You know I started this thread and watching Venezuela, because I was interested in the effect Venezuela impact on the price of oil.
Then as I followed closer and closer what is going on there, I started realizing my little bet on the oil market was the least of the concerns there. I was looking at it as another interesting case of a latin american economy imploding due to crappy politics. Sort of like Argentina colapse 1-20, or Brazil, or Mexico, or <insert just about every latin american country in the last 100 years at some point>.
Now, I am looking at it from a humanitarian / historical perspective. The economics / politics is almost more of an interesting foot note for me. I have even pondered how I could help, although I don't generally get involved unless I am convinced I am actually doing something worthwhile and effective. Perhaps something will strike me as worth while at some point.
But the point is, the situation has dramatically morphed from simple bad politics and economics to humanitarian crisis in search of label.
Here is what I mean.
This is a great article on the impact that the collapse of Venezuela is having on the Colombian medical system near the boarder:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation- ... 92819.html
I am starting to become concerned about the rapid implosion destabilizing the neighbors. That boarder with Colombia is only now starting to sort out its own problems. That is however another topic, for another post; but, that is a very unstable neighborhood to suddenly have a refugee crisis in.
From that article, what caught my attention was this bit, among many other shockers:
The cases that come through Colombia provide alarming insight into the state of Venezuela’s hospitals, said Bitar, the public health director.
A few months ago, a young boy was flown from Venezuela’s capital to Cúcuta for dialysis. The fact that this small Colombian town of 600,000 could provide medical care not even available in Caracas, which has more than 2 million inhabitants, was both startling and revealing, Bitar said.
“They brought him by plane to San Cristóbal and then he crossed the border in an ambulance, just for dialysis,” he said. “That’s completely pathetic.”
and this one,
In some ways, new definitions are needed to deal with this crisis, he said. Even as Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world, there’s no recognized conflict taking place there.
But the Venezuelans coming to Cúcuta “are de-facto refugees, whether or not they’re recognized by international law,” Calderón said. “They’re fleeing to save their lives.”
Which is a really interesting point. How do you classify this government created crisis. International aid agencies, the U.N., the red cross, and so on are really not triggered unless you have some sort of actual conflict or disaster to intervene in to with a clear definition of what it is they are fixing.
I had the thought. Some group in Venezuela needs to form an armed rebellion. Not to overthrow the government, but simply to trigger international laws that would then allow for aid to flow to the neighboring countries and perhaps trigger international war crimes / crimes against humanity sorts of investigations. Essentially, just trigger what limited amount of international protections there are, for what they are worth.
Because I was thinking about it. He is right. There really is no crime recognized in international law for a government to actively blocking people from being able to take care of themselves.
In fact, I am not even certain how to describe it. It is beyond simple negligence. It is not really like the case of Somalia, that had an outright failed state. We have a similar situation that has been going on for decades in North Korea. A government intentionally starving and denying basic resources to a large segment of people. It might be pointed out, that perhaps there is a crime somewhere defined under international law because it is focused on a particular political group, but it seems in Venezuela's case to have spread to all groups (with the exception of the best friends to the regime).
However, it is not really like when sadam hussian used mustard gas on the kurds, but at the end of the day is more effective in killing people then mustard gas.
Then we have the rising cases of women being forced to choose sterilization in Venezuela, for lack of medical resources and access to contraception. It is obviously wrong, but how do you define that as a crime?
http://www.inquisitr.com/3823732/women- ... -hardship/
How do you define the crime? How do you define the crisis, when it is so widely spread?
I would say it has more in common with what North Korea is doing to its people, than say what the Syrians are doing to the population that is rebelling.