A FAILING STATE

Venezuela is closing border and hijacking food shipments meant to ease the suffering of the Venezuelan  people. This tactic of using hunger as a control devise was used in a similar fashion by Somali warlords during the period of the “Blackhawk Down” incident. Along with the food shipments that are being held is a large portion of megalomaniacal paranoia about the shipments being the first move in an American invasion.

It is interesting to note that the embattled Maduro is broadcasting from the middle of one of the largest military bases in Venezuela. Such a cloistering in the arms of the military speaks to the dangerous volatility of the present situation. It begs the question; “Why do socialist régimes invariably end with brutal suppression of the population?”   

A gas tank and shipping containers obstructing passage to Venezeula are seen on the Tienditas International Bridge in an aerial photograph taken over Cucuta, Colombia, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

TRUCK CONTAINERS BLOCK PASSAGE ON THE BORDER TO COLUMBIA, AS MADURO SEVERS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS, IN AN APPARENT ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE ENTIRE COUNTRY INTO HIS FINAL REDOUBT.

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