Of course, we need to start from the field command, on top of a hill as it should. Apparently from this exquisitely chosen strategic position many smugglers path are visible and are being destroyed under the keen supervision of the
Observando desde Puesto Fronterizo "Cerro El Indio" inutilizacion de trochas usadas por el contrabando, en la Guajira pic.twitter.com/Ilgj8aDSV8
— Vladimir Padrino L. (@vladimirpadrino) August 18, 2014
And what are they catching?
First, we cannot underline enough the wiliness and resourcefulness of these smugglers. They will even use school buses for their sordid deeds.
Fachadas del contrabando:AUTOBÚS ESCOLAR.Retenidas 8Ton Alpiste, 56 Bombonas de Gas Refrigerante.Guajira. 2 detenidos pic.twitter.com/11cnrMu3lX
— Vladimir Padrino L. (@vladimirpadrino) August 19, 2014
Of course, I wonder how did all that stuff ever fit in a bus, and how come a bus going through dirt rods for smuggling purposes can be such a sparking marvel. But I am such a nitpicker... Whatever! The glorious army exposed these dangerous criminals, Heck! Two were even arrested. And if smugglers can put 8, EIGHT tons in a rickety bus (plus half a ton of refrigerating gas), the army will find them anyway!
But there is more! Suddenly the Nazional Guard has become aware of the lines of trucks leaving with smuggled gas to Colombia. Apparently smugglers were able to hide in full daylight such operations but no more! Maduro enlightened Padrino and the revolutionary army can finally see what eluded its vigilance for the last 6 years, at least!
En este momento REDI Occidental detiene en sector Libano, Municipio Mara, columna vehiculos con 43560 lts combustible pic.twitter.com/seTinCUGo0
— Vladimir Padrino L. (@vladimirpadrino) August 16, 2014
No point going further, the smart reader knows that all of these are mere propaganda, and a bad one at that as it proves beyond doubt that if smuggling with Colombia was possible on such a scale it was because the Nazional Guard was an accomplice. Period.
The question is why now? As I have written in recent posts, from that smuggling pseudo war to the finger printing machine threat in every grocery store is a propaganda strategy for the regime to get something else. What? That is the question. My best bet is that the regime wants to establish a ration card system AT LEAST for its followers at Mercal or PDVAL state stores. And through that ensure that at least the social base of chavismo gets its basic staples. What will be decided for the rest of Venezuelans is the interesting story.