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“‘Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.’ The disciples began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking.” John 13:21-22

Though the Cabinet Table sits way more than 12 disciples, when the failed Socialist government’s crucifixion is at hand, one of two things tend to happen: the disciples leave the table a couple of seconds before the administration outs them, or they, smelling betrayal, point at each other publicly, so the actions of the “traitor” seem like vengeance and not repentance.

No matter how they leave, traitors become Judases. They sell-out the Socialist government for 30 silver coins and the satisfaction of seeing the boat sink from afar.

The Judases, however, are ensnared; they betrayed the Son, but still defend the Father and the Holy Spirit. They want to give their 30 silver coins back to Venezuelans, to protect the so-called legacy of Chávez and Fidel, even if they still want to see the Son burn in hell.

Who are these Judases?

Jorge Giordani, engineer behind the main policies of control and economic intervention, gave Maduro a kiss on the cheek in an open letter, in which he states that, since Maduro took office, “I was concerned with two things. The first was tackling corruption and holding it in check for a new control of the large funds of the State. The second was introducing new mechanisms to handle public spending and take it back to courses that are sustainable in time.” However, “it’s painful and alarming to see a presidency transmitting no leadership, seemingly looking for it in the repetition, without coherence, of Commander Chávez’ proposed guidelines.”

Luisa Ortega Díaz, former Prosecutor General, took a longer, more proactive road. In the words of Raúl Stolk, “she went from moving against the constituyente to moving against its enablers. She’s been working her way to the top, methodically.” This, by the way, is the same Ortega Díaz that, in 2014, stated: “Human rights violations are not a state policy, but there are always individuals within the police force that can commit excesses. That is where the State and the office I preside guarantee that the violation will be investigated and prosecuted, and that those responsible will be held accountable (…) the most humanist man to ever walk the Earth was Hugo Chávez.” Moreover, after years of condoning this disastrous government, she now claims to have several files with evidence of corruption that splash many of the high-end Madurista — and she seeks justice.

Gabriela del Mar Ramírez, who left the Ombudsman office in December 2014, and a position as attached advisor to the Legal Counsel of the Supreme Tribunal in mid-2017. Ramírez broke away from Maduro’s government when it convened the National Constituent Assembly, tweeting on August 5:

Remember, Ramírez was Ombudsman during the 2014 protests, becoming infamous after saying “Torture… inflicts physical suffering to an individual in order to obtain a confession and we have to set it apart from cruel treatments or disproportionate use of force.” Looks like it’s more important to differentiate the types of abuse, than to avoid them.

Rafael Ramírez, President of PDVSA for close to a decade, held five, five simultaneous high-level positions in the government at the time of his destitution in September 2014. After he resigned as Venezuela’s Ambassador to the UN, on December 31, 2017, Ramírez published an open letter in Aporrea, stating: “You’re killing the Revolution that El Comandante Chávez entrusted us with, you’ve surrounded yourself of an inner circle and think you can do whatever you want with this country and with our legacy. In a mixture of arrogance, ignorance, incapacity, cynicism and great irresponsibility, you’ve pushed our People to an unimaginable situation of suffering and humiliation. A huge setback. El Comandante Chávez didn’t ask us to support what’s happening, he would never have done that.”

Miguel Rodríguez Torres is not your average dissident chavista: Armed Forces’ Major and co-conspirator on Chávez’s 1992 coup, he led the Venezuelan intelligence services between 2002-2005 and 2009-2013. Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace between 2013 and 2014, one of his bodyguards was even involved in the murder of Bassil Da Costa on February, 2014. On October of that year, President Nicolás Maduro removed Rodriguez Torres from his post after a clash between the CICPC and colectivos leading to the death of five members and two leaders of the latter. Since then, Rodríguez Torres has become a hard critic of Maduro and thinks it’s time to refound chavismo. He’s now in prison, we’re not sure which.

Holy Week is the perfect time for repentance and forgiveness. I, for one, will do my best to forgive these, and many other Judases, including those bound to come.

