Column of Daniel Matamala: Achilles Heel

“The gods blind those who want to lose”, wrote Plutarch, and this blindness, this extra of confidence mixed with conceitedness and delight, is likely one of the motors of the Greek tragedy, underneath the identify of “hubris”. Time and time once more, heroes endowed with nice virtues are punished by the gods for his or her immoderation. The reader can guess how Achilles, Oedipus, Prometheus and so many others come nearer to their destruction once they overlook their very own limitations and human weaknesses.

When they consider, like Ajax, that “with the gods, any Don Nobody can achieve victory; I am convinced that even without them I will get the glory.” Or when, like Icarus, they ignore warnings and fly increased and better, till the solar melts the wax from their wings.

The lesson of the classics is evident: in moments of triumph, hubris seems as a lethal lure.

Izkia Siches turned a political star in simply two years. She amassed monumental credibility capital on the helm of the Medical College. She additionally exhibited an correct political doll. At the start of the pandemic, when La Moneda demonstrated ignorance about the true residing situations of Chileans, it was she who convened a transversal staff of economists that unlocked the supply of social assist. It was additionally she who led the settlement to postpone the 2020 constitutional plebiscite.

She turned the best-reviewed individual within the nation, one of many 100 rising leaders on the planet in keeping with Time, and will have been a presidential candidate if she had wished. She additionally acquired a barrage of assaults, a number of of them misogynistic.

Instead, he climbed on Gabriel Boric’s candidacy at a important second: after José Antonio Kast’s victory within the first spherical. His tour of Chile gave epic to the marketing campaign of the present President, allowed him to get better floor in areas and mobilized the feminine vote that determined the election. After the resounding victory within the poll, Siches was a star.

Then, she agreed to take over as Minister of the Interior.

There have been two interpretations about it. Some praised his bravery in placing his political capital on the road by taking the most popular iron of all.

Others warned of conceitedness, by not measuring the caliber of challenges by which she had no expertise: violence, relationship with Carabineros, crime, Araucanía, immigration…

Unfortunately, this primary month in workplace pays extra for the second interpretation, that of hubris.

Instead of recruiting a staff skilled in politics and the tough points in his portfolio, he surrounded himself with an in depth circle of trusted docs. Instead of appearing prudently, he has proven a drive to improvise actions and phrases, from the failed journey to Temucuicui to his point out of political prisoners, and to invade areas outdoors his ministry, similar to classism in justice and his hasty pissing. blame earlier than minority sectors of Argentina for utilizing the phrase “Wallmapu”.

Four weeks of missteps, topped by the crash of the airplane.

The authorities blames a profession official for giving the unsuitable data at a gathering on March 25, a declare that’s not supported by proof. Instead, the present paperwork, each from the PDI and the Venezuelan embassy, ​​inform one other story: it was all the time clear that the flight didn’t go away Chile.

And even when we believed the official model, it will imply that Interior acquired this very critical data, and acted negligently. Instead of fulfilling her obligation to test, affirm and take the pertinent authorized actions, the minister talked about it per week later in a regional newspaper, and affirmed it once more in entrance of a congressional fee per week later.

“It’s an unpresentable chambonada,” denounced Siches, accusing the earlier authorities of “covering this with dirt” and asking a disconcerting query: “where are those people, who have judicial indication of expulsion?”.

What the minister doesn’t appear to have understood is that, if the criticism had been true, answering that query (“where are those people?”) was exactly her job. She, too, doesn’t appear to have understood that the criticism severely affected the PDI, an establishment underneath her command.

The most critical factor is that the Ministry of the Interior is liable for checking and evaluating delicate intelligence data on points similar to violence, drug trafficking and crime. The National Intelligence Agency (ANI), the PDI and Carabineros reply to him. Ministers of earlier governments have made very critical errors by counting on defective or false intelligence, in circumstances similar to Hurricane or Catrillanca. What can we count on on this essential space from a minister and a staff unable to do probably the most fundamental test?

This chambonada was so impolite, that it’s a final alternative for the minister to take the burden of the duty that she has on her shoulders, reevaluate her means of exercising the place, and encompass herself with a staff as much as the problem. If she does not, her downfall might be even quicker than her rise to the highest echelon of energy.

President Boric’s authorities is finishing the primary of its 48-month time period. If we examine it to a 90-minute match, we’re simply enjoying minute two of the primary half. And the captain and star signing is already with a yellow card.

And beware: the case of the minister is paradigmatic however not distinctive. In these first two minutes of the sport, a number of unforced errors have already accrued, resulting from pointless statements, and opinions outdoors the scope of motion of the brand new authorities.

This is a staff that rose to the head of energy in simply a few years, with out going by means of a gradual studying curve. That is why the ghost of hubris, of a conceit that stops recognizing the constraints of lack of expertise, could be its weak level.

Or, to cite one of many many characters who succumbed to his conceitedness and extra, his Achilles heel.

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