Even though I am far away, in a country where there is medicine and food, where there are no power outages and where I can sleep on a ground floor room with my window open, waves of bad news keep reaching me even if I avoid my computer as much as possible.
I am not going to discuss the morbid details of the death of Robert Serra. I am too far away, I do not care enough and he certainly was not one of my favorites. The PSUV representative that may have been more chavista than Chavez himself was an histrionic character, always looking for exhibitionism. His death was murky, his house was not broken in, the murder had clear ritual pagan hints and was barbarous by all standards, the female that accompanied him in death was qualified from a mere assistant to carrying his child even though Serra himself was rumored gay (I would agree with that guess) or a womanizer. Nevertheless the regime made him a hero, a macho hero at that, just as it did with two other notable murders, those of Danilo Anderson and Eliecer Otaiza. Notable murders in that they also exhibited strange connotations, starting with the brutality and nastiness of the murder itself. As such the regime has been obliged to sanctify the victims least too much of a magnifying glass were to be used on its shadowy mechanisms. But maybe the regime should have refrained, truth comes always, if late.
In the case of Serra, there had been plenty of evidence of his associations with "colectivos", those paramilitaries groups sponsored by the regime to administer political violence through civilians. Totalitarians always do create such monstrosities, from chavismo colectivos to the Cuban CDR, to fascism brown, dark, blue shirts. For example he was infamously exposed one day at a joint where children were carrying weapons. Certainly someone that was promoted by Chavez was highly sought by these groups to broker favors, deals, or protection. Soon enough our boy Serra joined their mafia mentality and his speeches reflected it.
Unfortunately not everyone is cut to deal with this type of world, and the pressures. For example, a basic rule is that when you make a "deal" you should always have a fall guy in case the deal fails. Otherwise you will have to pay for the failed deal, maybe with your own life. I have no doubt that Serra was involved in such deals and that his inexperience did him in, the more so that he never seemed to be of the type of politicians eager to learn... Same thing happened to Anderson whose extortion ring went too far; or Otaiza who was supposed to distribute funds to colectivos but who may have kept some for himself, or given to some else that the original destination.
The point I am trying to make here is that no one should be surprised that such things are happening inside chavismo, a mere mob system aggravated by vulgarity and poor education, ornamented with pagan rites imported from Cuba. Cases like Serra, I am sure, hide cases from lower level officials though we hear all time of bodyguards and cops murdered in mysterious circumstances. I can assure you that the Venezuelan opposition is likely 95% free of guilt in this mob, gang, drug deal wars. Chavismo has to look inside itself, its methods to find the culprits. But it will not, of course, blaming every Uribe and his brothers.
Thus for me Serra is not an important piece of news. The important news is that the price of oil keeps going down in spite of all the Middle East turmoil. The important news is that the regime is not taking any constructive measure to manage the crisis in a rational way. The important news is that the illegal dollar has finally crossed the 100 line in Cucuta when the official rate is still a paltry 6.3.
The regime may give state funerals to a creep like Serra, but that will not hide the reality....