Just don’t expect me to forget what they’ve done to our country.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. If you are willing to forgive these bandits you are well in your way to heaven, Anabella. They cannot be forgiven. Justice has to be applied or we will never be able to regain respectability

  2. If you are willing to forgive these trash yoyu are already well in your way to heaven, Anabella. They should be punished if Venezuela wants to recover its dignity

    • My understanding of forgiveness (from my ill-spent Catholic youth, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine [CCD] days!) was that you not only had to ask for it, but for forgiveness to be given and reconciliation to occur, you must acknowledge your wrong doings and be contrite. A confession wasn’t deemed absolutely necessary (though helpful), but contrition was.

      I have a suspicion that none will acknowledge any misdeeds. Any politico worth their salt knows how to work the “non-apology apology”… they will apologize for not making it clear enough to you what their good intentions were. Ergo, YOU were too stupid to understand how awesome THEY were.

      And contrition? May as well ask the leopard to change his spots.

  3. It will be cool to see all the photoshopping when the Chavista Train eventually goes over the blown up bridge that is Venezuela.

    I suggest various backgrounds including the Trials of Nuremburg.
    http://scd.france24.com/fr/files_fr/imagecache/france24_ct_api_bigger_169/article/image/nuremberg-proces-70-anniversaire.jpeg

    and the OJ Simpson trial
    https://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffortunedotcom.files.wordpress.com%2F2016%2F01%2Fgettyimages-157073731.jpg&w=800&q=85

  4. Forgiveness requires atonement for ones sins. Forgiveness does not imply forget your misdeeds instead it means forsaking the justice that is due
    To me because of the offense that I have received.

    For example if I break my neighbors window, even if he forgives me I am duty bound to replace it.

    • Right. Compensation if possible, but the objective is not revenge. The objective is social recognition of the crime or wrongdoing, and prevention of recurrence. A man knows intuitively when he is doing something wrong, but it is the duty of society to call him out on that and confirm for him that he did wrong, then point out to him what was wrong about it.

      I think the article is sacrilegious. I can forgive that, and find reasons to explain and understand, but I don’t let it go by as if it were OK. Turning in a criminal or reporting a crime is not a “betrayal”, and to compare that to the betrayal of Jesus is ludicrous at best. Annabella could have compared to something else, like criminals turned state’s evidence, or the Nazis who were enlisted to work in the reconstruction of Germany after WW II. Those French who collaborated with the Nazis had their heads shaved. Hair grows back, and it is not painful to cut it. It is not possible to bring back the dead, but the crime of collaboration did not go unnoticed, and those who committed it were shamed. Hopefully the shame brought about recognition of the wrong and an improvement in their behavior.

      • Gringo..I was thinking the same thing. I don’t think there are any parallels to be drawn between a murderous group of thieves and Jesus and his apostles. Not the best example that could have been used although I understand that it was to try and tie the story into the Easter celebration.

        • The allusion to the movie “A Fistful of Dollars” was cool and apt – bandits who rob Mexican army of gold and a stranger (Clint Eastwood stars) steps into the mess selling information. Hopefully Venezuela as a nation will learn from mistakes and not make the same ones again. I still say the potential is there to return to a leading position in LatAm (South America and the Caribbean basin, Central America) and be admired not just for the recovery but for continuing accomplishment. There are a lot things that are not wrong with the population, a lot of things that are right, but unfortunately, the leadership of the elite has been in the wrong direction for decades (it seems).

          • I love All the Clint Eastwood ! movies. Clint is somewhat of a hero in these parts of the country.
            For Venezuela to go from the “dregs” of the Lat Am community to a leadership role is going to be a long improbabe journey for the foreseeable future. Even after the despots are gone, by whatever means, it will take years and years for the country to return to anything resembling normalcy.

          • Gringo, it is nice to hear an optimistic voice for a change! It ain’t going to be easy, but I agree, the potential is there.

