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Where is the UN in the Venezuela crisis?

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:24 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I cannot think of another time in modern history when the United States has openly called for the overthrow of a democratically elected government as they are now doing with Venezuela.

While there are many cases of them influencing the overthrow of democratically elected governments (Guatemala, 1954; Brazil, 1964; Dominican Republic, 1965; Chile, 1973; and their role in our own Jamaica in 1980, just to name a few), they usually try to be as covert as possible.

Francesco Rocco, president of the International Red Cross, at a press conference in Caracas on February 8, said that the situation in Venezuela was political and not humanitarian. He also pointed out that humanitarian help is always neutral.

We cannot understand why there has not been any condemnation by the secretary general of the United Nations as everything that the United States has done against Venezuela is against international law.

I wonder what would happen if Ms Nancy Pelosi told the American people that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election and the House of Representatives did not accept Trump as president.

What would happen if she swore herself in as president of the United States? What would happen if she called on the people of the USA to take to the streets and abuse supporters of Trump? Imagine them burning vehicles and throwing molotov cocktails at the police, creating the mayhem we see the US government encouraging the people of Venezuela to do. She probably would be in prison before the end of the day.

It is common knowledge that the USA has always wanted regime change in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez took power, but what is amazing is that the only election in Venezuela that the USA considers free and fair is the one in which the opposition won a majority in the national assembly.

CARL BELL

carl_bell@hotmail.com