MA TANDO A TIME CHA By Gustavo Bolivar Moreno.

"The only way to get rid of this nightmare we are liv ing is to kill Chavez and Chavez is not easy to kill. Has in his pocket all the armed forces and security rings are impenetrable. So you have to kill him from a far, with a sniper in the window of a building, as happened with Kennedy. " The comment came from a man who was walking with his wife on the third floor of Samb il mall in Caracas. Lord, as in his sixties, well dressed, well spoken and wellworship him, approached me with his wife and the two spoke to me quietly: "Mr. B olivar, I saw it. Last night on television and noticed how the show's host tried to shut him up, 'said the man. (He was referring to a look of bewilderment in t he air when I was talking about the censorship that had applied to the series Si n Tetas no paradise and program host beckoned me not to say that President Chave z likes to hear). I agreed to man that it had happened but I explained that the presenter did not because he disagreed with what I was saying, but because he wa s afraid that his channel ran the same fate as RCTV. And it was. And it is. Vene zuelan TV Channels are biting, all the bait of self-censorship fearing that thei r licenses are not renewed as happened to RCTV. Then Chávez's move is a masters troke as removed from a gash to his main opponent and launched them to other med ia, a terrifying subliminal message, which is the same used by dictators: He who is not with me is against me and may disappear. I felt it in every interview. T he opposite happened to me in a taxi when I asked his driver what he perceived b y the Chavez government. "This is a man with pants that did not hand trembled to put in place for the rich of this country and the president of the United State s. It's a boy and we support it because it is doing for the people, all that pas t presidents did not steal the bolivar to wander. Then the man I listed a number of social services that has made "The Bolivarian government of Hugo Chavez and I got a hint, when we got to the subject, that if something happened to him, the people would be civil war. These two comments, though isolated, represent today , the polarized thinking of Venezuelans who are sitting on a time bomb. Half of the people live, eat, work and even sleep thinking about the most creative way t o kill Chavez because they know he will never power. The other half, who knows w hat the other half thought, builds ideas on how to burn it all if something happ ens to Chavez. Future dark for a nation to know that if their leader is accelera te his socialist revolution the economy is going down but if the ruler dies, everything will be worse. OPPOSITION Resigned But the biggest problem is Venezuela today is not the polarization, or the mental state of war, nor Chavez and his dictatorial measures or press censorship, or the catastrophi c disappearance of the separation of powers so essential to a democracy or infla tion of 17% in 2006 and 2% in January 2007 or the specter of electoral fraud, or the threat of international standards on private property, or the devaluation o f the Bolivar, nor the black dollar Bs 5,000, or the 68 deaths per 100 000 inhab itants (one of the highest in Latin America), or imminent mass near the electric car, not Bush's announcement of a 20% reduction in gasoline consumption over th e next five years and not even notice socialist Chavez to provide education in s chools with 20,000 teachers imported from Cuba, nor the poor perception of secur ity among the people leaving them unable to walk the streets or capital flight, or brain drain, or the kidnapping of ranchers on the border by Colombian paramil itaries and guerrillas, nor the latent threat of a powerful nation and offended as the United States. No. The paramount problem in Venezuela is that the opposit ion is tired. She lowered her arms, resigned. And opposition can not function pr operly, not even a good government, if applicable. Because regardless of good or poor management of its President, which could not qualify to enter because I do not live there, Chavez needs the opposition to legitimize their acts of governm ent. But he apparently sees things differently and has made every effort to wear down the opposition and faith that he has. Not otherwise the Venezuelan Congres s could vote in its favor,€and without any counterbalance, the "Enabling Act" t hat allows the President Chávez to issue decrees with "range, value and force o f law" during 18 months to "deepen the Bolivarian revolution and move towards th e construction of socialism" . But how cool to Chavez did his opponents? Easy. C

