It’s no secret that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is one of the last bastions held by the socialist ideas that have spread throughout the world over the past few centuries. But, how long can the genocidal dictator Nicolás Maduro maintain his rule over a country where famine has taken the life of hundreds of babies, and protesters march through the streets of Caracas at least three times a week?
The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela led to a massive response from the international community, which gathered provisions and medicines to provide the people who remain in the country with humanitarian aid. Last week, at the international border between Colombia and Venezuela, trucks carrying more than 600 tons of medicines, medical kits, basic utilities and even supplies for children, donated by the U.S., Chile, and Colombia, attempted to cross into Venezuela. But as the trucks crossed the border, two of them were burned down by the Venezuelan dictatorial armed forces after Maduro claimed that this humanitarian aid was poisoned and would cause cancer. President Juan Guaidó, interim mandatary of the Venezuelan people, and President of Colombia, Iván Duque, witnessed the disastrous and depressing scene and ordered the remaining trucks to return to the Colombian side.
A dictator who can no longer blindly trust his military power appears to be lost in the labyrinth he created. Maduro inheriting a terrible economy and auctioning his oil reserves to the Russians, Chinese, and Turks, drove Venezuela’s economy into a bigger ditch. Cuban militias that control the streets of cities like Caracas, Maracaibo, and Barquisimeto fill his country. The Venezuelan people have been in revolt against Maduro’s government for two years now and more than 10 percent of the population has fled the country. The hoax of a socialist paradise has been, at last, unmasked — but at a very high price. The fall of a once powerful nation represents the triumph of reason against the cultural Marxism, despite the left’s attempts to portray Venezuela as an example of equality and opportunity, first under Chávez’s dictatorship, and now under Maduro’s.
The people of Venezuela now have the opportunity to depose an awful dictator, all while proving to the idealist socialists that the fanatical Che Guevara-following teenagers around the world are nothing but a pantomime. But how can the Venezuelan people do this? A people on the brink of starvation and economic collapse, can they overthrow Maduro on their own? And if they do, how will the Venezuelans rebuild their country?
Maduro’s regime seems to become more oppressive with every action that threatens its stability. Until now it has remained a problem within the borders of the country with the help of the Cubans. Guaidó and the opposition must consolidate a real parallel government and overthrow Maduro — without foreign intervention. The Venezuelan people depend on it.