By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Amid all the political uproar here in the US, a headline concerning Venezuela surfaced that should be getting far more attention than it is currently. It’s being said that the Trump administration is prepping to add Venezuela to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. That would be the right move and a good thing.
In South Florida, that is very welcome news to thousands of refugees who have fled Nicolas Maduro’s socialist/communist utopian dictatorship. The Trump administration would officially declare Venezuela an enemy of America – and they are. There’s a whole list of reasons why. This designation would put Venezuela on a list reserved for governments repeatedly accused of being “a state sponsor of terrorism,” like Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Sudan. Venezuela’s comrade, Cuba, fought and won removal from the notorious list in 2016 during the Obama administration. They should also be placed on that list.
Senator Marco Rubio has been ringing alarm bells over this for a long time. He should be commended for that. In fact, it’s rumored that President Trump is acting on Rubio’s advice on this. I hope is also getting counsel from Senator Ted Cruz. Rubio has savaged Maduro like a pitbull and rightly so. He tears into the power-hungry dictator who has made a mockery of his country’s democracy every chance he gets. Venezuelans blame Maduro for rampant corruption across the government and mishandling of the economy.