Sanders and Venezuela

by John McClaughry

In light of the accelerating disaster in Venezuela, here’s an interesting news item.

Elisabeth Burgos is the Venezuelan ex-wife of the French Marxist Regis Debray. She joined the Fidel Castro cause as a young woman, and worked for its ideals on the South American continent. She eventually broke free of the intellectual bonds of communism and has lived in Paris for many years.

In a recent telephone interview—posted on the Venezuelan website Prodavinci—she warned of the risks of the “Cuban project” for the region. “Wherever the Cubans have been, everything ends in tragedy,” she told Venezuelan journalist Hugo Prieto. “Surely we have no idea what forces we face,” Mr. Prieto observed—because, as she said, there is “a lot of naiveté, a lot of ignorance, about the apparatus that has fallen on [Venezuelans]: Castroism.”

Mary Anastasia O’Grady, the veteran Latin American reporter for the Wall Street Journal, tells how Raul Castro’s Cuba has taken over the security forces in Venezuela and is busily setting up a full blown communist police state, in part to protect the narcotics trade that passes through there and Cuba.

But here’s socialist Bernie Sanders on Venezuela, in 2011: “These days, the American Dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina.” Alluding to the Obama-led United States, Bernie added “Who’s the banana republic now?” Wake up Bernie. Castro and Marxism are cancers, not blessings.

- John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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mike seely August 18, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Thank God,. Bernie is stupid. Otherwise, he might be dangerous.

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