Walid Makled Garcia, the Syrian- or Lebanese-born “empresario” described by the US Attorney in New York as “a king among drug kingpins,” is irrelevant.
The Makled case has received a great deal of news coverage so including gory details here is unnecessary.
If Makled is extradited by Colombia to the United States he will spend the rest of his life in a maximum security US federal prison, regardless of how much “documented evidence” he provides the US government about drug traffking in Venezuela.
If Makled is extradited to Venezuela instead, he will disappear because President Hugo Chavez wants him gone. Like Ricardo Fernandez Barrueco and other disgraced Bolibankers, Makled will be jailed indefinitely in Sebin’s “tombs” or perhaps even physically erased.
There won’t be the relative comfort – and freedom – of a federal witness protection program for Makled in the US or in Venezuela.
Regardless of how Colombia’s Supreme Court eventually rules, Walid is FUBAR.
But here’s the point: It matters not where Makled ultimately goes because in the end absolutely nothing will happen to any of the principals.
The US government might make a lot of noise about Makled, but it won’t take any other action against the Chavez government. Not with personalities like Dan Restrepo and Arturo Valenzuela calling the shots on Venezuela in the Obama administration. And forget about the new Republican committee chairs in the next House of Representatives; they’re all bark, no bite.
The Organization of American States won’t do anything either. “Das Panzer” Insulza shilled for Chavez in Honduras but in the end got dumped and dissed by Chavez anyway. The OAS Ambassadors mainly are collecting hefty pay checks in US dollars, attending official “receptions” where booze and high-price canapés flow liberally, and generally living the life of Riley in DC.
Unasur? LOOOOOOL. Unasur’s members fall under thee broad groups: those who pimp Chavez for all the goodies they can get (Kirchner), the lapdogs (Morales, Correa), and the see-hear-speak no evils (Lula).
Spain? More pimps (Zapatero and Moratinos, until he was sacked for a witless Trinity who claims there are no political prisoners in Venezuela; to paraphrase Cher, how can a woman be so dumb?).
Venezuela’s armed forces? Nope. The generals and admirals running the show are, without any exceptions that I can think of right now, corrupt. A few claim to be true Bolivarian revolutionaries, but they’re only in it for the money and they’d do whatever it takes to keep Chavez perpetually in power (because Hugo is the brand that keeps their thieving, drug trafficking, terrorist coddling asses out of prison).
The Venezuelan people? Venezuelans certainly are enraged after 12 years of Chavez’s ruinous regime, but the “bravo pueblo” is AWOL if not extinct. Vigilante justice is spreading in many barrios, but out in the streets people of both genders and all ages are routinely savaged on a daily basis and NO ONE intervenes to save them. Everyone goes about his or her own business and ignores the armed robbery or mugging or assault going down a few meters away from them.
The political opposition? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. In case any readers didn’t notice, Elias Jaua today chaired the first meeting of the new Federal Council of government that Chavez created by law so that he can completely ignore the existing constitutional branches of government. The oppo thinks it’s going to have a real impact in the new National Assembly, applying the legislative brakes to the Chavez regime and the gangsters that keep “Mico Mandante” in Miraflores. Good luck with that notion, amigos.
So what changes with Makled’s awesome allegations, then?
Nothing, zilch, zero.