This issue about dialogue is a very complicated matter in Venezuela, so we better go real slow on this and try to avoid the many tricks and traps along the way. The only thing we have got so far is a project, whose mechanism remains unknown, in order to lessen the impact of violent crime devouring the entire country, a problem that is top priority to resolve as deemed by most Venezuelans.
In order to attack any disease, it is required to have a diagnosis as accurate as possible, which means the true nature of the illness must be defined. This is something hard to achieve since the Venezuelan government is prone to tell lies all the time and blame everybody else for its own sins and blunders.
The latest is an “induced and criminal” inflation, as President Nicolás Maduro calls the last 15 years of economic stupid mistakes from the Government. Let’s just analyze a few main aspects of the violence issue.
First things first: The figures. The Government insists that murder rates in Venezuela are going down every time and also that they stand at 39 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, which is still quite high. The Venezuelan Violence Observatory says these figures are actually twice as much, thus putting the country among the top 5 most violent in the world.
This local watchdog relies on renowned social scientists graduated from the most important universities across the country, which implies methodic qualities and intellectual responsibilities beyond our rulers and police managers.
So we know for sure who is telling the truth here. If you want more compelling evidence, just look at all those people fleeing the country citing they need to protect their own lives as their main reason, or the tourists who have stopped coming here since they don’t find Venezuela as an attractive destination anymore. Then come some major causes cited by the Government: Capitalism and its anti-values or the wickedness of the media mixed in with poverty.
This is nothing but bollocks. Most countries in the continent watch (sort of) the same movies and TV shows as us and have single-digit intentional crime figures (e.g., Chile and Uruguay stand around 4 points each). And as to life quality standards, Bolivia and Haiti (two of the poorest countries in the Latin America region) have scored 6 points for themselves.
And lastly, the world capital of capitalism (we mean the U.S.) has got for itself a little less than 5 points, while Western Europe has an average of 3. Of course, we do not mean by this that capitalism is a blessing or that the media is free of perversity or that being poor is a good thing or that all those factors have nothing to do with the phenomenon. We are not telling lies when we say fast-growing criminal activities, especially manslaughter, have a close bond with the chavismo regime.
First of all because of its incapacity to handle that or any other public matter as previously demonstrated by 22 failed crime-fighting programs, the use of our “glorious” army as a weapon against murderers and crooks, the millions of weapons in private hands as the own Government has already acknowledged, total impunity in over 90% of the crimes committed nationwide, the prisons horror, and so forth.
But this is not only about all that, it is not only a matter of ignorance and inefficiency, it is about the destruction of the moral of citizens through degeneration of justice, growing corruption at all levels, an ideological complicity and, above all, a devaluation of brotherliness and social cohesion through a systematic hate mongering, which is also deemed a symbolic kind of a way to kill. That is where we should be opening up a dialogue to see if we can straighten things out in this country.