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July 11, 2006

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Henry

I would love to see Chávez's supporters implore his beloved leader to do something about the 40 real, not virtual, Venezuelans who die every day, victims of real, not virtual, crime.

Claudio

henry
where can you get reliable figures for the number of crime-related deaths in venezuela since chavez came to power? has the number gone up or down since he came to power?
thanks
claudio

Henry

Claudio: Unfortunately, the Venezuelan government has chosen to bury its collective head in the sand regarding crime. Believe it or not, they are no longer publishing crime statistics.

This article, published last week in the Miami Herald, shows the extent of their lack of responsibility: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/americas/14711906.htm

Excerpt:

"The national police virtually shut down their media office two years ago, and journalists and foreign diplomats alike struggle to obtain any data from the Justice and Interior ministries, keepers of the official crime statistics.

'They have no statistics,' said one foreign diplomat, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Analysts say that the lack of official data or response is only fueling the fear that law-enforcement officers are part of the problem.

In the last year, there have been numerous reports of police and National Guard officers involved in kidnappings, drug trafficking and murder. In central Guárico state, for instance, the governor was linked to police-run death squads last year.

`CARNIVAL OF RUMORS'

'Since they don't tell us anything, it's a carnival of rumors,' said Raul Arrieta, a law professor at the Central University in Caracas and part-time security consultant. 'And it's like everyone knows where they have the guns, where the kidnappers are, where the terrorists are -- everyone, it seems, except the government.'"

Henry

The only way to estimate the number of crime-related deaths in Venezuela is to follow the daily tally in the national press. It is not 100% accurate, but it gives you a pretty good idea. My estimate is that it has gone up substantially, although historically the numbers began increasing dramatically since the Caracazo (1989).

Claudio

henry
thanks for the info. so when is the last year that the government released figures and where can i find them?
thanks
claudio

Boli-Nica

One wonders if Venezuelans are worried more about virtual gringos trashing virtual Caracas, or the virtual voters in their virtual electoral rolls.

Chavez vs. Bono, no doubt deeper thinkers can find multiple symbolic meanings to that showdown.
I just found it kind of funny:

http://bolicarreras.blogspot.com/2006/07/chavez-venezuela-chavistas-now-take-on.html

Courtenay Barnett

From: The desk of Courtenay Francis Raymond Barnett
To: President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C.
U.S.A.

11th August, 2006

Dear George,

Re: Terrorism

This is a personal appeal for you to decide. I know that you are “the decider” who will make sensible decisions once you read this letter. The topic is terrorism.

The noun “terrorism” is on a lot of peoples’ minds.

The Oxford English dictionary informs me that the word means, “use of violence and intimidation especially for political purposes.”

I recall Nelson Mandela resorting to violence when peaceful requests failed to achieve his political ends of justice and representation for all South Africans. The Palestinians seem likewise to have been radicalised over time after their legitimate political grievances for justice, representation and statehood were ignored.

Keeping occupied land, not respecting the dictates of UN Resolution 242 while not withdrawing to the 1967 borders, imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians, building Apartheid walls around the Palestinians, of course are the types of minor irritants that could never in the minds of fair and just people ever constitute any form of violence or intimidation for political purposes –never! It is the Palestinian terrorists that we need to fight George for they are the core of the problem.

Your attitude does seem to be that we must fight Arabs ( unless they become compliant partners such as our friends in the House of Saud), Moslems, immigrants, communists like Hugo Chavez and the majority that democratically support him in Venezuela, poor people at home and abroad, minorities, liberals and working people everywhere – to mention a few of the human vermin we must oppose to defend democracy. Surely, it is not hard to accept that it is all the above people most likely to use terrorist bombs, but the ones who build and supply the bombs even from the US can never be termed terrorists.

Your policies are truly just because you fight the Islamic terrorists. Best to supply bigger and better bombs to Israel George, to kill all the terrorists.