        • Tom – Apparently this is a tradition in Venezuela going back to 1499 when they burned Amerigo Vespucci in effigy for selling trinkets in exchange for pearls. Shows my lack of total immersion into Venezuelan culture and tradition. Still seems to me the analogies are a bit out of place, but apparently they have similar traditions in Mexico – I didn’t read further.

          My apologies to Anabella.

          Lorenzo – Thanks for your similar optimism! I go back to the novel “The Lord of the Flies”. Not saying Venezuela is like a bunch of pre-teens, but the novel is about kids marooned on an island without any adults. They go totally wild, totally uncultured, kill the least popular kid, a fat boy with thick glasses, and put his head on a stake. Really tribal. The adults manage to get a ship to them, and when adults appear on the island, suddenly the kids snap out of it and become the well-behaved pre-teens they were before they were marooned. The U.S. has seen similar things, in riots that last for days, destroying communities, then dissipate when police show up, and a community regret sets in and peace is restored. It’s worse than “just a riot” in Venezuela, it seems, but order can be restored rather suddenly after the storm blows itself out. Being realistic is good, but pessimism isn’t so good and can lead to errors.

    • If you want to see a good example of forgiveness and atonement check out the movie ‘The Mission’. There Deniro’s character murders his brother and then repents and atones for it in Hollywood style:-)

  5. Every top Chavista Criminal should burn in hell for eternity. All of them, from the very beginning of the tragic Cubanization of Kleptozuela, almost 20 years ago. All Mega-Thieves, liars, culpable criminals of the highest caliber with blood in their hands. Responsible for the utter destruction and desecration of an entire nation. Responsible for of elderly woman crying in the streets because her children are hungry. Guilty for the deaths of over Half a Million people to violent crime, not to mention the thousands of deaths due to the health care system they destroyed. Burn in hell. Forever.

    But Communist Papa Pancho Pope just declared that Hell doesn’t exist (he just saved himself from eternal damnation for not even visiting the suffering Venezuelan people, after visiting, hugging and laughing with the Castro assassins). So all of these despicable mega-criminals should be judged and sentenced to life in prison, one of their own prisons, like the one that just burned. A hell-hole worse than any god would create above. Cadena Perpetua, no parole PLUS forced labor: Make them work in desert conditions to prove that Chavista”urban agriculture” doesn’t work. Make them grow tomatoes or potatoes and raise chickens in that filthy prison, if they want to eat. Their own feces are would save the tax payers money on prison fertilizers.

    It’s simple: Unpunished crime sets kills any society, it quickly repeats itself and multiplies. Beyond morality and values mentioned above, or the Platonic notion of Justice, it’s about setting a precedent to dissuade future thugs to do the same. No Rocket Science there. Let these animals go free, “religious” pardon? Amnesty? Then TWICE as many deadly thugs, even worse than these, will be bred in the near future.

    A disastrous, lawless hellhole like Kleptozuela needs Severe Punishment now more than ever. A Big Stick is the only way to teach such an uneducated, twisted, amoral, highly corruptible populace. Unfortunately the putrid MUD can’t do Justice the way it should be done. Only an MPJ, unfortunately, would be tough enough to give all those thugs and many more what they deserve. And set people straight. As Pinochet did with Chile. Too bad there’s a cost, but much less than Chavismo, huh.. Hopefully, then, Papa Pancho is wrong and they will all burn in some hell up there.

    • Papa Pancho was deliberately misquoted by 93 year old Scalfary. The Cathechism of the Catholic Church, a precise compendium of the dogma clearly states so.

        • The Knucklehead heard about Jean Paul Sartre, congratulations!

          Renacuajo: My apology doesn’t go to Communist Pope PapaPancho anyway. Whether he believes in stupid, utterly absurd “burning hells in the sky”, or not.

