I’ll admit, when Iris Varela was appointed to a cabinet position, I smiled broadly. Iris is a nutter, a loose cannon, the personification of unhinged chavista maximalism, but somehow also an ingenue, so earnest in her extremism she forgets to mind the details. All of this makes her an irresistible subject for a blogger – plus, did we mention? her hair looks funny.
But this, this is not funny. In the kind of move that seems culled from some right-wing parody of idiotic bleeding-heart liberalism, this crazy lady has actually banned sending people to jail. In a country with a five-figure murder rate.
No, Iris is not funny anymore. She’s dangerous. She’s very, very dangerous.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.