U.S.-Venezuela Tensions

According to the BBC article linked below, tensions between the U.S. and Venezuela have increased as the U.S. government denounced the human rights abuses carried out by Venezuelan leaders under their president, Nicolas Maduro. Recently, the U.S. government issued a statement calling for sanctions against these leaders and labeled Venezuela “a threat” to U.S. security. Whether history repeats itself or not, there are some patterns being repeated from the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. During those years, the U.S. denounced policies of certain Latin American countries and, under the excuse that those governments are a security threat, began intervening in Latin America. The governments of the Latin American countries labeled the U.S. attitude as imperialism. The world witnessed as many Latin American countries banded together against the U.S. in response to the perceived imperialistic attitude of the U.S. This same situation is being seen again with Venezuela’s government. The U.S. calls Venezuela a security threat; Venezuela calls the U.S. imperialistic, a country looking for any excuse to intervene in the internal affairs of another. Most importantly, other Latin American countries have demonstrated overwhelming support for Venezuela, denouncing the meddlesome actions of the U.S. Among those vocal supporters are, perhaps not surprisingly, Cuban president Raul Castro, as well as Bolivian president Evo Morales, who announced that the U.S. must realize that the world is no longer living “in imperial times of the past.” The support was so great that the government leaders of Latin America gathered for an emergency Alba meeting (Alba is the regional union of several Latin American states). Because this is no longer just an issue between Venezuela and the U.S. but an issue between the U.S. and most of Latin America, the outcome of thse events will greatly affect U.S. foreign policy in this hemisphere.



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