  6. Since these Chavista criminals zoomed Venezuela back into the 19th Century, the ideal, exemplary forms of punishment would be the Guillotine (“Guillotina Bolibanana Rebolusionaria”, since they love “Revolutions”) or Public Hanging: A few delightful Ceremonies at the Valencia Plaza de Toros, entrada libre pal’ pueblo, con musica, comida gratis y demas festividades, transmitida en vivo por el Canal del Pueblo, Kleptozolana de Television: Invitados especiales : NarcoCabello, Nicolasno, Reverol, Diablos Rodriguez Delcy y Jorgito, Tarek, Padrino and major ‘generals’, Rodriguez Torres, Luisita, TibiBitch, Maikel y los 12 corruptos del TSJ, All PDVSA and Corpoelec thugs, and please don’t forget Aristobulo and Medemoiselle Iris Varela!

    All left hanging there, so our highly corruptible pueblo-people and future ‘politicians’ would remember for a long time. It would really set a crystal-clear example for future corrupt MUD criminals, currently being bred. Unfortunately, it’s the 21st century elsewhere in the world, and my dream won’t come true.

    • I think that when (eventually) the ship finally sinks, a little bit of “French Revolution” style justice might be just the thing. A learning experience for the despots.

      Maduro can play the part of Robespierre#. Diosdado can be Danton**. Delcy can play the part of Saint-Just*.

      Not too much. Just a little bit. Enough to spook the likes of Evo Morales, Lula and the Cubans.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~

      #Nicky (and his toady Néstor Reverol) can be placed in a small, hillside cottage outside of Caracas, and a lottery can be held to see who gets to shoot small arms fire at the building for a couple hours while they beg to be released; while the Big PowerBall winner gets to finish them off with RPG’s. Recorded for later YouTube release.

      **Diosdado… now wouldn’t it be poetic justice… the ultimate irony should he meet his end… con el mazo dando?

      *Delcy… doubt she’ll stick around for the end game. Her and her evil twin will skedaddle off to Cuba before justice gets served.

  7. “The 1992 revolt by members of the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement claimed 18 lives and left 60 injured before Mr Chavez gave himself up. He was languishing in a military jail when his associates tried again to seize power nine months later. Mr Chavez spent two years in prison before being granted a PARDON by President Perez in 1994. He then relaunched his party as the Movement of the Fifth Republic and made the transition from soldier to politician.”

    His populist party, and election in 1998 has resulted in destruction of the country’s productive capacity, emigration of millions, the death of many tens of thousands, and the impoverishment of tens of millions. I remember when things weren’t going well my Venezuelan friends would say “it’s not Chavez, it’s the people around him” ignoring that Chavez put them there and rotated them, while they enriched themselves, etc. Now Venezuela should consider offering amnesty for these criminals? Well, how did Hugo’s amnesty work for you? What would your country look like now if he had remained where he deserved? I’m Christian, but even Christians must have limits and morals.

  8. Justice can be impersonal , thats what the blindfold is for , retribution of inflicted pain is built into the human psyche , but also important is that the crime be recognized , pointed out , that the criminal be shown to be a criminal ………the second thing is that the criminal pay atonement for what he did , that if you stole money you give it back , interesting what theyve done with corrupt sheiks in Saudi Arabia , they are very practical people , if they pay the govt their ill gotten gains they go free , even if there is no full retribution there is at least compensation for the harm done …….and of course a strong lesson …dont commit these crimes, crime doesnt pay ……..what about chavistas that after they commited their crimes have fallen out of favour , are they then redeemed by trying to make up for what they did , I think thats the question that this article poses , not whether Maduro or Diosdado should get punished physically upon their loss of power ……., there is no easy answer , in the US justice system is a criminal collaborates in collaring the biggest culprits in a crime their sentence is reduced or minimized , that absolutely scandalous for us latin americans , we want justice to taste like revenge , but the gringos are very practical …maybe there is something to be learned from them …!!

  9. Listening to their tortuous excuses and finger-pointing, and knowing the world is rejecting them, is pretty satisfying revenge in and of itself.

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