This report, issued in December 2009 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) of the Organization of American States (download the English and Spanish versions), is a harsh indictment of the systematic, willful and deliberate abuses of human and democratic rights committed daily against the people of Venezuela by the criminal regime of President Hugo Chavez.
However, in our view this report understates the abuses being committed by the Chavez regime at all hours every day, and at all levels of Venezuelan economic, political and societal activity in Venezuela.
Understandably, because the report is about Venezuela, the CIDH fails to focus attention on external factors that have allowed the Chavez regime to abuse the human and democratic rights of the Venezuelan people for over years. So, here’s our own list of the external factors which have succored Chavez for over a decade:
*The federal government of the United States and the State Department. Successive US administrations, starting with former President Bill Clinton, former President George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama, and their respective Secretaries of State including current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, have never made any substantive efforts to develop policies to put a stop to the Chavez regime’s criminal, abusive treatment of the Venezuelan people. US foreign policy since 1998 has been a pusillanimous continuously “move the goalposts” strategy that allows the US to constantly avoid its responsibilities as the self-proclaimed leader of hemispheric democracy. Successive US administrations also have done nothing to prevent the Chavez regime from supporting radical communist forces in other Latin American countries, and from seeking to destabilize moderate pro-US governments in countries like Colombia, Peru and others. Even to this day, the current US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, prefers to blather about democracy in Honduras than confront the threat to US and hemispheric security that Chavez represents.
*The Congress of the United States. Among the many US legislators who have betrayed Venezuela, and betrayed fundamental democratic values and principles in the process, are individuals with last names like Dodd, Delahunt and Kennedy – to name only three corrupt personalities who populate what US satirist P.J. O’Rourke aptly christened “Parliament of Whores.”
*The past and present Secretary Generals of the Organization of American States – Cesar Gaviria, whose moral failings allowed him to be honey trapped ahead of the presidential recall referendum in August 2004, and Chilean Socialist Jose Miguel Insulza, a truly despicable scumbag who has done nothing else except serve as Chavez’s chief pimp and apologist in the area of Inter-American diplomacy.
*The General Assembly of the OAS. The majority of the countries currently represented in the OAS have demonstrated repeatedly that their governments are unworthy to call themselves “democratic.” The OAS has failed so miserably that it deserves to be dissolved.
*The government of President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil. Da Silva and his Foreign Minister Celso Amorim have been Chavez’s principal enablers in the Latin American community of nations. Brazil’s foreign policy establishment at Itamaraty pitches bullshit about Brazil being a rising regional power and global player. But, in practice, Brazil under Da Silva/Amorim has demonstrated that it’s strictly a clay-footed bush-league player.
*The government of former President Michelle Bachelet of Chile. Bachelet is a national/hemispheric embarrassment. It’s no surprise that Chilean voters tilted to the right after successive socialist administrations in that country demonstrated they were spineless marshmallows.
*The government of Mexico, including its previous and current presidents. Mexico has long aspired to be a leader in hemispheric diplomacy and integration, but in reality Mexico’s last two governments haven’t shown the stuff it takes to even play in T-ball leagues designed for small children.
*The governments of the Caribbean and Central America, particularly the ones who opened their legs for Chavez in exchange for the illusion of cheap oil through PetroCaribe.
*The government of Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, who think that “chuleando” Chavez they can win billions in business for Spanish companies.
*The UN Security Council. What can we say? Cowards, knaves and rogues, but Russian and Chinese oil companies that think they won the lottery in Venezuela should think again. When Chavez gets shipped to history’s dung heap of failed despots, the oil companies of China and Russia will be invited to leave Venezuela.
*The European Union. Gutless, hollow, and pompous. The irrelevance of the EU in Venezuela (and Latin America) is best seen in the fact that the EU and Brazil/Mercosur have been trying unsuccessfully to negotiate a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement since 1994, but have yet even to reach first base.
*Mercosur. Simply, the institutionalized manifestation of Brazil’s self-delusions of grandeur.
*The Group of Rio and the Union of South American nations (Unasur). Useless venues where third-rate heads of state have group photos taken to demonstrate their commitment to “integration.”
*Alleged NGO’s like the Carter Center for Democracy and its leader, former US President Jimmy Carter, who insofar as Venezuelan democracy is concerned has been a malignant influence, but ‘nuff said.
When Chavez and his gangsters finally face their day of reckoning, undoubtedly the factors listed above will engage in loud collective wailing and protests about “democracy.” But Venezuelans should always keep in mind that Venezuela belongs only and exclusively to the Venezuelan people. Whatever the scoundrels in this list may say threateningly is irrelevant. The people of Honduras took matters into their own hands, and damn the rest of the world. Venezuelans should remember that as they weigh what’s to be done with Chavez and his gangsters.