Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:36 pm
Greg wrote:This is deeply, deeply disturbing:
Elliott Abrams, prominent D.C. neocon, named special envoy for Venezuela
"Elliott Abrams, a controversial neoconservative figure who was entangled in the Iran-Contra affair, has been named as a Trump administration special envoy overseeing policy toward Venezuela, which has been rocked by a leadership crisis."
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/ ... la-1128562
The United States needs to stay the Hell out of Venezuela.
Greg, this is a complicated matter and a sensitive one... but Venezuelans have not been able by ourselves, despite many efforts in recent years, to generate a significant political change in our country (you can make your own judgment about us). And it is no secret to anyone that the current government of Nicolás Maduro has ended the quality of life in one of the countries with the greatest resources. It took the support of the US and its administration (which circumstantially is directed by Trump, this is already a matter of the American people) to be able to generate in recent weeks a turn of the wheel that allows us to see some hope. With the support not only of the US, but also of Canada, the European Union, most of the countries of South America, among others, the validated figure of an Interim President has been gestated thanks to a specific scenario based on a political and legal error on the part of Maduro. The Venezuelans (many, and without a doubt the majority now), alone, for years have faced the populist regime of Maduro (and before that of Chávez) but the regime has managed to confront and terminate every manifestation of the popular discontent. The country, as I said, rich in resources, is immersed in misery, hunger, mortality. There are no resources in hospitals to deal with diseases; there is no access to basic necessities, either because they are not in the supermarkets or because the money is not enough. People stopped eating 3 times a day (many just do not eat). Inflation is such that the minimum wage increases every 2 months, usually by multiplication factors of 2.5. With the most recent increase, the minimum wage went from $ 5.22 to $ 30; however, today it is again equivalent to 5 dollars. Inflation in Venezuela will reach 1,000,000% by the end of this year, as revealed by the latest projections of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published this Monday. And yes, you read that right: 1,000,000%. So serious is the situation of Venezuela that the IMF has compared it with what Germany experienced in 1923, during its period of hyperinflation after the First World War. Such is the despair that people leave the country walking to reach Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, even Chile and Argentina, in crossings of weeks, many finding death by the cold of the Andes. Nobody does that because they want but because they do not see a better option. My family is currently scattered around the world: Miami, Germany, Chile, Peru, Colombia are just some of our destinations... and this hurts, a lot. For all this (and many things more that are hard to express in a single post), leaving any trace of cheap nationalism aside, considering that this is about humanity, about not looking to the other side while a country's population is being decimated by hunger, considering that this is also not about right or left, and considering the prevailing despair In my country, I do not support you when you say that Trump must stay out of all this, away from this situation. Precisely, what most Venezuelans are asking for is support, we have been asking for everyone to help us overcome this after years of failed attempts on our own. The humanitarian aid that has just arrived through the efforts of this figure of the Acting President (after having formalized for many countries that Maduro is usurping the position of President) I assure you that will positively affect MANY lives. For that reason, not only I hope that the USA (and all possible countries) will pronounce and remain active in this issue, but also I, and many but many more Venezuelans, will thank you. We need it...