So, while I was away, a few things happened that caused quite a lot of brouhaha. And yet I feel no need to cover them extensively. Let's say that in a way they were "pre-covered" months ago through this blog entries. But the news that North Korea will open an embassy in Caracas forces me to write this quick post.
The first thing is that Giordani, the longest serving minister of Chavez, was finally booted by Maduro. All sorts of explanations swirled, from the demise of the radical wing to the ascendancy of the moderates and new bright economic days away, passing by Maduro becoming finally "el presidente". None of the above.
Giordani dismissal was accompanied within hours of an extensive letter that he published. First comment: for such a long letter to be published so fast and so bitterly can only mean that Giordani had known long ago that his days were numbered. And he was ready to torpedo under the flotation line as needed. He was and is a jerk, though and through.
Basically the letter aims at putting all the economical blame on Maduro. Giordani conveniently forgets to mention that when he was sworn in the currency floated at around 500 to a dollar. When Chavez died the official rate was 6300 to a dollar. Regardless of what Maduro has done evil, and he has done a lot, Giordani presided over a regime that saw Venezuelans lose more than 90% of their assets. Simply put, as long as Giordani does not acknowledge that fact and apologizes for it, whatever he writes has zero credibility. Second comment: Giordani letter is a self serving exercise whose lone aim is to create political trouble inside chavismo. No more should be read into it.
What does the exit of Giordani means for the future? Nothing and something.
Nothing because his replacement, Menendez, is another commie that may be somewhat more of a pragmatic like Ramirez, the strong man these days it seems. But that does not mean anything because not only he will not be able to change the economic system which is strictly geared to preserve the power of the chavista mafia-elite, but I doubt very much that Menendez has the intention to change anything, nor,for that matter, the capacity to do so if allowed.
Something because after all Giordani leaves orphans within the radical wing that will need to place their support with another faction of chavismo, not necessarily the other radical factions led by people like Rodriguez (Caracas mayor) or Jaua (foreign minister cum shadow pothole fixer for Miranda state). In a situation that seems on a tight cantilevered equilibrium, any sudden displacement of support can cause serious inner trouble.
At any rate, in case anyone thought for an instant that removing Giordani was good news (I was not, I tweeted instantly that this was all B.S., even before Giordani letter became public) the regime today made it it crystal clear that it is a dictatorship and pretends to remain one, and a harsher one as needed. By opening a North Korean embassy in Caracas in the coming months, the regime establishes contact with what is likely the most repressive regime in the world (though in all fairness some Islamic fundamentalist wanna be states can compete). It is to be noted that Venezuela has ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to have an embassy from North Korea or open one there. NONE. The purpose of such a venture is symbolical, a message to democracies to shove up their democracy.
Since this blog always tries to be constructive it cannot let go this rarest opportunity to be so and suggests Maduro to name Giordani as the first ambassador of Venezuela to North Korea. Justice will be met where needed.