In what will go for the posterity as one of the shallowest, most vindictive, ignorant moments of the bolivarian farce we will remember the words of foreign minister Maduro today at the Nazional Assembly (sorry, I think I need to retake the pre January 5 appellation becasue only in a Nazional Assembly can such words be uttered unpunished).
The Opposition of course, as any good opposition would do in any democracy, demanded that Venezuela explain its ties to murderer Qaddafi who until not even two years ago was an illustrious guest of Venezuela, deserver of a replica of Bolivar's sword and even, gasp, was qualified as the Bolivar of Libya.
Until now the regime had been mercifully discreet on the events of Libya, denying promptly the Hague rumor that Qaddafi was on his way to Venezuela. But this has changed today with the simply astounding words of Maduro at the Assembly. Some of the things he addressed.
He stated that in Libya there were Al Qaeda armed groups responsible for the mess. Of course Maduro does not explain how come the Qaddafi ridiculous announcement earlier today had any credibility coming from the embattled leader of one of the most Islamic countries of the Middle East, and certainly the most anti Israel and US besides Iran. Why would Al Qaeda want to overthrow Qaddafi and spend so much time organizing such a stupendous revolt when there is so much work to be done in so many other Arabic countries?
He said that there was a risk of civil war due to interests from oil concerns. Well, maybe and maybe even certainly. Except that no country has more than 30% of Libyan oil and it is difficult to see how one country could take over a devastated post Qaddafi country with all of its oil production damaged or shut down, when so many other countries are interested. No, the real message here is a threat to the opposition, the implication that Zulia is preparing a secession and so any action against Zulia after the Libya example would be perfectly justified. Yes, it is that simplistic a reasoning in the feverish mind of the Chavez regime.
He criticized the biased information coming from "imperial agencies" which are lying outright. Maduro also praised the coverage of Telesur as if Telesur had better access to Tripoli than, say, CNN. We must note today that for some obscure reason the Venezuelan ambassador to Libya reported that nothing was happening in Libya, that all was just fine and dandy. Which, curiously, does not stop them from evacuating Venezuelans. Yet, yesterday we learned that the Venezuelan embassy there was not planning any evacuation of its nationals like every other country was doing, including, gasp, China who Chavez claims as his Maoist revolutionary friend. For good measure Maduro compared the flow information in Libya to what has become the only reference point for chavismo, April 11 2002. Ah! If they could find a way to annul the words of Lucas Rincon then as to Chavez resigning!
Sensing that his words were not convincing he went on the offensive asking that those who should be investigated are "those bombing Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan". Why that? Who knows!? As if these three conflicts were one and the same. But if any element of his replies screamed of desperation at how to dig himself out of his former support of Qaddafi it was that stoopid comparison.
But Maduro was not alone wallowing in his stinking ditch. Chavez was following the session on Twitter (has he nothing better to do than follow the Assembly?). A tweet of Chavez read "Vamos Canciller Nicolás: dales otra lección a esa ultraderecha pitiyanqui! Viva Libia y su Independencia! Kadafi enfrenta una guerra civil!!", Go ahead secretary Maduro: give another lesson to that US sucker ultrarightwing. Long live Libya and its independence! Qaddafi faces a civil war!
I do not think that Chavez did write that Tweet and he should certainly fire the person that does his tweets becasue s/he cannot fake it anymore. Chavez would not have written "canciller Maduro" but plainly "Nicolas" as he does every time. And also I think that Chavez is scared shitless at this time with the obvious Libyan mirror to the future of Venezuela if he keeps as he goes that he would not write such a stupid tweet. Probably a Cuban did.
As far as I am concerned at least I understood something about the intense stupidity and bad faith of the moment: the support of Venezuela for Qaddafi these past years was strictly based on his anti US stance. That was enough for Chavez and chavismo to bond with Qaddafi without any regard whatsoever for the country situation, good, bad, stable, whatever. It was a Chavez Qaddafi relationship and that was enough. Now they try to justify it and the only thing they show us is how ignorant of the reality they are, how immersed in ridiculous ideology the regime is today. Bad omen for Venezuela..