Raúl Baduel, a former army general and Minister of Defense in Venezuela – who is now serving an eight-year prison term for engaging in “administrative irregularities” and considers himself a political prisoner – was allowed to speak to the press yesterday.
The dissident ex-minister had much to say.
Here are some of the highlights. The entire interview is available HERE, in Spanish.
– The de facto installation of Chavez as president in absentia on January 10 has created “a pseudo-state, a fiction, a pirate regime dressed up in democratic garb that tries to hide the fact that it is a postmodern fascist dictatorship.”
– The Venezuelan Supreme Court has made it possible for this illegal state to be created.
– The presence of Cuban military personnel in Venenozuela is “shameful,” and resented by many Venezuelans.
– The current state of affairs can be described not just as a military occupation of Venenozuela by Cuba, but also as an economic, political, and social occupation. Chavez invited Fidel Castro to claim power in Venezuela and to spread his own brand of “castro-comunismo” throughout the country.
– When asked “Is it right to ascribe so much power to Castro?”, Baduel replied: “Fidel Castro should not be underestimated. He has mastered the supreme refinement of the art of war, which is to conquer other lands without swords or bloodshed.”
– When he was Defense Minister, he informed Chavez of the presence of major drug smugglers in the military, but Chavez did nothing to stop these “narcotraficantes.”