If there is one news story that’s not going to be mentioned on the mainstream news media broadcasts, it will most likely be the continuing fall of Venezuela. For those of you who have not heard, Venezuela is currently descending into chaos, and is approaching an almost anarchic failed-state status, where it’s government is of no really power, and there is no order and balance. How do we see that Venezuela is falling? Here is a list of things that are happening as of now:
- Food has become incredibly scarce to the point that supermarket shelves are completely bare. As a result, people have resulted to looting to get even basic necessities
- For some who are really desperate, they’ve taken to killing stray animals, just to get some sort of food
- Venezuela is experiencing very bad hyperinflation, making their currency more worthless by the day. This means that even if people have money, it’s losing value as the day goes on.
- They’ve ran out of money to even print new money.
- They’ve been selling their central bank’s gold reserves to willing buyers (under the table, of course)
- The country’s morgues are overfilled with bodies
- President Maduro has ordered that there be a three day weekend, due to the lack of electricity availability (which he blames on El Nino)
- In reality, the hydroelectric dam that supply’s 2/3’s the power to the country doesn’t have the water capacity to operate
- Venezuela has a murder rate of 3 per hour, or 76 per day, making it one of the highest in the world
- Venezuelan hospitals have essentially ran out of medicine, intravenous fluids, and food.
- Hospitals are also effected by the power shutdowns, causing respirators and other machinery to go off. As a result, infants in the maternity ward have to have air pumped into their lungs manually. The infant mortality rate has gone up drastically.
- This is all basically what Maduro wants, so that he many maintain power
- For a much better list, I recommend you go here.
Now, what do you think will happen next? I’m putting my money on martial law, and I think I may be (unfortunately) winning that bet.
Many regions and cities in Venezuela have recently been militarized, such as Caracas, and Guarenas. The militarization one you may expect from some third world despot: tanks, military in riot gear, and no emotion or holding back on protesters. This has been the case now for many days now, and meanwhile Maduro pleads his ignorance:
Meanwhile, Maduro pled ignorance: during a press conference, President Maduro mocked the international media for questioning cities under military control. “What militarization?” He asked. “Show me.”
And what better way is there to sneak more militarization and grab a few opponents than to hold some military exercises!
Venezuela is preparing for the biggest military exercises in its history this Saturday after the South American country’s government said it’s on high alert as the opposition pushes for a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro.
“Venezuela is threatened,” Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said on state television Thursday. “This is the first time we are carrying out an exercise of this nature in the country. In terms of national reach, it’s going to be in every strategic region.”
On one hand, Venezuela has reached the end-of-the-line. On the other, it may just completely descend from the workers socialist paradise into the socialists hell. I’m sympathetic to the former, but more inclined to believe the latter. There is no good outcome for Venezuelans looking to restore their country from the failure that is socialism. Even with Maduro’s major blow back in December elections, where his party lost big, and the opposition won the congress, he has stacked the supreme court, halted any new members from the Congress, and made sure that his people (who would be loyal to HIM) were in cabinet positions. In example, the military.
History has recorded many times when socialist nations have died, but it never just ends in a quick death, and then there’s a reformation. It’s drawn out by a government attempting to hold power. This government has controlled many aspects of Venezuelan’s lives, and now, it’s losing all that power, and it will not go quietly. I may not be able to tell you what will happen, but I can say that it will not go quietly.