First, what was done to Oscar Perez this week was an abomination, an execution worthy of what Stalin did (or Hitler for that matter but since Maduro claims to be from the left...). The regime took no forms, could not care less that the whole neighborhood filmed the execution, and actually wanted it to happen as such, as a warning to ALL Venezuelans of what the regime is willing to do at this point. And never mind that Oscar Perez was not the lone "ajusticiado" in that massacre.
Needless to point out that the whole world has noticed; well, the civilized one. The consequences for the regime will be significant even though at this point I am believing that the regime has realized that its international cause is lost and they have decided to retrench for as many years as it take until eventually the world relents. After all, Obama did go to Cuba. Did he not?
In short not only the regime does not care any more, but they may be actually relishing their road toward outright genocide. Before Oscar Perez happened let me remind you that HIV folks, kidney problems folks, diabetics folks, miscellaneous terminal disease folks, are quietly left set to die. Removal of the nuisibles, genocide beginnings like what Stalin did in his earlier days or Hitler before he opened his concentration camps. Nobody outside is ready to use the G word but then again until 2017 few were willing to use the D word. Now all agree that this is a dictatorship (except other dictatorships but that is par for the course).
This being said let's not rush in making Oscar Perez a saint. True, I was not a believer in the beginning but even though it would be callous not to consider him some sort of freedom fighter now. Yet, it remains that there are too many holes and chiaroscuro in his saga.
It all started when Oscar Perez, part time actor, secret service/police holder, etc, managed to get a chopper over Caracas, threw over the High Court building a grenade (all that and unable to get more than a grenade?) , managed to fly away and land over a convenient "conuco" in the mountain that allowed him to escape. This over the highest security zone of the country as no flights are allowed over Caracas. And yet not even an army chopper took off from La Carlota base to chase him...
Then he popped in an out at opposition events, and even claimed to be linked to some famous operations were undertaken by dashing warriors that caught inside a cab at a local police check point.
I am sorry but not all pieces match here.
Let me stress again that no matter what the true story of Oscar Perez will be in the end, what they did to him is unacceptable and worthy by itself to send Maduro to international courts. For those late in the game Oscar Perez finally tracked down offered to surrender and yet was killed, probably at gun point to his head. The regime is delaying the process enough that we can advance the most horrid suppositions of wrong doing.
One problem for example is how come the regime sent paramilitary forces when there were already hundreds of security personnel surrounding Oscar Perez hide out? How come the leader of one of these paramilitary/colectivo Heiker Vasquez was killed instead of, say, the commanding officier? How come our criminal (indicted on so many counts and yet freely roaming Caracas and doing state mafia business) got today close to a national funeral? The picture here is for the head of a paramilitary colectivo receiving the honors of state security forces. I mean, W.T.F?
|Criminal Paramilitary Heiker V gets an official honor guard and yet, in all probability, |
the body of Oscar Perez will not be released to his family.
Observe the chubbiness of the pallbearers... I do not want to use cliches but...
Something is just too fishy here. I am going to indulge in a little bit of conspiracy theory here. Forgive me, and please, do not ask me to elaborate more than what I will write.
Oscar Perez was sponsored from inside the regime by a group wanting to screw a rival group. It was an internal chavista strife that used the opposition exaltation of a few months ago to produce some military hero to add to the protest and violence. By all means, it does not imply any guilt or complicity on Oscar, he could have been a true believer manipulated through and through.
But my point is that it is possible that the guys that sponsored Oscar Perez realized that the gig had gone too far and that Oscar could well uncover them. He had to be killed. Period.
Now, you can add to it as you please. One thing that you cannot take away from it is that Oscar was trapped into a story that whether he created it, in the end he decided it was worth dying for. That is more that can be said for a boatload of opposition leaders.