Mary Anastasia O’Grady discusses the Venezuela-Cuba connection at the WSJ. We like her columns but we love her name. She starts off with three assertions:
The civilized world wants to end the carnage in Venezuela, but Cuba is the author of the barbarism. Restoring Venezuelan peace will require taking a hard line with Havana.
We think the first one, “The civilized world want to end the carnage in Venezuela,” is false because the second, “Cuba is the author,” and the third, “Restoring Venezuelan peace will require taking a hard line with Havana,” are true.
There is no evidence that the civilized world wants to end the carnage in Venezuela. Certainly Obama did not want to end it. The Donald has only shown interest in humanitarian aid. No country outside of the Americas wants to confront Cuba or become enmeshed in American, and particularly South American, politics. The Canadians, under Trudeau are not interested in defending civilization as this indicates. No other country in the hemisphere dares to intervene because of either fear of or support for Venezuela-Cuba.
We are not sure that we want to end the carnage in Venezuela. We certainly want to make folks aware of it but it is not casus belli. On the other hand, if Maduro asks for transport to a safe haven we should provide it. In addition, we hope that The Donald continues to support the Cuban people rather than the Cuban government. There is much between war and weak support that is the business of politics. We hope that progress starts.