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Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Peace is a choice, not a condition

Jake says in a comment on this site: Peace is a choice, not a condition. A lot of venezuelans have to learn that. I want to internalized that phrase in me so that it becomes second nature. In spanish: La paz es una escogencia, no una condición or maybe La paz se escoge, no se encuentra.
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Current rumors include that fighting is still going on in Caracas and other parts of Venezuela. In the city of San Felipe, Yaracuy, for example, Chavez mobs tried to topple the local government but the army intervene to stop them. Continued movement inside army posts is noted, particularly in Caracas and Maracay.
Finally, Chavez seem to have learned manners while he was detained, has asked for forgiveness and has a new conciliatory tone. Don't be fooled. The current information is that this is due to two causes one external, the Secretary General of OAS is in Caracas investigating; one internal, the army, even the part that support him, has warned him that they do not like what they are seeing.
My conclusion is that this is a "de Facto" government and Chavez is just a convenient and popular puppet. Things will change, but they will stay the same.
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Carmona Betrayed Ortega and Lost the Chance

Patricia Poleo editor of "El Nuevo País" explicitly writes the details of the betrayal of Carmona and his group to the workers union and other members of the opposition. The article is very strong. The newspaper has been sold out, but versions of the article are already moving through email.
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An example of a responsible government

Dutch Government Resigns Over Report on Srebrenica Massacre. The Dutch government announced its resignation today less than a week after a report held political leaders partly responsible for failing to protect Muslims during the fall of Srebrenica in 1995. By The Associated Press. [New York Times: NYT HomePage]

They consider themselves responsible for the acts of subordinates hundreds of miles away. When can we live that here in Venezuela?

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Bush Officials Met With Venezuelans Who Ousted Leader. Senior officials met in recent months with leaders of a coalition that ousted the Venezuelan president, and agreed with them that he should be removed from office. By Christopher Marquis. [New York Times: NYT HomePage]
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Losing Latin America. Even viewed as realpolitik, our benign attitude toward Venezuela's coup was remarkably foolish. By Paul Krugman. [New York Times: Opinion]
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Venezuela's Political Turbulence. The only hope for Hugo Chávez and Venezuela is for him to step back from his confrontational agenda.

In his three years in office, Mr. Chávez has been such a divisive and demagogic leader that his forced departure last week drew applause at home and in Washington. That reaction, which we shared, overlooked the undemocratic manner in which he was removed. Forcibly unseating a democratically elected leader, no matter how badly he has performed, is never something to cheer.

[New York Times: Opinion]
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