U.S. expels Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat move over unrest

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SoutherRican wrote:

Sure President Nicolas Maduro wants a new a new ambassador to the U.S., that way he can put a name to whom he wants to blame for all his problems. It is an internal conflict let them settle it themselves. How would we like it if Venezuela wanted settle any problems we may have here in the U.S., we would tell them to mind their own business, right.

Feb 25, 2014 10:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
kafantaris wrote:

Time to go, Maduro — while going is still good.

Feb 25, 2014 12:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

It might hurt the US a bit, but I think it would be a good idea if we cut off oil imports from the “Chavista” government of Venezuela for about 6 months.

This would let them know we are serious about Democracy, and do not support any quasi-Dictatorships like that of Chavez or Maduro . . . Chavez’s designated “heir”.

Venezuela could be a real power in South America, if it only had a competent government, whose aim wasn’t to line their own pockets.

Feb 25, 2014 2:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Earthtourist wrote:

Mr. Ripe says: “U.S. society needs to know the truth about Venezuela”- Well we have news for him and his corrupt gang of Cuban-controlled clowns. US & World society do know the truth far more than he imagines. We all know how his bandoleros have been ripping off the country for 15 years, how these ‘socialist pretenders’ are really very capitalist oriented in their private spheres, how they’ve sold the Venezuelan people down the river to Cuban communist interests, how they’ve done an amazing job of ruining a once prosperous nation, how 95% of what they say is bull, how they manipulate each election and how they plan to hang on to power forever at any cost !

Feb 25, 2014 2:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DURO wrote:

I guess if he’s not going on his own, he may find out he has cancer, just like the other clown.

Feb 25, 2014 3:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Elenauairen wrote:

The USA need to stop dealing diplomatically and economically with this dictator. A crazy paranoid one that insults anyone he believes is against him… which in his head everybody is against him

Feb 25, 2014 4:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

How very adult of the US to engage in a ‘tit-for-tat’ ‘hissy-fit’.
My grandkids act more grown-up than these lame excuses for adults.

Feb 25, 2014 6:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
disengage wrote:

Maduro does what every communist and socialist head of state does.Deny,camouflage, parry and deflect , anything to misdirect the peoples ire , directed towards them.This is right out of Maduros Cuban handlers handbook. It is so blatant , if the USA invades, we will go out in the streets and defend with our guns..What absolute crap.The USA is as much interested in invading Venezuela, under obama, as it is interested, in working with the Republicans. Maduro, you are weak. without the cubans calling every major decision in your country, you would be tried for incompetence.

Feb 25, 2014 7:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CharlesUK wrote:

I see all comments here have a short context span however I would say all converge in the fact that Venezuela needs a change of government. Let me tell those in America and any other powerful countries, who profess individuality and suggest keeping away from the “domestic” Venezuelan issues, that this far beyond a “domestic” problem. For instance, Cuba has full control of their armed forces (police, “people’s” armed guards, National Guard, Army and “organised” criminal/motorised armed forces) which are used for crowd control, subjugation, force indoctrination of the population and create fear among opposition to the regime. This has led the Venezuelan population to keep relatively quiet during 15 years of food shortages, total lack of basic services, increased extreme poverty, insecurity (23k reported murders in 2013), persecution, totalitarianism, expropriation of private property/industry, media control/blockage, corruption, increased migration of good/educated/valuable people, “etc”. However, two/three weeks ago university students had enough and organised themselves to demonstrate pacifically their discontent to these issues requesting immediate change of economic policies, total disarmament of the violent civilian armed forces adept to the regime, stop insecurity, stop hostility in Universities (specially private), replenish supermarket shelves with basic food and toiletries (no toilet paper currently available), expel Cubans from armed forces, among others. The response?, violence. Four students murdered during the pacific demonstrations in the first 4 days and 13 to-date. All well documented daily by the protagonists (people of Venezuela) as no media is allowed to publish the truth, instead the only news come from media controlled by the government which transmit montage scenes while people are massacred and mistreated on the street. Obviously this hostility led the students to change tactic and organise themselves to a defensive mode, arming themselves with paint bombs (to blind tanks) and stones, barricading main roads and neighbourhoods in most cities to stop government armed forces shooting at students and at civilian in their houses…. Yes, they shoot at residential buildings…. Generally, violence leads to violence….. Now, among the new requests from the students, are the resignation of the heads of state (president, armed forces and executive), release of over 500 students detained during the protests, release of the opposition leader imprisoned last week for supporting the pacific demonstrations. The answer?… Maduro expelled the US diplomats as a mean to diverting the attention and blame others with the intention of diminishing the US prestige worldwide. I am writing this not to criticise your views but to clarify that what Venezuela needs is not for the US or any powerful democratic country sending troops and eradicate this regime. No, that is the people of Venezuela duty. What they plea is for these countries to open their eyes and push strong sanctions through international bodies to stop violence by disarming, changing internal policies on crowd control and charge the heads of state with violation of human rights. If this intervention leads to the total eradication of the regime that will bring peace and will put Venezuela where it should be in the long term. Otherwise, even you (USA) will be affected as not only Cuba will be governing in Venezuela and at your doorstep but North Korea, Russia, Syria and any other lawless extremist country out there. Surely you don’t want that, right?. Why I am so passionate about this?…. because I am a Venezuelan leaving in the UK over 17 years and who was also an University student there and whose only weapon is spreading the truth worldwide in order to create conscience and get your leaders to engage in real diplomacy and make the necessary attempts to impose democratic measures in my country. Like me, other Venezuelans abroad are willing, when time comes and leaving family behind, to enlist and go back to our country to fight for our freedom.

