Fueled with Bolivarian diesel?
These photographs of murdered Syrian children were snapped in Hula, where last Friday Syrian military forces slaughtered over 100 civilians including at least three dozen children.
Some independent reports from Syria claim that over 13,000 civilians, including over 1,000 children, have been massacred by the Syrian regime since last year.
The narco-regime of President Hugo Chavez is a strong international supporter of the criminal regime of Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad. Chavez calls Assad his “good friend.”
Bolivarian Pdvsa has shipped over 900,000 barrels of Venezuelan diesel to Syria since last November, including a shipment of 300,000 barrels that was delivered last week by the Pdvsa-owned tanker Negra Hipolita.
Pdvsa officials tell Caracas Gringo that a fourth shipment of 300,000 barrels of diesel will be sent to Syria as soon as the Negra Hipolita returns to Venezuela.
The Chavez regime is shipping diesel to Syria on Pdvsa-owned tankers because there isn’t a shipowner anywhere in the world today that will knowingly charter a tanker to ship fuel to Syria.
Energy Minister and Pdvsa President Rafael Ramirez has stated publicly at least three times, so far in 2012, that Pdvsa will continue shipping diesel to Syria “as needed.”
Ramirez also argues that Venezuela is not violating any international sanctions imposed against Syria by the US, EU or multilateral entities like the UN.
As Energy Minister of Venezuela and also President of Pdvsa, Rafael Ramirez arguably is guilty of facilitating crimes against humanity in Syria, where diesel shipped to the Syrian regime by Bolivarian Pdvsa is fueling the tanks and other armored vehicles that Assad is deploying to slaughter unarmed civilian men, women and children in that country.
Ramirez would be wise to consult history books about the Nuremberg trials where senior Nazi officials argued unsuccessfully that they were “only following orders” when they engaged in actions that facilitated the deliberate slaughter of 11 million human beings between 1933 and 1945.
The Nuremberg tribunal didn’t buy that “only following orders” nonsense, convicted the Nazi defendants and sentenced most of them to death by hanging. A few received life sentences.
Ramirez would be wise to remember the tried and true Venezuelan saying that “A cada cochino le llega su sabado.”
Ramirez has a Plan B prepared for the day that the Chavez regime collapses and he is forced to flee Venezuela with the hundreds of millions of dollars that he, his wife, his mother-in-law and his brother-in-law have stolen systematically since 2003.
Ramirez has an Italian passport squirreled away. Apparently Ramirez thinks that his Italian passport and his stolen fortune will make him immune from prosecution.
But in today’s world there is nowhere that Ramirez can run to, nowhere that he can hide indefinitely.
Italy’s government could choose to revoke Ramirez’s Italian passport. Despite Berlusconi’s legacy of corruption and whoremongering, the Italian people on the whole are a good and decent people.
Perhaps Ramirez and family could flee to Cuba. But the now-very old Castro brothers will both die soon. The passage of time is relentless and unforgiving.
There’s always Russia or China, of course.
But when Assad joins Saddam Hussein, the Castro brothers and Chavez in the blackest depths of hellfire, who can say whether the new Syrian government might deploy teams of assassins to exact justice against Ramirez for helping Assad kill innocent Syrian children?