While Maduro and his loyalistas can stave off opposition for now, it only makes the inevitable more potent.
As JFK observed: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
This appears truer than ever in Venezuela. There is every sense that total chaos is coming.
Venezuela has since devolved into a nightmare, prompting many of its people – perhaps regardless of politics – to support his ouster. Maduro has argued that the U.S. is waging economic war against him, and there is truth in the fact that pro-U.S. factions are eager to remove him. Nonetheless, it’s not an argument to allow him to continue wielding power.
Already, Venezuela has reached the point where people must wait in line for hours for their turn to buy goods – if they are available. Otherwise, they must rely upon inflated black market prices, and more desperate measures like poaching, robbery and looting.