ontrolling the flow of foreign currency for their companies collapse, threatenin g to expropriate any sector of the economy that do not conform to their actions, shooting during demonstrations to intimidate its opponents, imposing fines on c olumnists, even humor as happened to Laureano Márquez the daily Tal Cual Teodor o Petkoff, refusing to extend the contract to RCTV and, above all, because he co uld avoid, for two and a half months the stay of the economy to the productive s ectors were enemies of his regime. Chavez had no problem waiting, patiently hero , to the managers of the general strike that lasted 62 days until February 3, 20 03, to protest and get tired of losing money in their businesses to surrender by raising the Unemployment by its own decision but without an official announceme nt. Since then, Chavez governs at home, with a kneeling press sector and the other f rightened, business leaders and opposition thinking of migrating along with thei r capitals, linking broadcasters, for hours, every time you crave , enlarging th e state to dangerous levels of bureaucracy, with the creation of new businesses or Nationalization No other, without parliament until mid 2008, with the judicia ry in its pocket and with coffers full of petrodollars to take forward a project of socialism has failed in all latitudes of the world. A system of government t hat disregards democracy and capitalism while recourse to them to hold onto powe r. So it must be because there is no socialism without dictatorship. The dictato r is to socialism as the people to democracy. One without the other is not possi ble. And it permeates both his subjects and followers of his desire to control e verything, even the governor of Carabobo, Luis Acosta Carlez, tried to intervene the meeting of members of the baseball team of the Magallanes Navigators, and t he mayor of Caracas, Juan Barreto expropriated two golf courses in the city with the apparent intention of building in these areas social housing. In the first case Chavez came to overrule the governor, which shows his wisdom by not engagin g with the fans of a national sport club's logo and in the second case, the mayo r supported the measures. The Venezuelan landscape is not the best. I talked to people who hate Chávez and with whom I did love him. The members of the first g roup representing half of Venezuelans do not want to fight anymore because they know that Chavez will not go to bed late strikes or mass demonstrations against him. They feel that fighting is pointless and therefore they prefer to think of a word that is overcrowded and many refer to as Plan B. B consists of the famous plan to have under his arm a quick alternative to leave the country with their capitals. Have a problem and can not find the easy way to make their properties and turn them into U.S. dollars because they know that the Bolivar is a devalued currency that they would lose half of their fortunes. The other alternative is the armed struggle but the Venezuelan society do not have that belligerent and v iolent spirit that exists in other nations of the world such as ours. Fortunatel y, the Venezuelan has entrenched in her heart the word war. One can not imagine taking a Venezuelan in his hands a gun to overthrow a ruler. Plus. Members of th e second group, those who love Chavez are happy. They feel that finally someone representing their interests and social demands. Come to its chairman the man wh o supports and they are getting a decent place in a society that previously look ed askance. They are not thinking of leaving the country do not have to do it be cause, despite all the talk, Venezuela's poor remain poor. Especially since Chav ez is teaching them to fish, maybe not for you, but because they are giving away the fish. Although not all fit in the bureaucratic scheme that has become newly rich about 500 thousand Venezuelans, most enjoying better wages and more benefi ts and improvements in health systems and education. REVOLUTION WITHOUT AGGRESSION What poor Venezuelan s do not know for decades under the plundering of their ruling classes, is that all social actions of the "Bolivarian revolution" together are not enough to rep resent the poor of that country,€even half of what they have achieved the poor during the mayor of Bogotá Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa Lucho Garzon. T he first, a middle man who bet on education, culture and order, the second a rig ht man who bet on the infrastructure and the third a man of moderate left bet he

