Now, before you all get your panties in a tizzy, please note: I’m not taking sides. I’m not even validating chavismo’s arguments. I’m simply saying it’s the only semi-coherent response I’ve seen from the other side.
Chavismo is such an intelectual desert, it even has to get foreigners to feed the world its own spin.
Update: A previous version of this post suggested, hinted, or somehow left implicit that Mrs. Grandin and Tinker-Salas were chavista “mercenaries” or were somehow being paid for their tireless defense of the indefensible. As a reader who has been reading us since 2002 rightfully explained to me, that was a careless choice of words, and was wrong. I fully apologize for this.
I have no evidence whatsoever that Mrs. Grandin and Tinker-Salas are paid for their opinions, just like Mrs. Grandin and Tinker-Salas have no evidence whatsoever that Freddy Bernal is innocent of the claims made in the FARC files. But since I have standards, I take back my unfounded claim.
And finally, anyone who has been reading us for that long has earned the right to pull our ears whenever we cross the line.