|Beach, red, storms...........|
The latest today is that Maduro found it to be a great idea to send squads of PSUV militants to the beaches of Venezuela, crowded for the Holy Week holidays, to ask scantily clad people to sign up... I wonder whether there is any sense of ridicule left anywhere inside chavismo. Don't they realize that declaring the need to go to pester people at the beach is itself an admission that the signature drive has not been the success they hoped for?
For good measure Maduro also decided that March 9 (Obama's executive order date) should be declared from now on "anti imperialistic day" or something like that. I hope it is a paid holiday just in between Carnival and Easter week! You know, those 5 weeks of lent can be long...
And for a final flourish we had the vice president, you know, that commie nerd that made it to the top by marrying one Chavez daughters, say that those who do not sign are "cowards" and "traitors/landless" (apatrida in Venezuela means both now). I suppose I should start packing a small bag for when I am sent to the Gulags, the only thing left for Arreaza to do. He even had the intellectual laziness to state that in 1987 the current left in office supported then president Lusinchi against Colombia. That is true except that there was actually a Colombian warship in Venezuelan waters whereas today the closest Marine to Venezuela is in US territory in Guantanamo. I think that there is a difference but then again I may be wrong.
I suspect that all of this hysteria today may not even be controlled anymore from Cuba, that it has taken a life of its own. It follows naturally the invectives sent to Felipe Gonzalez that I narrated yesterday (to which he refused to answer by saying "I would not know how to lower myself in such ways", mépris suprême). But I certainly was right, Gonzalez is just the first salvo of a clear message to Maduro "pipe it down or even UNASUR is going to drop you". Ex president of Chile, socialist Ricardo Lagos, said yesterday that UNASUR needs to work harder at figuring out a solution for Venezuela. I cannot stress enough he did not say that without tacit agreement from President Bachelet who for all her closeted leftist love has better things to do than dealing with Venezuela. He evens goes one step further by naming Samper to work harder when the creep said a couple of days ago that the whole of Latin America should reevaluate its relation with the US. Yeah, right, Chile is going to commit economical suicide to please Samper and his collection of spoiled brats.... One wonders whether Samper is really that stupid. or that bitter against the US for never restoring its visa.
The fact of the matter is that there is concerted effort by non official means (ex presidents, notables) to send a message to Venezuela, Cuba and even UNASUR: "enough is enough, don't you dare to screw up the OAS Panama summit and don't you dare put at risk our trade relations with the US. If you are flat broke, no credit, and no respect, it is not our fault". And if in the next days nothing improves do not be surprised if more "official" means begin to be employed. NOTE: that does not mean at all that these countries like the US, it simply means that they like their wallet better than they like Venezuela.
Now we are left to watch how far is Maduro decided to go. But he has been warned that there will be consequences.
Note: written while listening to Tallis's Spem in Alium. Don't ask.