Venezuela: The kidnapping worked
Imagine, if you may, this sequence of events:
- Dictator dies
- Dictatorship expels superpower military attaches in March the same day dictator dies
- Dictatorship perpetuates (or at least attempts to perpetuate) itself through electoral fraud
- Superpower ignores election results
- Big OAS pow-wow date looms on the horizon
- Dictatorship kidnaps citizen of superpower
- Behind-the-scenes deal takes place
- To add urgency, the dictatorship places the citizen of the superpower in one of the most dangerous jails in our hemisphere
- Citizen is released and returned
- Superpower’s Secretary of State and dictatorship’s foreign minister get together for photo-op
- Everybody’s happy
You don’t think that’s what happened in the Timothy Tracy case?
On his first trip to Latin America since taking office, Kerry said he was hopeful that a rapprochement could be achieved. The meeting, which came at Venezuela’s request, took place just hours after Venezuela released from prison an American filmmaker who had been jailed on espionage charges, removing an immediate irritant in the relationship.
Meanwhile, in a speech to the 35-member OAS annual general assembly, Kerry did not mention the developments with Venezuela, but reiterated U.S. concerns that some countries in the hemisphere are backsliding on their commitments to democracy and seeking to weaken OAS institutions that monitor and report on human rights.
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