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Well, I was wrong in stressing that the military caudillo was the motor of the reaction: it has now an agrarian component, when our beloved bloated leader wants us to become a banana plantation for Russia, a reactionary tzarist empire in the making if you ask me.
I am not making this up: Chavez himself yesterday announced that the lands that were unjustly and illegally seized in the Sur del Lago region last year will be given to a "mixed" company between Russia and Venezuela to grow Banana, or musaceae as more diplomatically the regime's radio writes.
Now, let's be clear about one thing: there is nothing wrong about a country exporting bananas, and coffee, and cocuy de penca, and other agricultural stuff, as long as this is done willingly between the buyer and the local peasants who organize themselves into exporting cooperatives. Or some scheme like that, well integrated in an agricultural policy to produce in excess what the country can, to be able to import what the country cannot produce.
But what Chavez has done is a whole different story. He took away from its legitimate owners lands that were productive, even very productive. These lands had variety of production, from plantain to cattle. And Chavez wants to transform them into a monoculture system of banana production for the benefit of Russia. Let's not even start on the ecological impact of such a monoculture on a sensible area such as Sur del Lago.....
13 years of chavismo and we are back to a past that we never quite had because Venezuela was never quite the Banana Republic of caricature even if our president-caudillos played the part quite well. I suppose we should give credit to Chavez, for finally making it all the way through by coherently uniting banana's republic form of governance with its form of economy.
PS: needless to say that a pauper Sur del Lago with Russians looking the other way will become an excellent place for drug trafficking and FARC refuges. Forward the narcostate!