Who are the tyrants?

A recent article was missing any mention that U.S. economic sanctions against Venezuela have prevented that country from receiving $10 billion owed to them from their own oil sales — revenue needed to provide their people with food and sorely-needed medicines such as insulin and dialysis supplies. These sanctions, meant to force the government of Venezuela into submission, are a flagrant violation of international law.

Now, in a gesture of perverse generosity, the U.S. government is suddenly concerned about the plight of the people there and is very publicly and with words of urgency sending $120 million of humanitarian aid to help Venezuelans suffering from the very scarcity caused by the U.S. sanctions.

Economic/financial sanctions and embargoes are really forms of warfare, bullying actions that the U.S. has perpetrated repeatedly over the course of many decades in attempts to coerce other countries to do its bidding.

Some of those countries have been Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Iraq, Libya, North Korea and others.

The Trump administration appears to be making a brazen power grab for control of the oil belonging to the sovereign nation of Venezuela by attempting to replace its recently re-elected president, Nicholas Maduro, with one Juan Guiado, a virtually unknown young man not elected to that post who on Jan. 23 had the audacity to proclaim himself president of Venezuela.

This happened shortly after he reportedly had a phone conversation with Vice President Mike Pence.

The Trump administration said Maduro’s election was fraudulent.

Let’s ponder this: Venezuela has the largest known oil reserves in the world as well as other valuable resources.

In a recent interview with Fox News, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said, “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”

Let’s recognize who the real tyrants are.

Nancy Rice

Randolph Center

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