The first cracks in the mantle of Venezuelan military are appearing as Venezuelan soldiers abandon their posts rather than become involved in confrontation with protesters. Juan Guaido, recognized as the failing countries legitimate leader by a coalition of various states, (U.S. included), is positioning himself near the dispersal point of humanitarian food shipments that are presently prevented from entering Venezuela from Columbia. For reasons unclear, the food shipments are being stopped by the embattled Maduro forces.
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?”