Venezuela: At the edge of a deeper chasm

Source: Reason
by Maria Alba Toledo

“Once the Latin American country with the highest growth rate, now the poorest in the hemisphere, Venezuela is in free fall. Hundreds are dying from diseases, some of them all but eradicated, because of a shortage of medicines and vaccines. According to the consultancy firm Econometrica, 2.1 million Venezuelans are now eating from the garbage. Its citizens are at war with the military. The situation has so deteriorated U.S. President Donald Trump surprised Latin American leaders this past Friday when he said, ‘We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.’ Trump later added, ‘Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and they’re dying.’ The real enemy responsible for this lethal landscape is not foreign. This destruction has come from within. For almost two decades, Venezuela’s socialist government has managed to undermine every institution that kept the country afloat.” (08/16/17)