Meanwhile, Venezuela Gets Away With Murder

By Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryWhile the U.S. news media is filled with stories about a possible war with Russia and Ukraine, and the demonizing of the truckers in Canada who are the vanguard of a mass movement, an equally tragic story is developing. Why have we ignored the dictatorship of Venezuela and the ever-growing number of Venezuelans fleeing that country? You may not know this, but as many as 50,000 Venezuelans will be deported by the U.S. government to Colombia (thank goodness they will not be deported to Venezuela!). Yes, U.S. President Joe Biden, the same man who as presidential candidate accused former U.S. President Donald Trump of “heartlessly” deporting Venezuelans from the United States, is now deporting Venezuelans.

In doing this, Biden is not only ignoring but is trying to shove the whole issue of the plight of the Venezuelans and the evil of the Venezuelan dictatorship into the dark. Let us remember that the so-called Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a revolutionary socialist dictatorship where elections are rigged, where the economy has virtually ceased to exist, where dissent is punished with torture, imprisonment and death, and for too many Venezuelans the only way to deal with this situation is to escape. In Venezuela, the health care system has collapsed, an estimated 76 percent of all Venezuelans are living on just U.S. 1.90 dollars a day, and food insecurity is so bad people have to go through garbage for food. So, for so many Venezuelans to survive escape from the country is a life and death situation. Because of this, the refugee plight of the Venezuelans is the second worse in the whole world only after that of Syria.

I know it will never happen, but perhaps the Biden administration should do is what former U.S. President Bill Clinton did in regards to Haiti. Clinton put the U.S. military on the shores of Haiti and told the ruling military dictatorship that their “time was up” and threatened to cut off the whole island from the world. This amounted to a blockade of Haiti, and in my view a necessary option because the refugee problem of Haitians had not only gotten out of control but the Haitian dictatorship could have been used at that point by enemies of the United States and its allies to create a base for operations against America and its allies. This is happening now with Venezuela. Russian troops might be put into Venezuela, and the Chinese might use Venezuela as a base of operations against the whole of South America. Perhaps it is time that the United States and its allies blockade Venezuela and tells the dictatorship there that its time is up.

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