It really was necessary to permit this war in Lebanon to escalate because you genuinely want a just and lasting peace and we do need to find and kill all the terrorists, every last one. As the world can see, your decision to let the war in Lebanon continue has produced admirable results. Terrorist bridges have been destroyed, terrorist babies have been killed, terrorist highways have been bombed, terrorist apartment buildings have been razed to the ground, substantial terrorist infrastructure has been reduced to rubble, terrorist highways are left impassable, entire terrorist families driving along with their few personal belongings have been annihilated, and even a fair number of terrorist octogenarians have been removed from their life of terrorism. We appreciate that this occurred because it was necessary and you had to decide wisely and humanely to let the cycle of hatred and slaughters continue so as to kill the terrorists.

It is widely appreciated that your policies are ever increasingly promoting social cohesion and global peace being the compassionate conservative humanitarian that you are.

The policy prescriptions relied on to find and kill all terrorists, has let the majority of sensible people in the world glean that terrorists are born and are not bred by their circumstances and perceptions. It thus remains constructive for you to continue pursuing
every terrorist baby and get to them with more pre-emptive invasions to those countries in which the terrorists are born.

It would, of course, be unjust at this stage, to suggest for a moment, that the idea of occupying others’ countries, ousting foreign leaders, or worse yet inviting their assassination is anything other than the use of violence or intimidation for political purposes. However, we can rest assured that legitimate force deployed by your good self as Commander in Chief is quite distinct from the savage terrorism that truly dangerous people employ in the world.

George, with your brilliant mind, clear-headed grasp of the dynamics of world affairs, and even deeper knowledge of history these attributes leave us in no doubt that you will continue with the great job that you are doing. Your distinguished military career is an ever supporting great asset which gives us even more confidence in the personal sacrifices you are willing to make to protect our freedoms with the demonstrated bravery you have at heart.

More time is needed George, we do understand. Your handling of the Palestine problem assures us of a lasting peace based on your decisions as we continue to rout out the terrorists. When we consider Israel, I, along with many more millions in the world, take solace that you are a faith-based leader and decider. Israel, you have decided, is totally correct and there was no need for an immediate ceasefire in the Lebanon war. Let the disproportionate bombing continue, the deaths and hatreds spread and the cycle of violence roam the Middle East and escape into the wider world. The world remains extremely appreciative of these charitable decisions – and we know that charity does begin at home from the White House.

The sensible, decent, freedom and peace loving majority of the world are with you and your policies George.

Believe me George, that I speak for literally millions of people around the world who see events in the way I have described. Despite the genie of hatred having been let out free to roam the Middle East – we are confident that you know how to and will catch and put him permanently back in his bottle with your policies. We also know that your polices are assured of winning your unending “ war on terror”. Obdurate as the “war on terror” is, you have a wonderful grasp of events and the laws of cause and effect that will ensure that you win this unending war that you have declared on the world.

As we struggle for justice in this world of your design and desire, we ( some of us in graves) rest assured that so too do you struggle for your own special brand of justice and global peace.

Compassionately yours as well.

Yours faithfully,

Courtenay

P.S. Remember that you are a respected and great student of history George who will recall these words: "This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Courtenay Barnett is a graduate of London University. His areas of study were economics, political science and international law. He has been a practising lawyer for over twenty years, has been arrested for defending his views, and has argued public interest and human rights cases. His web site: www.globaljusticeonline.com where this letter appears on the blog.

ana

There is something clear here: Americans always liked to:

1.Meddle in any latin american affairs.Don't you have enough problems back home and still meddling in OUR own
affairs in Latin America?

2.Hate us... due to the lack of nothing better to do with their own lives.

3.Like to relocate in Latin America while
refusing to speak in spanish and hate
latin american culture.

I tell something. If I hate the U.S ..I DO NOT GO THERE.PERIOD.Not even consume their
products, nor even travel there.
Americans,can you live your life to yourselves and leave the WORLD and LATIN
AMERICA ALONE?

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