Feb 26, 2014 5:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
CharlesUK wrote:

I see all comments here have a short context span however I would say all converge in the fact that Venezuela needs a change of government. Let me tell those in America and any other powerful countries, who profess individuality and suggest keeping away from the “domestic” Venezuelan issues, that this far beyond a “domestic” problem. For instance, Cuba has full control of their armed forces (police, “people’s” armed guards, National Guard, Army and “organised” criminal/motorised armed forces) which are used for crowd control, subjugation, force indoctrination of the population and create fear among opposition to the regime. This has led the Venezuelan population to keep relatively quiet during 15 years of food shortages, total lack of basic services, increased extreme poverty, insecurity (23k reported murders in 2013), persecution, totalitarianism, expropriation of private property/industry, media control/blockage, corruption, increased migration of good/educated/valuable people, “etc”. However, two/three weeks ago university students had enough and organised themselves to demonstrate pacifically their discontent to these issues requesting immediate change of economic policies, total disarmament of the violent civilian armed forces adept to the regime, stop insecurity, stop hostility in Universities (specially private), replenish supermarket shelves with basic food and toiletries (no toilet paper currently available), expel Cubans from armed forces, among others. The response?, violence. Four students murdered during the pacific demonstrations in the first 4 days and 13 to-date. All well documented daily by the protagonists (people of Venezuela) as no media is allowed to publish the truth, instead the only news come from media controlled by the government which transmit montage scenes while people are massacred and mistreated on the street. Obviously this hostility led the students to change tactic and organise themselves to a defensive mode, arming themselves with paint bombs (to blind tanks) and stones, barricading main roads and neighbourhoods in most cities to stop government armed forces shooting at students and at civilian in their houses…. Yes, they shoot at residential buildings…. Generally, violence leads to violence….. Now, among the new requests from the students, are the resignation of the heads of state (president, armed forces and executive), release of over 500 students detained during the protests, release of the opposition leader imprisoned last week for supporting the pacific demonstrations. The answer?… Maduro expelled the US diplomats as a mean to diverting the attention and blame others with the intention of diminishing the US prestige worldwide. I am writing this not to criticise your views but to clarify that what Venezuela needs is not for the US or any powerful democratic country sending troops and eradicate this regime. No, that is the people of Venezuela duty. What they plea is for these countries to open their eyes and push strong sanctions through international bodies to stop violence by disarming, changing internal policies on crowd control and charge the heads of state with violation of human rights. If this intervention leads to the total eradication of the regime that will bring peace and will put Venezuela where it should be in the long term. Otherwise, even you (USA) will be affected as not only Cuba will be governing in Venezuela and at your doorstep but North Korea, Russia, Syria and any other lawless extremist country out there. Surely you don’t want that, right?. Why I am so passionate about this?…. because I am a Venezuelan leaving in the UK over 17 years and who was also an University student there and whose only weapon is spreading the truth worldwide in order to create conscience and get your leaders to engage in real diplomacy and make the necessary attempts to impose democratic measures in my country. Like me, other Venezuelans abroad are willing, when time comes and leaving family behind, to enlist and go back to our country to fight for our freedom.

Feb 26, 2014 8:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
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