VENEZUELA: CACHES & WARSHIPS


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The Trends Journal has been reporting on the United States ongoing actions to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro when he was sworn in to a new term in January 2019 and replace him with self-declared president Juan Guaidó.
As reported, on 26 March, the United States placed a $15 million-dollar bounty on President Maduro, accusing him of narco-terrorism. It offered no proof.
Just five days later, 31 March, the U.S. sang a new tune, offering a deal:  Lifting of sanctions in return for President Maduro stepping aside and allowing a transitional government until a new election could be held.
Mystery Plot
This past week, it was revealed that on 23 March, police in neighboring Columbia stopped a vehicle driving toward the Venezuelan border, where they found over two dozen U.S.-made semi-automatic weapons along with military flak jackets and night vision goggles.
On 26 March, former Venezuelan general Cliver Alcala took responsibility for the military cache, claiming he led a group of anti-Maduro Venezuelans trying to oust the president. He added that his efforts were known by U.S. business contractors in the region as well as anti-Maduro leader, Juan Guaidó.
President Maduro reacted to the story by stating, “It’s a campaign started in Miami, in Washington, in Columbia to justify the coup d’etat… the military, terrorist attacks they were preparing against Venezuela… the U.S. government is behind this.”
Mr. Maduro’s accusations were denied by U.S. special representative Elliott Abrams calling them “despicable and quite dangerous.”
Last Wednesday, President Trump announced he was ordering U.S. warships to approach Venezuelan territory with the mission to stop “cartels, criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors,” which he claimed were using the coronavirus pandemic as a smokescreen for bringing drugs into the United States.
Oil-rich Venezuela faces a huge humanitarian crisis from collapsing oil prices and a collapsing economy… caused in large part by ongoing U.S. sanctions.
The United Nations human rights chief has urged the Trump administration to relax sanctions so humanitarian supplies could be brought in. The U.S. response has been to pressure other countries to not aid Venezuela in any way and has continued to inhibit one of the world’s largest suppliers of crude oil from exporting its main resource.
TREND FORECAST: With America and the world focused on the COVID-19 War, the U.S. ramping up war against Venezuela is not making the news. Should the U.S. overtly attack Venezuela by land or sea, it will mean little to a society tuned out of current events forming future trends and, as they have with all its previous wars, will give majority support.

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