By Beatrice E. Rangel
Plutarch makes reference to a 2nd century poem that describes the process by which divine justice operates to make impunity impossible.
"The millstones of god grind late but they grind exceedingly small."
This seems to encapsulate the situation faced by the government of Venezuela. After two decades practicing abuse, pillage, repression and crimes, its leadership thought itself above justice.
The inordinate amount of money plucked from the Venezuelan treasury perhaps gave them the idea that they had universal and uncontested power. The illicit bounty worked magic. Splendid residences were acquired; shell companies created and capitalized, lobbyists and attorneys secured immigration status in leading countries of the world and PR firms allowed them to hob-nob with the rich and famous in the US, Europe and Latin America.
Without knowing they however were living a delusion.
The end was closer than they thought.
And as the Bolivarian Celebrity crowd trotted the world full of riches like ancient Silk Road caravans, the mills of globalization were grinding the pillars of their power.
The first millstone is the world energy matrix that began a transformative journey at the dawn of the 21st century when oil prices surpassed the $100 dollar range.
The rate of innovation for renewables accelerated. Along came the Chinese manufacturing elves to slash prices for solar panels by 60%. Technology also pitched in to facilitate extraction of fossil fuels from rocks. Finally, extreme weather renditions began to convince policy makers that global warming is a reality and that it needs to be addressed. As a result, oil began to gradually and softly lose its prime and reigning seat as the ultimate source of energy.
But then there was another millstone.
Generational change began throughout the hemisphere. Younger and more pragmatic leaders like Justin Trudeau and Barrack Obama decided to address head on the environmental challenge.
They also began to see the Venezuela power clique like an obstacle to integration and hemispheric progress.
Obama began to apply sanctions to the Venezuela ruling elite under the Malinski paradigm. Trudeau not only followed suit but enhanced the list. The Trump administration further reinforced the policy.
As a result, the financial hideouts of the looted treasury began to be unveiled thereby making it difficult for the ruling clique of Venezuela to enjoy their booty. The ascent of Macri in Argentina, Duque in Colombia, Abdo in Paraguay and Bolsonaro in Brazil turned the party lights out for the Bolivarian elite.
Along also came cyber reality and its all-encompassing ability to transfer information, store images and link realities. The Lava Jato process in Brazil showed the world that Latin America was populated by naked emperors including the Bolivarian clique whose members had risen to power under the flags of representing the poor and fighting corruption.
The results of the synchronized grinding by these divine millstones are sadly obvious.
The world has seen the Bolivarian clique in its true colors, those of a band of pillagers without any other doctrine or creed than plucking a nation.
Venezuela turned from a democratic showcase and a potential economic force in the hemisphere into a house of lamentation with people dying on the streets of hunger and disease while others escape death by fleeing to other nations. Worse, the country is now the hemispheric cradle for organized crime and terrorist financing.
This outcome released several forces that are accountable for the ongoing fall of the Bolivarian clique.
The international community saw the writing in the wall.
Should the Venezuelan model prosper, the hemisphere would slowly but surely turn into an immense Port Royale.
A sacrificed generation came to the top leadership after their predecessors either collaborated with the government or were persecuted and killed or sent to prison. This generation has nothing to lose but their lives and stand ready to take the challenge of evicting the Bolivarian clique. The economy is bankrupt and the looting hideouts are being seized by law enforcement agencies throughout the world. And as Plutarch warned his followers these forces do not allow for impunity.Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.
For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.
You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.