COMMENTARY || Using aid as a confrontational device will not bring an end to the suffering of the Venezuelan people
U.S. move only destabilizes the country more rather than alleviate suffering, argues U of A international relations expert.
By ANDY KNIGHT
On Feb. 21, President Nicolas Maduro closed the border Venezuela shares with Brazil in an effort to block aid from coming into the country. At least two civilians were killed and dozens were injured when Venezuelan security forces fired on protesters near the Brazilian border.
United States President Donald Trump issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan military on Feb. 26: side with the opposition coalition or face serious consequences.
Unfortunately, the U.S. is now using humanitarian aid as a “weapon” of sorts. The intent is clearly to destabilize Venezuela further rather than to ease the suffering of the Venezuelan people. I’m very disturbed by the method of U.S. intervention in the Venezuelan situation. It flies in the face of Article 2(7) of the UN Charter. This use of humanitarian aid as a confrontational de...