The Venezuelan people believe Maduro is illegitimate, a tyrant backed by gangsters and communist fanatics. Over 60 nations agree with this position, which is backed by the National Assembly, the State Prosecutor (now in exile), and the judges of the Supreme Court forced to flee in 2017 because they weren’t about to follow Maduro’s orders.
On February 23 we saw Maduro and his wife Cilia dancing salsa as his repression forces were shooting up Santa Elena de Uairen, a town inhabited by Pemones who had rebelled against the local National Guard unit keeping away the humanitarian aid convoy coming from Brazil. The next day his Vice President, Delci Rodriguez, a psychopath who stated publicly that the suffering of the Venezuelan people was her payback for the death of her father about 40 years ago, got on TV wearing a Hamas scarf, saying “they haven’t seen but a tiny fraction of what we are capable of doing”.
Yesterday the Supreme Court justices in exile issued a decision supporting the use of force by other nations to provide humanitarian aid and protect the people from the mobster hiding in Miraflores. So the question now for Venezuelans is how to proceed. I realize many communists who write here aren’t about to be swayed by rational arguments, so I’m writing this for decent readers who have common sense:
I have proposed to Venezuelan leaders that a Police Force must be recruited from the Venezuelan exile community, numbering about 20 thousand men and women, which can include military personnel who have fled in recent years (the Colombian government reported yesterday that 160 military had crossed over the border on or since Feb 23, and I’m aware that several hundred Venezuelans are young and fit US Army and Marines veterans). The emphasis is on POLICE, because this force would be heavily armed but its mission would be to escort humanitarian aid and establish law and order over rural sectors of the country where the population is suffering horribly, like Santa Elena de Uairen, San Cristobal, and other areas where almost 100% of the population is against Maduro’s rule and has suffered collective punishment.
Guaidó has the ability to pay $200 million to outfit this force, and additional funds which can be drawn from Venezuela’s state accounts and CITGO dividends. But he doesn’t have the ability to make them into a cohesive force, transport them, or give them priceless air support.
This would have to be provided by others, and the best source would be a US carrier air wing aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. The logistics support, consisting of the delivery of tons of food, medicine, fuel, water plants, and other consumables can best be delivered to a Venezuelan port controlled by Venezuelans loyal to the Constitution and the National Assembly (Guaidó is Interim President only because he was elected National Assembly President in January 5 2019, and his power derives from this Parliament, which is free to remove him and vote for a different president).
Evidently we want to avoid US boots on the ground, therefore the initial activity to manage the first port taken by the Police would have to be manned by Colombian civilians. It would also be useful to have the Colombian military to provide two battalions of well armed troops to maintain the peace and protect the ports from saboteurs and terrorists. But that’s a bilateral issue between Venezuela and Colombia, the same way any arrangements to stage Venezuelan police forces at Boa Vista before they rescue Santa Elena and the native Pemon who rebelled against Maduro will be a bilateral issue between the two countries.
As the Venezuelan police force begins to free these small sectors of the country we would also need an IMF loan to keep buying large quantities of food, medicine, hospital equipment, camps to house medical personnel near hospitals in well protected settings, seed, agricultural equipment, live cattle, and other items needed to start rebuilding. You wouldn’t understand how much has been destroyed, looted, eaten, trampled or burned by the communists as they tried to implement their “21st Century Socialism”.
So as you can see, I believe the best option is to keep foreigners out of Venezuela as much as possible, for two reasons: I don’t think it’s a good idea for foreigners to die or get hurt when Venezuelan forces can do the job and also because this will water down the propaganda that’s already pouring heavy from the leftist community. But this will work much much better with that US Air wing providing support from a carrier, plus Predators and four AC130’s based in Colombia and at a location I can’t name.