This one I had in mind but reader Charly comment pushed me to write it.
The way international community has been ignoring the plight of Venezuela, the end of its democracy is quite astounding. I must say before I continue that I am among those that are convinced that Marines are never going to land in Venezuela to get rid of chavismo, nor the Foreign Legion, etc... The French may be willing to send soldiers in Central Africa or Mali, the US does not mind wars in the Middle East, but they are convinced, as is most of the rest of the educated world that the Venezuelan people is getting pretty much what it deserves for so many decades of superficiality in its politics, using bluntly oil money to soften the edges instead of investing it.
I am going to give you an unexpected example by some Norwegian au pair like woman currently in Barquisimeto. She has opened a blog that with 4 single posts has already more comments than all political English language blogs put together in a week... OK, I filter and discourage comments but that is not the point. The point is that her success is great because she is highly superficial, writing about all that is chevere in Venezuela and blithely writing that if people want to read about problems (reality?) they can read the newspapers.... The queen of the comeflor in short. I even wondered whether she was not a chavista missile aiming at the flotation line, but no, I think she is the true thing, the ultimate PSF in the good sense of the word.
If you care to peruse through the hundred of comments she is getting you will realize that many are from Venezuelans overseas that would never be caught dead posting a comment in political blog. Oh, they know what is going in on in Venezuela, they escaped it. But they carried with them the nostalgia for emptiness.
I suppose that embassies in Caracas report diligently on this, on why people prone abstention, on why they vote for Maduro because Chavez told them to do so, on why one day they don a red shirt to stand in line at Mercal, the next at Daka to loot and the third one bitching at the regime for the latest power outage. We are all chevere and our main opposition leader preaches that he will be like Chavez when he rules but less corrupt and more efficient. And you want those countries to help us?
Of course Colombia and Brazil and the US are making a terrible mistake because sooner or later Venezuela is going to go bust and hundreds of thousands will try to leave the country and go there. Colombia is the worst offender on this regard because they should know better, they should know that our extensive border will make the refugee crisis terrible once the day comes.
And yet in front the electoral fraud of last April Latin America did nothing. Santos at least had the decency to receive Capriles in Bogota but the rest simply could not care less whether elections had been stolen, as long as Maduro kept paying Chavez debts. The US is of course comforted in its idea that they are superior to Latin Americans, Venezuela being the best example. Once and imperialists, always an imperialist.
Simply put, there is contempt for Venezuela, for voting for such a corrupt regime and for being so unwilling to do what it takes to confront it. We get the government we deserve and they are simply not going to waste anytime on us. A mistake of course, but neither Santos nor Roussef not Piñera and even less Bachelet are going to do anything about it. And Kerry just cares enough in that the US wants to have a steady supply of oil while it completes its transition to different energy sources. Then, sayonara Venezuela!
Yours truly has known that for a long time and wrote about it. Let's just hope that those in the opposition leadership learned their lesson in 2013, that garnering foreign support requires a lot of work, a lot of personal commitment, a lot of risk taking. Foreign opinion only supports heroes like the ones in Kiev or Istanbul. Or at least they get interested with tough cookies like in Bangkok or Juba. In 2002 we were somewhat interesting. Now we are a bore.
Aide toi et le ciel t'aidera!