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Those socialists do get all national, don’t they?

It is South America’s only English-speaking nation, home to the fastest-growing economy in the world. But now, just as vast oil discoveries are set to transform Guyana, a threat to its very existence looms from its troubled neighbour.

On Sunday, Venezuela is holding a national referendum calling on the population to declare support for a claim, going back more than a century, that two thirds of the landmass of modern Guyana should be absorbed by Venezuela.

The problem with socialism is that you always do run out of country to impose it upon…..

10 thoughts on “Those socialists do get all national, don’t they?”

  1. Uncle Sam won’t allow Evil Bob Carolgees to take Guyana’s oil. Saddam was the last guy to try that kind of trick, and he had a better chance of defending himself than Carolgees does.

  2. On the Right-Left axis you could argue
    Left: running your country for the benefit of current and future immigrants (e.g. Greens)
    Centre: wanting to run it for the benefit of current residents (e.g. Geert Wilders)
    Right: wanting to run bits of other countries for your benefit (e.g. Hitler, now Maduro)

    I think Steve is right on USA saying nah you don’t matey, if only to stop the refugees from conscription leaving Venezuela via the opposite exit for the USA.

  3. Uncle Sam won’t allow Evil Bob Carolgees to take Guyana’s oil.

    Dunno, “Biden” has already made a bunch of concessions to Bobezuala in order to keep the oil price down, and the US military is starting to get spread thin. Venezuala and Guyana are big places (size akin to Texas and Florida); this wouldn’t be some little island adventure. Besides, Guyana was a British colonial concern and Irish Joe doesn’t like us very much whereas he does seem to like dagos lots and lots. Besides number two, the current US of A is peculiarly and indulgently self-destructive and might like to see itself fucked up the arse just a bit more, please.

  4. Left: running your country for the benefit of current and future immigrants (e.g. Greens)

    You spelt “ruining” wrong.

  5. PJF – The US DoD were in Guyana last week. I don’t think it’s that important whether “Biden” or someone else is nominally in charge, there’s oil at stake and it’s in America’s basement, so it’s serious business.

    Obvs the US Department of State’s gambit of recognising Juan Guy as the real president of Venezuela didn’t work, so they’re trying something else. I wouldn’t read too much into that either.

    The Venezuelan armed forces are tiny (the Regime’s militia, otoh, is huge but only useful for terrorising Evil Bob’s domestic enemies, i.e. people who want to buy toilet paper).

    There is literally nothing Venezuela could do if a US carrier group decided to park off their coast and bomb the shit out of them indefinitely. A single US Marines expeditionary brigade could defend Guyana against all South American rivals. I just can’t see any US president being allowed to permit a Saddam style oil grab.

  6. Gyana ought to consider using this newfound oil to start buying up mercenary armies – including paying off the Venezuelan military;)

    I’m sure there are some decently qualified people who would shift sides for a guaranteed 3 meals a day for their family.

  7. “Steve
    December 3, 2023 at 3:56 pm
    PJF – The US DoD were in Guyana last week. I don’t think it’s that important whether “Biden” or someone else is nominally in charge, there’s oil at stake and it’s in America’s basement, so it’s serious business.”

    I don’t know about that – we allowed Venezuela to completely shit the bed.

    As PJF said – we’re going through a particularly self-destructive phase this decade.

  8. They don’t want more refugees form Venezuela or surrounding area as they won’t vote for socialism, have to vote the right (left) way to be a useful refugee.
    Also explains why it’s one of the few places they are trying to send refugees back to, importing voters doesn’t work if they vote for the wrong party

  9. But isn’t it strange that the UK press doesn’t cover the schemes that Denmark and Germany are trying to shift migrants to Rwanda?

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