Saturday, February 21, 2009

Supine Diplomacy

Updated on February 22, 2009

Dear Journalists,

Following the outrageous bizarre imitation to a democratic election that took place in Venezuela last February 15, I believe that the best thing to do is to explain to those in power what is taking place in Venezuela.

Journalists like
Charles Krauthammer of The Washington Post are paying attention to what is taking place around the world. Mr. Krauthammer expressed in his article:

"Obama's Supine Diplomacy"

I" would like to think the supine posture is attributable to a rookie leader otherwise preoccupied (i.e., domestically), leading a foreign policy team as yet unorganized if not disoriented. But when the State Department says that Hugo Chávez's president-for-life referendum, which was preceded by a sham government-controlled campaign featuring the tear-gassing of the opposition, was "for the most part . . . a process that was fully consistent with democratic process," you have to wonder if Month One is not a harbinger of things to come."

Many personalities are speaking out, and the time has come where those in power take ownership on how to restore democracy and protect citizens who are abused by deranged leaders.

Ambassador Diego Arria, and Internationalist Pedro Mario Burelli made the following comments concerning Chavez's odd referendum results:

"The US officially believes that the referendum 'was held consistent with democratic principles'. Which democratic principles? Those contained in the OAS's Democratic Charter? In the US Constitution? or in Our Venezuelan Constitution that was repeatedly violated to facilitate 'the process'" (Pedro Mario Burelli)

The hastiness to provide the regime with a clean bill of health recalls President Carter asking former Secretary of State , Colin Powel to do the same a few hours after the polls had been closed in the 2004 referendum without even finishing a proper electoral auditing as should have been the case.

This editorial makes the case perfectly clear on what represents a major mistake by the new administration in handling a regime that is the most active enemy they will face in the Americas.

Washington’s Reaction to the Chávez Referendum

Diego Arria comments on the referendum in the Inter-American Dialogues

María Conchita asegura que la oposición ganó


Ambassador Adolfo Taylhardat comments in his bi-weekly column about the abuses that European Deputy Luis Herrero suffered in the hands of Chavistas after the infamous leader kicked him out-of-the-country for expressing his opinion. Perhaps Chavez did not want any observer to catch him in his alleged fraud against the Venezuelan people. Why did Chavez have to intimidate people from exercising their right to vote?

Brutal atropello

Spanish lawmaker Luis Herrero expelled from Venezuela after calling Hugo Chávez a dictator

Financial Times: Chavez Triumphant (February 19, 2009)

As always, Venezuelans need help from developed governments and international organizations to restore democracy and end corruption.


Maru Angarita
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