|My view of despair tonight, circa 6:15 PM.|
I think it is a true direct metaphor, oximoronic tone intended, of what the country is at tonight.
In addition of having our most precious National Park burn because as usual the regime has not taken the adequate provisions in what is one of our most dry weather season in a decade, (has anyone seen the Canadair that the regime promised to buy after last major fire?) we saw opposition representatives sent to the pyre and our currency officially go up in smoke.
Let's start with the currency in smoke. The regime finally opened what they called an open market but which is actually plagued with so many conditions that it is all but open. The result, according to official news agency, is a new exchange rate, SICAD 2, at 51.86 for one USdollar. It does not matter, let's take 50. Which is 50,000 if we forget about the "conversion" of a few years ago to the now infamous "bolivar fuerte". When these guys received in trust the country the average exchange rate was around 500. So, in 15 years we went from 500 to 50,000 for an USD. That is a depreciation of (50,000 - 500)/50,000 X 100 = 99%. In other words chavismo has robbed from my pocket 99% of my belongings. And all for what?
A regime which has presided over our biggest economical disaster should have some discretion at the time of pointing fingers. But that does not stop them as their only option, at this point, is to try to blame someone else. So, since repression is the only way out for them, or so they think, today they had had the scum from the pro Chavez PPT (the more decent lot was kicked out from the party through judicial fiat) ask that opposition mayors be sent to trial and removed from their seats. Who needs an election when a kangaroo court can do?
For good measure they included Maria Corina Machado for betraying the nation. Apparently according to Diosdado Cabello who called for a press conference today, there is no need to go through the proceedings to remove Maria Corina Machado from her representative chair. See, by accepting the trick of becoming a spokes person for Panama she betrayed Venezuela. That is right, Venezuela did its utmost to stop one of its citizen to be heard at the OAS so by accepting the help of a third party she is a traitor to the fatherland and will be sent to the worst kind of trial. Besides giving a new shade of meaning to "damned if you do, damned if you don't", it is simply astounding that people that have betrayed Venezuela for years by giving it away to Cubans and other assorted mercenaries have the chutzpah of blaming their own victims of the crimes they do everyday. Ah, fascism! How enthralling your contradictions!
These people are truly morally miserable. There is nothing to salvage from that lot.