In these recent days of anguish, when hundreds of students are taken into custody and at the very least psychologically abused, when Human Rights Watch issues a damming report that should send Maduro to jail some day, that inside the opposition there are clearly double agents that try to protect regime's human rights violators in the US in exchange of, well, goodies, etc. it is a good time to remind the reader what is ABSOLUTELY at stake here, least we get confused by all of these people trying to confuse the truth out of reality.
Fortunately I have an OpEd of Maria Corina Machado in El Universal today which is a short summary of what is at stake and I am taking the now rare step of translating it. Least anyone still has doubts, least anyone thinks I am an extremist.
An intentional plan : to finish off everything that allows society to live independently
MARIA CORINA MACHADO | EL UNIVERSAL
Saturday May 10, 2014 12:00 AM
These days I heard a fellow UNIDAD [opposition MUD] say that the goal of the protests should be solving problems and not trade Maduro. If we lived in a democracy, it would be a startling statement; the logical aim of an opposition is to reach power constitutionally asap. But Venezuela is a dictatorship. It is a regime that to remain in power and to dominate society needs society ruined, divided, terrorized and dependent on the state. A regime that does not want to solve the problems.
The institutional, economic and moral destruction that we suffer is not only due to the infinite incompetence and corruption of the regime, there are part of a deliberate plan: to finish off everything that allows society to live independently, to demand [its rights], to defend itself. Thus the relentless attack against [trade] unions , universities, the media, businesses, professional associations, neighborhood associations, political parties, NGOs and even churches .
Is our goal is to increase the allotted preferential dollars or have an economy without controls ? [Is our goal] that they allow to import a little bit more newsprint or that there is full freedom of expression and the return the concessions wrested from [free] TV and radio? [Is our goal] to raise a little bit salaries or is it that public and private companies be competitive and pay worthy wages growing up apace with productivity?
Who can believe that the regime led by Maduro will stop judicial decisions made in Miraflores [Palace]? [Who can believe that the regime] shall respect the right to property and end expropriations? [Who can believe that the regime] will disarm paramilitary groups ? That it will expel the Cubans from the army? That it will stop the gifts to foreign clients? That public employees will cease to be political prisoners? That citizens can protest peacefully without being repressed ?
This is why Venezuelans have understood that it is not a matter of asking the regime to change its policies; it will not. Our struggle is for regime change by constitutional means, as soon as possible; and it is therefore essential to maintain peacefully public pressure in the streets.
A fellow Barquisimeto impeccably expressed it these days " it is not about improving the conditions of captivity , it is about living in freedom."
Of course, regular readers know that these ideas , all of them and more, have been exposed this year alone at least once in this blog. But it is nice to have a reminder. And to also be reminded that those that have a clear mind, a clear message, are, well, sidestepped by the MUD who is only too happy to let the regime deal with its mess as long as they get a token of gratitude, preferably in cash, from the regime. You know who you cowardly are, but it is not Maria Corina Machado, it is not Lopez, it is not the students.