening to his wishes. On top of that he sent Afiuni to jail, to give a lesson to any judge that would think otherwise.

    So my point is, someone like Afiuni should not need compassion because she shouldn’t be jailed to start with! She was jailed because the Venezuelan judicial system does not work! It does not work because it is made in a way that it can be easily hijacked by the central goverment.

    In your post, Miguel, it sounds like it is just a matter of compassion. That if the goverment were compassionate the problem would be solved. Yes, of course it would be solved for the individuals that are held in jail, it is important for them to get out….but it is much more than that. It is the whole system, the system of courts and laws of the country that does not work and allow cases like Afiuni’s to take place.

    If tomorrow we get rid of Chavez but keep the same judicial and law system in place, we will still have a Justice problem, because Venezuelan laws are intrinsically unjust.

  35. loroferoz Says:

    Compassion? Justice? Fairness?

    From the guys who keep the Cuban slave plantation alive with badly needed Venezuelan monies?

    They feel all self important doing a Revolution. R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N in case you didn’t notice. No time to be nice to anyone, or to treat people like human beings. They follow Fidel Castro’s brand of “compassion” and “justice”. The one communism has always shown to dissidents.

    Enough said.

    • syd Says:

      And well said.

      I would add that the R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N is more of a mythical construct based on destruction, rather than a practical reality, based on serving a population as a whole.

      As such, those who consider themselves as cogs in that R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N are delusional in their self-imporance, and they want revenge for those whom they perceive to have caused their complexes.

      In the end, it’s not really about the poor, but about themselves.

      So a society fooled by words gains a mythical architecture built by the words of those who prefer to destroy perceived enemies, rather than tangible results for the benefit of a nation as a whole.

      Justice and Fairness would be two tanglible benefits, which go by the wayside.

    • amieres Says:

      That’s a very astute analysis syd. It goes to the bottom of what the R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N really is: a big theatre play, all posturing, all fake, just myth building.

      The only thing they can wield is money and power:
      – buy this,
      – expropriate that,
      – jail them.
      Abuse the power, dilapidate the money (and some for their pockets, of course).

      Their talent: to divide and corrupt.
      Their favorite arguments: lies and slander, deception and petulance.
      Their ideology: Chavez latest flatulence.

      They have no constructive capacity whatsoever but have a tremendous destructive power that they can’t even control. They’re like gigantic babies that cannot comprehend the damage they’re doing and continue destroying happily without consideration for anyone, friend or foe. They’ve blinded themselves to reality and want everyone else to be blind too. They want to silence those that do see reality and they scream loudly to deafen the people to any other message than theirs.

      Their motto: forget reality we’ve something better than that: chavismo.

  36. moctavio Says:

    Venezuela’s judicial system has not always been like that, the Prosecutors office used to defend people from abuses, before there was an ombudsman, Chavez destroyed all this. I was once trapped in a library held hostage by protesters and a prosecutor showed up, threatened to jail the protesters for kidnapping and that was the end of that. There was a “system” in place, it was not perfect, but it was independent and tried to do this job, now they “interpret Chavez’ signals and proceed accordingly. This means no human rights, not caring for people in general, unless they are Chavistas. It is a total break down of what society is or should be.

    • m_astera Says:

      Will the police do any actual investigation with the intent of catching the murderers? Hard to say; probably not on their own. But the hotel owner and others in the tourist business would be wise to either pay the police to do a real investigation or hire private investigators; their livelihood is at stake.

  37. Roy Says:


    I have to side with Miguel on this, though it is not as simplistic as his post makes out (I know he knows that and that he was making a point.)

    There is no way to create a system to legislate or mandate such qualities as humanity, compassion, or common sense. The leader has set the tone and all of the people in the system march in lockstep. If they ever had any of those qualities, they must have learned to ignore them.

  38. moctavio Says:

    To me compassion is about caring, not about feeling sorry. I is empathy, the ability for feeling for others humanity and understanding it. If a Government does not have that, it is a cynical “mamotreto”

    • correfoc Says:

      I understood perfectly your use of the word, in English it’s comprehended as that, “CARING FOR” , but for Venezuelans, for some bizarre reason, they understand it as “TENER LASTIMA”- how wrong !!

      • firepigette Says:


        Most people around the world are psychologically unsophisticated, but Venezuelans and many from other countries on these blogs take the cake!
        ‘To feel sorry for’, and to be compassionate are world’s apart.One respects, and other looks down on.

        For any society to work a certain percentage of the people need to exercise compassion, and sometimes that means aggressively going against the status quo.

        In Venezuela I often noticed that passivity is way over- rated, and this spills into too much acceptance of the way things are.

  39. bruni Says:

    I don’t like the term “compassion” Miguel. People should not have to appeal to “compassion” when they are sick. There should be a straightforward justice system that says that your getting treatment for a life threatening disease is prioritary, period.

    The other problem, and I cannot repeat it too much, is that Venezuelan penal laws are absurd. Many of those being held in jail for years have not even been judged yet! And others are held for frivolous charges…anyone in a power position can inculpate anyone else in such a system and held him/her for years without possibility of getting out.

    So when you are talking about “compassion” it sounds to me like it is a favor that should be given to those that are held in prison while sick, when iy should be a right. In reality the whole system sucks. The very fabric of the venezuelan penal system is that of an arbitrary, anti-human-right-system that can be easily used against political enemies. It has always been like that, only that since Chavez took power the abusive nature of the system has been perfected.

    As for all the characters that you mention in the post. We have l’embarras du choix, but to me the most despicable is the People’s Ombusdman. This is exactly her job: make sure that people are “defended” against the abuses of the system.

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