“A few days ago I received some information that they want to make an attempt against the governor of Miranda, and it’s not the Government,” President Hugo Chavez announced during a telephone call to “Dando y Dando,” a staunchly pro-regime program broadcast by state-owned VTV television.
Law enforcement and national security officials of the CICPC and Sebin intelligence service already “have met with the campaign command of the candidate of the right, because the State must be the guarantor of the security of every citizen,” Chavez said.
“…(h)ere the government is the first guarantor of security and tranquility of all Venezuelans, it is very regrettable that the dirty war laboratory, like the opposition, is launching this media campaign (that the regime is provoking all the recent political violence),” the cancer-ridden Chavez added.
It’s not the first time that President Chavez has publicly announced an alleged assassination plot against an opposition presidential candidate. During the 2006 presidential campaign, Chavez declared, without ever supplying even a shred of proof, that his security services had discovered and stopped a plan to murder Manuel Rosales, the former Zulia governor now in exile.
What is Chavez up to? The president likely has several objectives in mind.
1.Chavez is attempting to intimidate and frighten presidential candidate and Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski, perhaps to discourage the young governor from walking boldly into the “barrios” of Caracas and every other city and town in Venezuela.
2.Chavez is establishing the foundations of plausible deniability. Notice how quickly the regime’s mouthpieces started to parrot Chavez’s theme of “it won’t be our fault if the opposition kills Capriles.” Within an hour of the president’s call to “Dando y Dando,” a presidential adviser on Arab issues who speaks Spanish with an odd accent, and a National Assembly Deputy who associates with illegal armed groups like La Piedrita, gave televised inteviews in which they declared, basically, that the Chavez regime is never violent, that all of the political violence denounced by the opposition MUD in reality is manufactured by the opposition right-wing fascists, and that if anyone kills Capriles it certainly won’t be the peace-loving, law-abiding Bolivarian revolution.
Here’s alleged “internationalist” Raimundo Kabchi, who reportedly is the president’s senior adviser on policy issues related to the Arab/Muslim peoples:
And here’s National Assembly Deputy Robert Serra, who recently was photographed alongside children armed with assault rifles at a political rally in 23 de Enero organized and hosted by La Piedrita chieftain Valentin Santana:
Chavez and his gangster associates need to have plausible deniability solidly in place, because…
3.Chavez’s public warning of an alleged plot to assassinate opposition presidential candidate signals that he has authorized the killing of Capriles Radonski if that’s what it takes to preserve the imploding and increasingly desperate Bolivarian regime’s hold on power.
Capriles Radonski, and his senior campaign managers including his security people presumably know, and have no doubts, about the huge risk that Capriles could be assassinated at any time. Also presumably, Capriles Radonski is getting the security he needs from professionals. But if someone really wants to whack Capriles, it can easily happen anytime, anywhere, regardless of how many security personnel surround him.
Capriles Radonski could be killed with a bullet or a bomb, or it could be made to look like an accident.
It could be done by a lone gunman who gets so close to Capriles that he can’t possibly miss his target, or perhaps it could be a sniper who busts a cap in Henrique’s head from a considerable distance.
It could also happen in a sudden outbreak of street chaos created by PSUV gunmen like the ones who fired at Capriles recently in Cotiza with weapons supplied by known PSUV officials.
It’s also possible that an aircraft in which Capriles is a passenger crashes due to a mechanical failure. After all, Venezuela has a horrible reputation for not maintaining anything in good operational condition. Remember Renny Ottolina’s death on the Avila in an airplane crash which to this day has never been clarified satisfactorily?