Preparing for the wrong conflict

Estos misiles son la patria nueva...
Estos misiles anti-aereos son la patria nueva…

The new Defense Minister Diego Molero Bellavia visited this week the new missile complex of Paraguaná (located near the Josefa Camejo Airport) and told reporters it will be ready in 2013.

The new base, armed with the Russian S-125 Neva/Pechorawill SAM missile system, will protect our territorial seas and the CRP oil refining “strategic” facilities.

The missile base was supposed to be ready this year, as Molero’s predecessor (and new Trujillo State Governor) Henry Rangel Silva informed during a visit in March. Let’s wait and see what happens in the next six to twelve months.

As the Chavernment keeps wasting spending money in shiny new junk weapons, the real everyday conflict in Venezuela is still rampant: The long Christmas weekend was the most violent in Caracas this year and the latest independent estimates show that 2012 could end up crossing the historical threshold 0f +20.000 violent deaths.

What’s the response from the Interior Minister after 19 security plans? We need help.

Paraphasing a famous comic book: With great ballistic power, comes great irresponsibility.

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  1. For a country that has never been to a war with another country since the independence day, all this armament and the power given to the military is way over the top and absolutely unnecessary to me.
    Same thing goes to the privileges of the venezuelan military “class”, people that don’t know what a battleground is but they know very well how to shake the ice their 18 year old whisky in the over the top parties.
    I dream with the day that we can do like Costa Rica, or at least turn the military into a national police and put them to work, getting them on the streets to fight the crime, the real venezuelan war.

    • well said. but I think the armaments and power given to the military are necessary — to keep the military in the pockets of those in power, and to keep the people in fear, uncertainty and stupidity. Thus the recipe for the ya’ll-under-my-thumb dictatorship.

  2. It’s also a necessary subsidy to the Russian Arms industry, Putin is after all one of Chavez’s good friends. Not that all those purchases of Russian arms will do any good in the case of an invasion by “The Empire”, if such an wild thing were to happen, this missile complex would be turned into a smoking pile of rubble a la Libya’s Russian air defenses.

  3. The real threat to the CRP lies inside its doors and its made up of the people purportedly managing it and who must on orders from the Supremos set aside the real maintenance and upkeep needs of the facilities in order to dedicate all their efforts to supporting the electoral and propaganda efforts of the regimes candidates . Sadly missiles are useless to protect the CRP from this kind of threat.

  4. I’m glad you keep on updating us with the most important story in all of the Chavista debacle.

    What I find particularly sad to see is the seemingly increasing general acceptance or denial about the level of criminality in Venezuela. Horrendous murders are just part of the landscape now and they seem to barely make the news.

  5. Good post. The good news is, all this death junk can be resold to another fucked up banana government that has contempt for its own people, when the time is right.

  6. From their viewpoint, it’s not the wrong conflict. These people’s reason for being is the permanence of Hugo Chávez, and then themselves, in power. For the rabble, they already have the Kalashnikovs and sniper rifles to disrupt demonstrations. For foreign display and domestic chest-thumping, they have the missiles, the myth machine and whatnot.


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