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Moment of Truth for Venezuela

Tomorrow things may come to a head for Venezuela.

Venezuelan opposition leader (and U.S.-recognized legitimate president of the country) Juan Guaidó has pledged to bring U.S. and international food aid into the country from Colombia on Saturday. Socialist president Nicolas Maduro, clinging to power, has been preventing any aid from reaching Venezuela’s starving citizens. Maduro has previously closed the bridge between Venezuela and Colombia over which aid was to travel and has now closed the country’s border with Brazil. He seems determined to keep help from entering the country because to do so would be a tacit admission that the “Bolivarian Revolution” begun by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has failed and that the former economic wonder of Latin America has now been reduced to accepting assistance from its neighbors and from the United States.

Last week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) went to Colombia to the border with Venezuela to call upon Maduro’s forces to allow aid into the country. Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Colombia on Monday to call for Maduro’s ouster.

So far, the Venezuelan military has remained loyal to Maduro and any dissension in the ranks and leadership has been snuffed out. The question is, will they forcibly prevent aid from entering the country tomorrow? If they do, the U.S. and its allies will have to consider alternate plans to help the country’s citizens. If the military does allow aid to flow, then it will likely be the end of Maduro’s grasp on power. Either way, Maduro cannot hold on for much longer, with the economy of Venezuela ruined and the people, and most of the international community, calling for him to leave office.

Even China and Russia appear to be making contingency plans for Venezuela post-Maduro. Russia has frozen the accounts of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and China has been rumored to be in talks with Guaidó’s party concerning economic issues.

Tomorrow will be the day to watch and pray for Venezuela. Will the Bolivarian Revolution finally come to an end, or will it hang on for a little longer in an attempt to strangle as much of Venezuela as possible before it finally takes its last breath?

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