Last week Jimmy Carter fired off letters to Venezuela???s fraudulent president Nicolas Maduro and to Venezuela???s defrauded presidential candidate Enrique Capriles expressing ???grave concern??? regarding the political turmoil and bloodshed convulsing their nation. From his pulpit at Emory University???s Carter Center, the former U.S. president calls for ???dialogue??? among the embattled Venezuelan parties and offers to visit the troubled nation–but not as a formal ???mediator.???
The news of Carter???s proposed Venezuela visit was only hours old when alarmed Venezuelan anti-socialists sent out an SOS: ???Please, desist from your trip,??? reads an open letter from Venezuelan blogger/journalist Daniel Duquenal. ???You have absolutely no credibility in Venezuela???You have cursed us enough as it is. I can assure you that half of the country has no respect nor credibility for you and the other half (the Castroites) thinks you are a mere fool that they can use and discard as needed.???
Venezuela continues as a veritable battleground between hundreds of thousands of protesters and thousands of Cuban-trained government police and national guardsmen. Fifteen protesters have been shot dead, hundreds arrested and thousands injured. ???I feel as if this were a war zone,??? said one resident of the far-western city of San Cristobal, long known for it??? anti-Chavista activism.
Desperate to cow that area???s rebellious residents, Maduro even sent some his regime???s Russian-built Sukhoi warplanes to buzz (but not yet bomb) the area. ???It doesn???t matter if it takes a month, two months, three months. We have to get rid of this government,??? said one desperate protestor.
This is a very unequal battle. The protesters have overwhelming numbers on their side, but the Cuba-puppet regime has the guns, the planes, the tanks, the truncheons and the tear gas. Better still (for the Venezuelan regime) the hands-on tutelage of their repressive apparatus comes courtesy of a regime (Castro???s) that jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin???s during the Great Terror, and murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler???s murdered Germans during his first six. No ???security specialists??? in the Western Hemisphere can boast anything close to these credentials on their CV.
So like anyone else with stellar credentials, Castro???s military and police advisers demand top price for their services. Last year Venezuelan subsidies to Cuba totaled $10 billion. That???s more than double what the Soviets used to send. No, Castro???s KGB-trained murderers and torturers will not work for peanuts.
Alas, Castro???s ???security??? assistance to Maduro???s regime has lately been revealed as more than strictly ???advisory.??? Venezuelan social media (the only type still functioning freely in this Cuban satrapy) is leaking out some tragi-comedies: ???You???re not Venezuelan!??? yells a demonstrator to a heavily armed national Guardsman. ???Then sing the Venezuelan national anthem!??? and of course the man in the Venezuelan Guardsman???s uniform cannot.
Jimmy Carter has a long and illustrious history of ???mediation??? in disputed Venezuelan elections, dating back to 1998. In every case his mediation served to legitimize the electoral fraud of Venezuela???s Castroites and socialists. In fact the international legitimacy of Maduro???s fraudulent presidency owes much to Carter himself.
???The voting part??? of it was ???free and fair,??? declared Jimmy Carter after Maduro ???won??? the elections of April, 2013 shortly after Hugo??? Chavez death. ???Venezuela probably has the most excellent voting system that I have ever known,??? he concluded. Maybe if Jimmy Carter spent less time watching Wayne???s World and more time listening to the Venezuelan opposition he???d know that election was blatantly stolen by Maduro.
Jimmy Carter???s relationship with Venezuela???s current colonial overlords may explain his solicitude for the welfare of the Maduro regime. To wit:
???We greeted each other as old friends,??? gushed Jimmy Carter regarding his most recent meeting with Fidel Castro in April 2011.
???In 2002, we received him warmly,??? reciprocated Fidel. ???Now, I reiterated to him our respect and esteem.”
???Jimmy Carter was the best of all U.S. Presidents,??? gushed Fidel???s brother Raul while seeing his American guest off personally and jovially after those ultra-amiable meetings.
But Jimmy Carter???s affection for the Castros amounts to more than smiles, handshakes and love notes. On his most recent Cuban visit he appeared on Cuban TV to denounce the U.S. justice system and plead for the release of Cuban terrorist/spies (The Cuban Five) convicted by U.S. juries and upheld all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The charges against Castro???s spies included
???Gathering intelligence against the Boca Chica Air Naval Station in Key West, the McDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Homestead, Fla.
???Compiling the names, home addresses and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command???s top officers, along with those of hundreds of officers stationed at Boca Chica.
???Infiltrating the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command.
???Sending letter bombs to Cuban-Americans.
???Spying on McDill Air Force Base, the U.S. armed forces??? worldwide headquarters for fighting ???low-intensity??? conflicts.
???Locating entry points into Florida for smuggling explosives.
“I believe that there is no reason to keep the Cuban Five imprisoned,??? declared Jimmy Carter while being interviewed by a Communist apparatchik on Cuban TV. ???I had the opportunity to meet the families of the five Cuban patriots (italics mine), with their wives and with their mothers…..I’m well aware of the shortcomings of the U.S. judicial system (but apparently NOT the Cuban!) but hope that President Obama will grant their pardon. He knows my opinion on this matter, that the trial of the Cuban Five was very dubious, that many norms were violated.???
The man hailed as the ???Elder Statesman??? of America???s majority political party insulted the judicial system of the nation that elected him President while hosted by a regime that imported its judicial system???lock, stock and barrel???from the heirs of Joe Stalin.