[July 27, 2019] It has been a busy time over the past few months so today I’ll be posting about events that I don’t have the time to get into during the week. Foreign affairs is the topic of the day.
Protest rallies in Venezuela as the electric grid fails (again). Socialism is a failed socio-political-economic system. Echoing a common theme among such governments, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the U.S. and unnamed terrorists for an “electromagnetic attack” on the nation’s power grid. Ten percent of the country’s population has left, seeking a better life elsewhere. Once the most prosperous country south of the U.S., Venezuela has fallen under the spell of socialist promises. When unable to deliver after years of official corruption and cronyism, the government blames others for their failure. When senior leaders fail, the failure translates quickly to the lives of everyone.
Corruption by senior government officials in Puerto Rico and rising crime stresses a nation. Hurricane Maria in August 2018 was not the only problem the government of Puerto Rico has failed to address. After it was discovered that Puerto Rico mishandled money sent to restore the electric grid, now comes word that several key government officials have been arrested by the FBI on corruption charges. Also, crime is rising at an unprecedented rate. These combined have led to an outflow of citizens to the U.S. and to a serious decline in the standard of living of Puerto Rico. No one expects conditions to improve anytime soon.
North Korea and Iran fire missiles to test their construction but actually to show their “strength and determination.” This came as no surprise. If you want to demonstrate that you are a tough guy, just fire a couple of missiles into the air and show the video on YouTube. This is gunboat diplomacy without the gunboat. Fact of the matter is, this works and both nK and Iran got lots of attention, especially from America and Europe who have politicians that scare rather easily. I’m not impressed. You can buy just about any type of missile you want from Russia or China if you have the money as most governments do. What does it mean? They weren’t getting enough attention and now they will throw a tantrum just like your brother did in the grocery store when your mom wouldn’t buy him a popsicle.