Years ago, my late father reacted to the shooting by a Cuban MiG of 4 Cuban-Americans on international waters, or the sad “Brothers to the rescue” episode. He said something along the lines that communists shoot to kill.
Yesterday, we saw an armored vehicle attack a Venezuelan crowd in a manner reminiscent of a terrorist attack in Barcelona or Nice or New York.
My guess is that we will see more “shooting or driving to kill” because Maduro has the Cubans and apparently Russians defending him, as we see in this report.
Honestly, I don’t take the Russians too seriously here. Why not? Because Russia is not going to war with the U.S. over Venezuela. My guess is that Putin just wants to be around when the dust settles.
The Cubans are a different situation. I’ve heard from Venezuelans that Cubans are everywhere; from patrols on motorcycles to protecting Maduro. It’s clear to me that the Cubans will be the ones that U.S. Special Forces will be fighting if an intervention comes about.
President Trump must be aware of this because he is warning Cuba. His first warning was to implement a total embargo with highest level sanctions.
What happens next? I don’t know, but let’s remember that communists shoot to kill and they will do a lot of that to protect Maduro.