Armando Valladares channels Vito Corleone

“Listen, whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting, (dialogue) he’s the traitor.”

“Venezuela’s liberty is imperiled by one thing: “dialogue,” synonimous with treason. Those who want dialogue ( a deal) simply want to save Maduro and his regime. Cuba is also asking for dialogue. It’s a sign of their weakness.” (Armando Valladares, El Universal, March 22, 2014)


(I trust folks wont accuse me of equating anti-communist freedom-fighter and human-rights hero Armando Valladares with a brutal mobster. I trust they’ll understand I’m simply pointing out their similar shrewdness regarding human nature and power-politics.)