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PostVenezuela Crisis, Continued: What is to be Done? (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 10/18/19 3:08 am)
Obviously the US government disagrees with José Ignacio Soler's claim that the US sanctions have had relatively little effect on the Venezuelan crisis (October 10). Otherwise, why would they persist?
One interesting fact that no one has mentioned in this Forum yet, is that when Erdogan faced the attempted coup some years ago, the Venezuelan government was very sympathetic and offered to help. Under Chávez the Venezuelan gold reserves were physically brought back home. Now this gold has been used to pay for food and other imports from Turkey. I did not know about this close relationship.
José Ignacio wrote, "the Venezuelan crisis has been developing for a long time, because of ideological stupidity, ineptitude and corruption. The hypothesis of whether the economy would improve by canceling the sanctions is difficult to answer, but considering only the facts mentioned above, it is obvious this situation would be anyway very difficult to reverse without necessary radical structural reforms, something this regime is hardly capable of doing."
What does he propose the Venezuelan people do? Replace the present government with a US puppet regime as usual?
JE comments: We must be aware that this question could put our friend in a compromising position. Regarding the impact of the sanctions, would would be in a better place to judge, a citizen in Caracas or the US government?
Let's explore further the Turkey connection. I'd like to know more about the Ankara-Caracas axis. Erdogan himself just faced a few days of US sanctions, and now has agreed to a cease-fire in Northern Syria. Can we credit Trump with a "win" here? Granted, does it count as a win when you caused the crisis in the first place?