In a stand-off against socialist dictator Maduro, new interim President Juan Guaido is heading back to Venezuela. Guaido had left the country recently, and secretly traveled to neighboring countries like Columbia and Brazil, to raise support for his new government, and desperately needed humanitarian aid for his people.
But, the return is not without its peril. The socialist President Maduro has refused to recognize the new government. He remains in military control leading to an inevitable stand-off between the people, and the military forces of the politically ousted socialist regime.
Venezuela suffers from hyper-inflation, shortages of food/medicine, and just about every other hardship you can imagine that is commonly associated with the inevitable collapse of socialist regimes.
The United States has led the international community of approximately 50 other nations who recognize Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.
The coalition supports Guaido's claim that Maduro was re-elected last year in a flawed vote. The same tactic used by his socialist predecessor, and mentor, Hugo Chavez, to keep control despite growing unrest amongst the people. Anytime you get 90+% of the vote in a supposedly "democratic" election, that will raise some very large red flags.
However, the UN Security Council has voted down the resolution put forth by the United States. The resolution called for supporting free and fair democratic election, as well as, the free flow of humanitarian aid to the people of Venezuela.
In typical fashion, vetos from Russia and China, put a halt to it's advance, demonstrating yet again why the UN is a worthless waste of time, money, and resources.
The U.S. has also placed significant sanctions on Venezuela's already fledgling oil production, which has seen significant reductions in output since the government took over all oil production in the state, and kicked out foreign operators.
Still, Guaido has received support from the international community, and the backing of the U.S. military. He is planning a return to his country to help push protests that will hopefully drive Maduro from office.
But, Maduro has not shown any signs of laying down. Exactly what will happen upon Guaido's return is not yet known. Will he be arrested by the Maduro regime? This would only incite the protests further, causing more deadly clashes in the streets with military forces who have become less and less restrained.
This will also incite the growing international coalition against Maduro, led by the United States, and it's military forces, who have been adding troops in surrounding countries recently.
Removing Maduro, though he may not have the support of the people, remains a large challenge. There is a very likely possibility of a much longer and protracted stand-off with the U.S. and it's allies.
Speaking in Brazil on Thursday, Guaido said," The regime's formula of violence and persecution does not work and is not working. It's only delaying the inevitable; a democractice transition in Venezuela".
While traveling to neighboring countries, Guaido has raised not only political support for his new interim government, but hundreds of tons of food that the current socialist regime refuses to allow into the country to help the people. Maduro insisted that this was merely part of a scheme to overthrow his government.
Ambassador John Bolton had strong words this morning for the Maduro regime as the interim and U.S. backed President Guaido plans his return to Venezuela:
John Bolton's strong words this morning are a direct warning to the Maduro regime that the U.S. will not tolerate any actions taken against Juan Guaido, or his interim government. We will have to see if, in fact, Maduro allows Guaido to enter the country without arrest and drive protests against Maduro's regime.
Despite hundreds of lower ranking military desertions, the forces of the Maduro regime remain largely intact, and strong, with the backing of China and Russia.
Russian and Chinese influence has expanded through out the region in recent years. We will be doing a full in-depth report on this in the coming days to give you a larger, more complete picture, of the situation in the region which has gone largely unreported.
For now, there is talk about delegations, from the U.S. and Russia, sitting down for discussions concerning Venezuela. Russia has once again asserted itself into global affairs that force a face-to-face confrontation with the U.S. Russian has long sought a bigger seat on the world stage to insist on it's relevance in world affairs. This looks like an eerily similar situation as Syria, though this time, there is no mutual enemy.
We will be keeping a close eye on the developments in Venezuela as tensions rise among supporters of either side. Russian, Chinese, and even North Korean, military assets based in Venezuela, and the surrounding region, create new problematic scenarios for the U.S.
We'll be talking all about that, and more, in our upcoming comprehensive report!
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