From an Amtrak train, somewhere in Maryland….
(Very unreliable internet, and very fussy laptop too: can’t upload images)…
First this: Puppet dictator Nicolas Maduro is rattling his Cuban-made saber, threatening war with the U.S.
Of course, this latest peevish rant is one of the items on the Castro Playbook that he is obligated to follow.
Fidel’s constant war alerts helped him solidify his total control of Cuba and to intensify the persecution and elimination of dissidents.
Totalitarian tyrants always need a villainous enemy to battle, preferably only with words.
From Middlebrow Granma (Newsweek):
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called on his nation’s military leaders Tuesday to prepare for war against the U.S. days after the Trump administration banned Venezuelan officials from entering the nation.
“We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace,” said Maduro, who wore a green uniform and a military hat as he spoke with his army top brass during a military exercise involving tanks and missiles. “We need to have rifles, missiles and well-oiled tanks at the ready….to defend every inch of the territory if needs be,” he added. ..
… Maduro referenced the sanctions during his speech at the military base. As he spoke, Russian military plans flew in the sky as part of the training exercise, Agence France-Presse reported.
“The future of humanity cannot be the world of illegal sanctions, of economic persecution,” Maduro said.
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All of this childish posturing resembles that of Rocket Man Kim Jung Un in North Korea, but, unlike that maniac and his hell-hole, Maduro’s Venenozuela is already waging war with the U.S. in other fronts, a very real war that tends to go unnoticed.
This article by Clifford May sheds light on that other ignored war.
From the Washington Times:
At the U.N. last week, President Trump had harsh words for the “socialist dictatorship” that has impoverished Venezuela. He railed against “Islamist extremism” and “radical Islamic terrorism,” the former a supremacist ideology, the latter a weapon being used to mass-murder Muslims, Christians Yazidis, Jews and Hindus. He took note, too, of the threat posed by “international criminal networks” that “traffic drugs, weapons, people.”
What may not have occurred to Mr. Trump or most of his audience: the extent to which these evils are now being combined.
No one personifies this poisonous cocktail better than Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela’s 43-year-old vice president. Mr. El Aissami comes from a Lebanese-Syrian family with ties to Shia jihadi groups in Iraq. He also has been linked to a list of South American drug traffickers. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, he was appointed to the No. 2 government job in January by Venezuela’s dictator, President Nicolas Maduro.
One month later, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Mr. El Aissami, saying he “played a significant role in international narcotics trafficking.” At least some of his assets — estimated at around $3 billion — were frozen.
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