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Venezuelan troops open fire near border, killing 2 as aid standoff intensifies

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Regret the loss of life.

But Venezuelan law and the sovereignty of its border will be upheld by force if necessary.

Anybody is welcome to send aid via official channels that pass through customs inspection.

Nobody will be allowed to ram a truck through the border.

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Regret the loss of life.

But Venezuelan law and the sovereignty of its border will be upheld by force if necessary.

Anybody is welcome to send aid via official channels that pass through customs inspection.

Nobody will be allowed to ram a truck through the border.

Agreed. Not even your boy Trump will be allowed to ram a truck through the border, but it sure appears he is going to try.

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"To all the military: between today and tomorrow, you will define how you want to be remembered."

And just for slight clarity, "frontier" in Spanish means "border" in this situation. https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/la%20frontera - La frontera

Maduro caused this because he is stubborn. Better to let Venezuelans die and local doctors NOT have the supplies they need to help their people than to just allow the aid in. Nobody is suggesting they don't take the aid through customs inspections.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-health/venezuelan-health-system-decays-further-opposition-led-survey-says-idUSKBN1GV2HI at least let the medicines and medical supplies in like catheters.

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Oh, good old fashioned dictatorship. As I said, when a "leader" has to rely on the "military" to enforce their "justification" of maintaining order through violence, it means they are not truly a leader with the best interests of their country at heart... only their idea of control.

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Poor Venezuelan people.

Maduro is ordering his military to shoot civilians who try to bring humanitarian aid, while Trump is itching to invade in order to deflect attention from his serious legal troubles, and he also wants to take their oil.

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https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-u-s-venezuela-aid-convoy-story-is-clearly-bogus-but-no-one-wants-to-say-it/

The fact that the bulk of the international aid community has either distanced itself from this PR stunt or outright opposes it has been widely ignored by the mainstream media. One exception is NPR, which recently reported this inconvenient truth:

In fact, no neutral observer of international aid thinks Bolton and Abrams’ convoy is anything but a mechanism to foment civil war and regime change. We know this because high-level administration officials and their allies on the right keep telling us that’s the case. As the New York Post recently proclaimed, “U.S. delivers aid to town bordering Venezuela to undermine President Nicolas Maduro.”

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Maduro caused this because he is stubborn. Better to let Venezuelans die and local doctors NOT have the supplies they need to help their people than to just allow the aid in. Nobody is suggesting they don't take the aid through customs inspections.

Bingo!

Trump is itching to invade in order to deflect attention from his serious legal troubles, and he also wants to take their oil.

Now that was the weirdest blindsided curveball...ROFL!

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Trump is itching to invade in order to deflect attention from his serious legal troubles

Makes me wonder if there is a problem in this world that someone hasn't blamed on President Trump.

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Anybody is welcome to send aid via official channels that pass through customs inspection

This is not true: Maduro has closed the borders and will not allow aid in under any circumstances.

Fatty Maduro continues to feed his face whilst his people starve. Why won't he allow food into the country?

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Troops killing their own civilians? Reminds me of Tiannamen Square.

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After the comment above, why would anyone still want to be a Democrat?

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yakyakToday 01:36 pm JST

After the comment above, why would anyone still want to be a Democrat?

The thought of being associated with any of the self-professed Republicans or conservatives on this site is quite a good inducement.

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, good old fashioned dictatorship. As I said, when a "leader" has to rely on the "military" to enforce their "justification" of maintaining order through violence, it means they are not truly a leader with the best interests of their country at heart... only their idea of control.

Unless it a US friendly dictator of course....then there is hardly a peep of outrage in our

' unbiased ' media and all is dandy.

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“he has kidnapped thousands of their children.”

Nope. When children come through port of entry with proper visa / paperwork, they’re never separated from their parents.

“He has gassed migrants already.”

Nope. They were illegally breaching our border. We’re a nation of “laws” remember?? Border Patrol acted accordingly.

“After the comment above, why would anyone still want to be a Democrat?”

Yup. Beats the crap out of me-

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This is not true: Maduro has closed the borders and will not allow aid in under any circumstances.

This is not true: Close to 150 countries in the world still recognize the current government the legitimate one and they are sending aid regularly. China and Russia in particular are sending plenty of food and medicine.

Follows the rules, send it through government channels and via customs and you can send all the aid you want.

The "he's blocking all aid and intentionally starving kids" narrative is comically ridiculous and it's only believed by people who live in the MSM bubble.

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The last shipment of ‘international aid’ to Venezuela was intercepted and found to contain guns!

Anyone, in any country attempting to circumvent a closed border or the controls of, would also be facing deadly force-no surprises then.....

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What we're hoping is that the authorities in Venezuela will see this wonderful, peaceful concert ... and that the soldiers will do that right thing," Branson said.

Cabello is man behind the scenes who has helped Venezuela get into this poor position. He is very aggressive. Having a “wonderful, peaceful concert” in front of such a person seems like a tragedy waiting to happen. Pressure is one thing, but sending concert-goers into such a volatile situation seems unwise.

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How long before our administration sends troops? As we watch this unfold, perhaps we should keep in mind that while we're correctly defending a country against Maduro, who prevented others from running against him in an election, our own RNC is considering cancelling the Republican primary in the next election.

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China and Russia in particular are sending plenty of food and medicine.

The land borders are closed: you can see that on the news. The fact that China and Russia are sending aid demonstrates that the socialist paradise, and Maduro, has failed. If he accepts aid from China and Russia, why won't he accept aid from all countries? In refusing aid fatty Maduro is prolonging the suffering of his people, whilst he stuffs himself with steaks every night.

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The US has no place in Venezuela. This is chaos that is being fomented by the US so they can install a Washington puppet. The US is only interested in OIL. If the US is so concerned about peoples welfare, why have they stopped aid to Palestinians and why do they continue to support the shooting of children, the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Israelis?   Why does the US supply Israel with to arms to use against stone throwing Palestinians tying to regain their land after 60 years of Israeli occupation?

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This is chaos that is being fomented by the US so they can install a Washington puppet. The US is only interested in OIL.

You must be unaware that many EU countries and Japan are supporting Guaido, and the U.S. is the world's #1 oil producer. Believe me, Maduro is not someone you would want to invite over for dinner.

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"Maduro is not someone you would want to invite over for dinner" - neither is Trump!

According to US logic, Hilary Clinton should be President as she won the popular vote. According to Washington logic any opposition leader of any nation should be able to declare himself President (with US approval of course).

There is much discussion about voter irregularities and possible Russian influence in the 20 US elections, so, according to Washington logic, the other nations of the world should be able to recognise Hilary Clinton as President and start placing sanction on the US, start plans to invade the US. Just as the US is taking care of its own affairs regarding voting irregularities, so Venezuela should do the same without US interference. The only reason the US is interfering is for OIL and so they can establish another military base in South America. When will the Western Wimps, so-called Western Powers get a backbone and stand up to the US. They may be next in US crosshairs.

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Civil War waiting to happen. Russia and China backed Maduro, US and Allies backed Guaido. Has he potential for US military intervention since there's no way we will allow Russia or China to settle in militarily at our doorstep. Going from a Vietnam scenario to a Cuban one fast.

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