Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Update: Ramos Kidnapping Still Leaves Questions

As a follow-up to my earlier postings, Venezuelan police announced on Monday (November 14) that five Colombians suspected of being involved in last week’s kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos have been arrested. Ramos was rescued on Friday (November 11) by police that also arrested six alleged kidnappers.

COMMENT: Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami announced earlier that six Venezuelans were taken into custody after after a gun battle between police rescuers and the kidnappers.

Considering strongman President Hugo Chavez' personality and the bizarre functioning of his government, as mentioned in earlier postings, I find it fascinating that a lengthy gun battle ensued between police and the kidnappers, yet there were no press reports on the number of injured or killed on either side. That leads one to conclude one of two things: (1) Either all are very poor marksmen; or (2) Why would the Chavez government conveniently omit such noteworthy information that would afford credit to the government?

I still am puzzled as to why the Chavez government failed to assign a protective detail to such a high-value kidnap target as Ramos. If they had, he never would have been kidnapped, right?

The Chavez "government" is well-known for theatrics, melodrama and orchestrating media events, hence my skepticism on how this preventable kidnapping played out.

Nevertheless, Ramos plans to play winter-league baseball in Venezuela with the Aragua Tigers. The question now is: Has the Chavez government provided a protective detail to Ramos?

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