Yes, Nicolas, entirely right Mr. Maduro

Nicolas Maduro, the Leftist leader of Venezuela, blamed far Right opponents, neighbouring Colombia and financiers based in Florida for what he said was an assassination attempt with a drone in Caracas on Saturday night.

He appeared on TV hours after cutting short a speech to the country’s military amid scenes of panic to point the finger at a familiar list of enemies.

Officials said two drones loaded with explosives went off during the president’s speech. However, firefighters disputed that version of events, saying a gas tank had exploded in an apartment.

Not that it should surprise any if someone is trying to off him but still….

24 comments on “Yes, Nicolas, entirely right Mr. Maduro

  1. Who on earth would want to assassinate that nice Mr Maduro, who has dedicated his life to the prosperity and well-being of the people of Venezuela?

    He is like that nice Mr Erdoğan, the Turkish gentleman, a friend to widows and orphans and a credit to the human race.

  2. Let us count our blessings. Had Maduro been assassinated, Owen Jones et al would be writing lachrymose tributes to this great socialist with noble intentions – and also trying to implicate Trump in his death.

  3. Justice would be Maduro publicly hanged by the people he has near destroyed. Next to Chavez’s daughter and the dug up corpse of Chavez.

  4. Given how easy it is to get hold of a gun in most parts of the world, I’m surprised that Presidential assassinations aren’t more common.

  5. According to the Graun report, Venezuela’s economic problems are due to the low oil price.

    While partly true, they obviously have nothing at all to do with “not real socialism”.

  6. @AndrewM: Given the nature of the most likely successor to the each of the world’s corrupt or incompetent leaders, I can see why so few bother.

  7. @ Steve

    Phenomenally close, but no cigar. Bob hasn’t yet mastered the Stalin moustache. (See also Hussein, Saddam.)

  8. BiG,

    Venezuela’s economic problems are due to the low oil price.

    Just like every other nation in the world whose economy is very highly dependent on oil.

  9. Bloke in Germany said:
    “According to the Graun report, Venezuela’s economic problems are due to the low oil price.”

    Rather like Cuba’s problems being the Yankee embargo, it’s amazing how socialism will, we are told by its supporters, only work if the socialist country can sell high priced stuff to a wealthy capitalist country.

  10. Watching the video of the “attempt” see who reacts to the bang….pretty much just his wife .

    maybe I should wear my tinfoil today ?

  11. When Chavez took over oil was $18 per barrel. It is now about $70 per barrel. What decline in oil prices?

  12. Price of oil is not the problems for Venezuela, not being able to get it out of the ground is, because of years of underinvestment and mismanagement of the State oil company.

  13. “Given how easy it is to get hold of a gun in most parts of the world, I’m surprised that Presidential assassinations aren’t more common.”

    Because they know that in countries where that might be necessary retribution will be swift and brutal and extend way beyond the assassin’s immediate family and friends.

    They also know, as the people of Zimbabwe are finding out, even when its a peaceful removal of a brutal dictator its likely to be a case of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.

    “Rather like Cuba’s problems being the Yankee embargo, it’s amazing how socialism will, we are told by its supporters, only work if the socialist country can sell high priced stuff to a wealthy capitalist country.”

    Socialism is a negative externality of free market capitalism and needs to be taxed out pf existence.

  14. Chavez initial popularity was funded by a huge rise in the price of oil that enabled him to bribe voters and put placemen in all the key positions.
    The lack of anything equivalent to the Venezuelan oil industry in Britain is why, bad as it would be, the Corbynistas will be unable to similarly entrench themselves here, their popularity would fall like a stone pretty quickly.

  15. Where was Mr. Ecks?

    Oh and if it did happen, good job. Practice makes perfect. Maybe practice on his judiciary?

  16. ‘two drones loaded with explosives’

    What, a couple of cherry bombs?

    How many grams is ‘loaded?’

  17. ” Venezuelans appear to have plenty of wealth to spend on fancy uniforms and parades.”
    And their generals on medals.
    One can’t help wondering what they were awarded for.
    But, of course, Spanish generals are just the same. Who did they fight? Spain’s military have only fought two wars in the last two centuries.* Both against itself. Both it was on the losing side.

    *Unless you count the Colombian War of Independence. When they got their arses soundly kicked by a couple thousand British riflemen on a working holiday.

  18. Have the firefighters been arrested for spreading ‘fake news’?

    The soldiers on parade did pretty good Brave Sir Robin impressions.

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