May 29, 2007

A word of caution for my fellow destabilizers

Katy says: As we read the news on the student protests and watch the government's heavy-handed approach to dispersing the crowds, we are reminded of the wave of protests in 2001 and 2002 that culminated in the Carmonazo.

So now is as good a time as any to ask: where is all this leading? Do we have any hope that Chavez will allow RCTV back on the air? The government's repression will surely be bad news for Chavez and his tarnished image overseas, but after almost universal condemnation for the closure, is there anything else to gain in that regard?

I heard an idea that one of the points is to force the Copa América to be held somewhere else, which would be a big embarassment for the dictator, kicking him where it hurts the most (his ego). But will we have the strength to reach that point?

Maybe I'm missing the tactical objective of this "massive destabilization plan." Maybe the answer is obvious. But I think that, after being led into the lion's den far too many times by obscure powers, Venezuelans should keep these questions in their head before going out and serving as target practice for the government's goons.