Akin to Weimar Germany, people wait in lines circling the block with basketfuls of worthless money for things like toilet paper and bread. People starve, and are met with silence. The economy will contract more than 10 percent once again this year, and the shuttered economy is belching black smoke, unable to function. The largest failed state in the western hemisphere is drawing the eyes of the international community, and the ire of its own people. As Venezuela continues to languish beneath the consequences of its government’s actions, the President-turned-Dictator of the country blames foreign nations, opposition candidates, and everybody but himself for his failings. Earlier this month, Maduro emerged from his comfortable home to give a public speech. During this speech two drones were flown towards him. Nicolas Maduro and his Government say that they were armed with ‘Missiles’ and that this was some kind of assassination attempt. Despite there is little evidence of this, especially given that any footage of the event cut out shortly after his solders scattered in his direction. It is also unclear what he means by ‘Missiles’. It also calls into question whether or not he knows how drones work, and if he is getting handheld toy-store drones confused with the literal planes that are used for unmanned missions in warzones.
Maduro’s conspiracies did not stop there, however. He went on to accuse the neighboring Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos of organizing the drone incident in an attempt on his life. The Columbian President responded, as well as most everybody else, that this was a patently ridiculous notion, which nobody in their right mind would believe. Maduro gave another speech, indoors this time, speaking about how it still could have been Juan Manuel Santos, or perhaps members of the opposition, who he calls ‘insane’ and ‘dangerous’. Namely, he has targeted Venezuelan opposition deputy Juan Requesens, who was injured by police during the most recent crop of protests. He has accused him of not only being mentally ill, but also of being a collaborator with the Columbian Government to assist in his assassination as an insider. He has described the 29 year old of being of his 'craziest and most psychopathic' enemies. Meanwhile, Juan Requesens has said “We are going to get Nicolas Maduro to leave in order to get out of this tragedy”. After all, the Venezuelan people have made it clear that they want the socialist inheritor Nicolas Maduro to leave his post, and he has made it clear that he has no desire to leave, cracking down on his own people. This is a large part of what has caused the resultant exodus of his people to neighboring Columbia.
People are scrambling from Venezuela like it was a sinking ship, to the tune of up to 45,000 people crossing on foot to the Columbian city of Cúcuta every day. Over 4 million out of the 30 million people living in the city are escaped Venezuelan refugees. Naturally, this many people running for their lives into a new nation is sure to strain the capacities of anyone who is housing them. This is no insignificant number of people, families with histories and children and wives and concerns, are all suddenly the responsibility of a humanitarian force pushed to the point of bursting by this sudden influx of people. Just as it would seem that these masses fleeing their broken homes, leaving their shattered world behind, would run out of room in the places they were trying to go, the Trump Administration has decided to take decisive action in regards to the crisis of Venezuelan escapees finding new lives in Columbia.
The US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced that the United States will send 9 million dollars in aid to the Venezuelan escapees living in Columbia, and is expected to announce even more aid later in the week. This comes at great relief to the Columbian government, which is having trouble keeping up with the new arrivals needs and demands. Namely, these include things like food, shelter, employment and protection. Not only will this help the Columbian Government to provide these things, it will also help the Venezuelan people to become lawful and beneficial citizens of their new nation, and also help the people still in Venezuela realize that what Maduro says about places like the United States are not true. It will help his people, whose backs are breaking under his strange and unwell rule, to realize that the world is conspiring to help them, not harm them. Maduro, as the inheritor of Chavez, has truly dropped the torch of socialism. One could say that this all truly is Chavez’ fault, because the inevitable outcome of socialism is precisely this, the breakdown of a once prosperous society. After there is no more money to redistribute, and after the oil dips in price, civilization crumbles. Where a market with a varied and diverse sectored economy could adapt and heal from such difficulties, economies like Venezuela cannot, through every fault of their own.
As the burned-out beacon of South American prosperity sounds its death knells, its neighbors are the ones to clean up the mess, and the Trump Administration is an Administration which seeks to reward those who do so. The wisely-spent dollars of the American Government seek to show Maduro that people are, indeed, watching. He cannot escape from the world’s judging eyes. He cannot escape, burrow into his palace and fiddle while Caracas burns. His gangs cannot patrol every street, and his people will not wait in their long lines forever. Time is running out for that dead, last-century economics which Venezuela brought with it into this one. No amount of government intervention can fix the inevitability of Maduro’s deposition or demise. Nobody that isn’t paid by him wants the system to continue, and the blood of his people screams out for the world to help, for the world to stop him. America, evidently, is listening.