As I have made clear, I am not any sort of fan of Maduro/Caballo’s regime. When you have the empty shelves of the late Soviet Union, the inflation rate of Zimbabwe, and the murder rate of Honduras, it’s safe to say that things have gone wrong somewhere. Nor am I blaming the US for it. Iran has avoided going down this route, despite much harsher and longer US sanctions, because its leaders avoided waging war on Economics 101. Heck, probably not even Cuba collapsed as badly after the withdrawal of Soviet aid in the 1990s.
However, the current farrago with the aid trucks getting set on fire is obviously a complete scam that is meant to either create room for total sanctions at the minimum, if not military intervention.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 24, 2019
Venezuela, like any country, has this thing called borders and customs. I seem to recall that Trump is big on them, or used to be, anyway. Presumably, neither Colombia nor Brazil are launching an invasion of Venezuela. So why the universal expectation on CNN and Le Reddit that Venezuela is legally obliged to let them through?
I applaud the United Kingdom’s commitment this week to provide an additional $8.3 million in humanitarian assistance to help Venezuelans suffering at the hands of Maduro. https://t.co/SsgHIoaaMt
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) February 14, 2019
Yes, procuring food is not trivial in Venezuela (though it is far from famine). It would be much better off under free markets than the crazy nationalizations of supermarkets and rationing through biometric cards. However, half a dozen trucks carrying 100 tons of food (or whatever) are not going to make the slightest difference to material welfare in a nation of 32 million people. So the humanitarian argument is also a total scam. Especially when these token aid declarations are accompanied by the THEFT of billions of dollars worth of Venezuelan gold held in foreign bank deposits.
Yes, I’m sure that a majority of Venezuelans disapprove of Maduro. Possibly a large majority. I don’t have the country expertise, or even the language skills, to offer a very qualified opinion (neither, of course, do 99% of US politicians and journalists). However, just a couple minutes’ worth of Internet searching found that as of mid-2018, a quarter of Venezuelans were still describing themselves as “chavistas”, versus another quarter that identified itself with the opposition.
Massive rallies for Maduro held in Venezuela, ignored by war-mongering corporate media https://t.co/o2uFJtW3kO
— Preston Wood (@presw9) February 8, 2019
25% is not an insignificant figure, so I think it is reasonable to assume that not all of the people depicted above were public workers forced to go to those rallies.
It’s clear that this is just another neocon attempt to foment a color revolution.