US should back off Venezuela al­ready

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We should all be ashamed at how our gov­ern­ment adds to the suffer­ing of Venezue­lans. Most of their suffer­ing is due to cor­rupt po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. Some is due to sink­ing oil prices affect­ing 95 per­cent of their ex­ports. But a ma­jor fac­tor are the crip­pling U.S. sanc­tions de­signed to rid the U.S. of a so­cial­ist regime. U.S. pro­pa­ganda hides our men­dac­ity and the truth about Venezue­lan gov­er­nance from the Amer­i­can peo­ple. Trump’s new round of sanc­tions in 2017 pulled $6 bil­lion from its econ­omy the first year. For­mer United Na­tions spe­cial rap­por­teur Al­fred De Zayas stud­ied the cri­sis that year, de­ter­min­ing U.S. sanc­tions con­sti­tuted “eco­nomic war­fare,” and rec­om­mend­ing the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court in­ves­ti­gate U.S. sanc­tions as “crimes against hu­man­ity.”

Most Venezue­lans just want re­moval of cruel U.S. sanc­tions, ac­cess to in­ter­na­tional credit and an end to crim­i­nal threats of mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion.

Walt Zlo­tow

Glen El­lyn, Ill.



So­cial­ists in the U.S. must be ap­plaud­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela, which shows how cor­rup­tion can de­stroy a na­tion. Fran­cis El­liott

Power leads to cor­rup­tion, and Venezuela’s pres­i­den­tial sys­tem is bro­ken. Venezuela should switch to a dual leader sys­tem; limit the pres­i­dent to a sin­gle five-year term. When the ac­tions of the pres­i­dent are dis­as­trous, peo­ple should be able to re­sist. Carl M. Huang

“The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­clared Ni­co­las Maduro’s pres­i­dency il­le­git­i­mate.” Breath­tak­ing ar­ro­gance by U.S. em­pire.

Maybe all other coun­tries should sim­ply can­cel any up­com­ing elec­tions and wait for a Wash­ing­ton official to ap­point their pres­i­dents or prime min­is­ters? Valera Goetz

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