By Beatrice E. Rangel
The takeover of political parties by the Venezuelan regime is the sign that a complex process of phagocytosis has ended and thus we have in front of us a new and different political entity that does not correspond to the definition of nation state or colony.
It is a deviant state that has lost its defining properties to alien entities that have penetrated its body, sucked out its spirit and filled the cocoon with an organism that pursues other interests and sustains other values.
In short, there is no more Venezuela as a nation state or even as a colony. It is now an entity commanded by the worst strain of organized crime ever to succeed in taking over a country.
Indeed, a careful examination of the long journey that started with the election of Hugo Chavez Frias in 1998 to today reveals the presence of alien actors taking over the country in a way that escapes definition by international law.
To be sure, international law defines an invasion as "an instance of invading a country or region with an armed force." In the case of Venezuela not such a thing has happened. Instead the country has been slowly taken over by increasing layers of bureaucracy from Cuba, which has taken over the commanding posts in Venezuela.
From that position, the invaders have slowly but surely, displaced the locals, vacuumed the institutional framework to take away any freedom or democratic values and filled it with their strategic assumptions, principles for governance, economic practices, political values and operating principles.
Given that the penetration cum vacuum process lasted two decades, the Venezuelan population could not perceive the full impact of the destructive campaign. And while civic society did react strongly and courageously to a collective perception that the Chavez revolution would take away freedom, it lacked a forward thinking leadership that could guide it to safety.
Certainly, the country's democratic direction was dominated by both hubris and corruption which led it to disastrous mistakes when the wave of popular discontent pushed electoral results their way. Today they have been not only defeated but wiped away from the political stage.
What comes next seems to be pretty clear.
First the clock is ticking in favor of the regime, as come December the current National Assembly and its president will see their mandate end. Only free and fair elections could extend legitimacy. No such thing can happen in a country where the electoral authority is nominated and operated by the regime. There will certainly be elections. But the participating political parties are organizations created by the regime, resorting to the appropriation of symbols and the recruitment of individuals that are known to have lived truly murky lives as they have always thrived through corruption and soft links to organized crime.
Once elected they will become the new leadership and will swear loyalty to those that anointed them. These, of course, are the Cuban Gerontocracy and organized crime. Venezuela will then become the first country in the hemisphere to experience an Anschluss in this century.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.