r education and disorder. None of the three had to resort to the much-vaunted "r evolution" to run huge social spending plans, much less to run over the rich of the city to carry out their projects. By contrast, the rich, have responded with sympathy to these ambitious plans educational and cultural. For example, Julio Mario Santodomingo just give away $ 10 million to educate in the best university in the country to gifted children from the popular sectors. Ardila Lule buildin g clinics, building schools Shakira, Fernando Botero, the father, gives works of universal art and their own museums and parks in Bogota and Medellin. Luis Carl os Sarmiento build sports centers and supports various social projects and the U nion of Antioquia and Social Foundation support microenterprises. Some say it's too little for the fortunes they have but "it's something than nothing" as our g randmothers said. Other rich people do not give anything. This shows that the po werful, handled with intelligence are more useful than when handling the kicking and is being put Chavez in Venezuela. The rich, nasty, stingy, generous, advant ageous or ones, will always exist. And you can not attack on their capitals and properties with a change of rules of the game developed on the fly. If you want to overcome social inequities, which clearly exist, they must resort to measures begin to work "from." Because many are not guilty of their fortunes. Some have inherited, others have achieved with great effort and with luck and cunning. Do not miss that you were enriched with ill-gotten money from the state or the drug business but it is justice and not all can be measured with the same brush. Thi s is what Hugo Chavez does not understand private property and its continued ref usal to stigmatize the rich can lead to failure of his socialist revolution. The rich do not they must fight, they should use and create in them a social consci ence. Just tell them to spend all the money they have do not suffice two thousan d years, they will begin to look at the poor and their consciences clean, close to sunset, providing a portion of what they have. So, the Venezuela unhappy thes e days faces a difficult dilemma. Continue with the arms down and let Chavez govern, legislate, provide justice, t o educate their children under the revolutionary scheme, and manage the national budget, auditors friends or re-raise their heads, filled with new vigor and con quer where it belongs to the opposition of any decent nation in the world. But t he respect that is required to be taken into account as an opposing force is not achieved with letters joropo ridiculous singing in early morning television pro grams, or attacking the ruling or treating a clown. The opposition won a place a nd respect between people and between the same government with proposals. Ruling in the shade. Joining the capital of the rich and doing social work in those pl aces where the state has not arrived. Investigating seriously. Protesting with r espect, peace and obstinacy as did Gandhi. By objective proposals. Praising with honesty and generosity of the good things the government does, because it makes them. Strengthening democracy forums that consider urgent reforms, such as elec tions, for example. Studying the opponent, baring their flaws and weaknesses. Co mmending the leadership of statesmen size characters, very charismatic as he was not the candidate Rosales during the last campaign and with a lot of credibilit y, something that few members of the opposition enjoyed by sectarianism, hatred and subjectivity as face journal his opponent. But most important: Preparing to govern when his turn because, as the adage states, there is no king to last one hundred years or people who resist. That will not happen again so the 13 and Apr il 14, 2002 when, after the overthrow of Chavez as president imposed a person wh o was not prepared to govern a nation threatened by the outbreak of civil war. T he cure was worse than the disease, and Pedro Carmona tried to dissolve the parl iament, the court, the prosecutor, the ombudsman and claimed extraordinary power s to legislate, so that several sectors,€including some military coup leaders a nd others of the same opposition, felt that things would get worse and chose to abort the attempt. Then the adventure lasted only hours and Chavez was on a silv er platter the opportunity to return to the Island of Orchila where he was detai ned by members of the armed forces. So if they want their opponents, by fatigue it causes them to continue fighting, is to kill Chavez, Chavez should know that not killed with a rifle and long range rifle scope, among other things, somethin

g wrong and dirty. A Chávez is killed with arguments, ideas and a tenacious, ti reless, healthy and effective exercise of civil resistance. And I have to start doing now or have to get used to living with their exotic, ruinous and arrogant style of government, because if something have to serve the powers conferred by the "Enabling Act" is to raise constitutional immediate reelection and lifetime of the presidents, namely, its perpetuation in power. Without democracy, no freedom, no freedom, no happiness without happiness is no paradise. Civil Resistance and peaceful. Perceptions of my trip to Caracas in Fe bruary 2007. Gustavo Bolivar Moreno. Colombian writer.