Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela Needs to Read the History of Another Nicolae – Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania

Aug. 6, 2018
by Bob Adelmann

While driving a taxi (before being tapped as successor to Hugh Chavez) in Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro no doubt had a lot of time to read. It’s too bad he didn’t take time to read about another Nicolae – Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania. From Biography.com he would have been alerted to his own fate:

Nicolae Ceausescu was born on January 26, 1918. He met future Romanian leader Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej in prison, and succeeded him after his death in 1965.

He ruled Romania according to orthodox Communist principles, causing food shortages by forcing the export of most of the country’s agricultural products. The resulting unrest led to the collapse of Ceausescu’s regime and his execution in 1989.

Maduro would no doubt have been interested in the last few hours of Ceausescu’s (and his wife Elena’s) life:

As Romania’s standard of living failed to improve, Ceausescu’s grip on power started to weaken. In November 1987, in a scene that would have been unthinkable just a few years before, thousands of workers stormed the Communist Party headquarters in Brasov. Records were destroyed, as was a grand portrait of Ceausescu.

Finally, in December of 1989, a popular revolt, aided by the army, pushed the Ceausescus from power and into the courtroom. As Romania wrestled with violence, the country’s new leaders wanted to show the population that it no longer needed to worry about the Ceausescus.

On December 25, in a show trial that lasted less than an hour, the couple was charged with genocide and other crimes. Shortly after their conviction, the Ceausescus were led outside and executed by a firing squad. The two were buried at the Ghencea Cemetery in Bucharest.

It doesn’t really matter whether the attack on Maduro’s life last Saturday by two M600 drones was legitimate or not: he is using the incident as an excuse to gain sympathy for his failing regime and to round up “dissidents” who might or might not have had anything to do with the attack.

Maduro said he was threatened with death. In his retelling of the incident, (see sources below), the dictator said “This was an attempt to kill me!” adding that “They have tried to assassinate me and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right in alliance with the Columbian far right and that the name of [Colombian President] Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack.”

Maduro’s mouthpiece, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez, echoed Maduro’s plaint: “At exactly 5:41 p.m. in the afternoon [Saturday] several explosions were heard. The investigation clearly reveals they came from drone-like devices that carried explosions.” Regurgitating the canard was Maduro’s Interior Minister Nestor Luis Reverol who said he not only saw two drones but identified them as massive M600 drones capable of carrying payloads of more than 20 pounds. Neither of them, said Reverol, reached Maduro or his phalanx of military generals standing with him on the podium.

Except that TV footage of the event, and citizens’ iPhone videos, reveal no drones, no explosions from bombs being carried by them, and certainly no photos of wreckage of the alleged drones that would most certainly have proven the claims to be true.

But retribution for Maduro’s “dissidents” began almost immediately. Following the so-called attack, Maduro happily announced that “I am fine. I am alive, and after this attack I’m more determined than ever to follow the path of the revolution.” And that path is over the dead bodies of anyone deemed to be a danger to his dictatorship. There are already nearly 250 political prisoners being held in Maduro’s jails, and dozens more are likely to be joining them shortly. Promised Maduro: “There will be ruthless punishment. Justice! Maximum punishment! And there will be no forgiveness!”

David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) who has spent decades studying Venezuela, said that, legitimate or not, false flag or not, botched attempt or not, Maduro “will use it to concentrate power. Whoever did this [doesn’t matter]. He’ll use it to further restrict liberty and purge the government and armed forces [of dissidents].”

Eric Farnsworth agrees. Vice president of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, Farnsworth said Maduro “will use the incident to radicalize; likely, to purge the military, strengthen his personal guard, and embellish the narrative about being under attack from the U.S. and Colombia and others in a bid for sympathy and support.”

But history records that the tighter his grip the more those “dissidents” will slip through his fingers. His country is on the verge of total collapse. His government and state-owned oil company are in massive default on their bonds, and crude oil production is less than a third of what it was just two years ago. The paper currency is worthless, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimating that inflation will hit one million percent this year. Hundreds of thousands have already fled the country, taking with them the skills and experience needed to keep a highly industrialized economy operating. On their way out, many of them are scavenging the oil company, PdVSA, of anything that can be sold on the black market, including, according to the New York Times, vital equipment, vehicles, pumps and copper wiring, “carrying off whatever they can to make money.” As a result, those remaining are so poor they can’t leave, with most of them living in poverty. At the moment, Maduro controls the courts, and his legislative body has replaced the legitimately elected National Assembly. But the natives are getting increasingly restless. It’s just a matter of time before Maduro faces the same end as Ceausescu.

If Maduro had taken just a little time to read some history, things might be different in Venezuela. It’s too bad that he didn’t take the time.

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Sources:

Biography of Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu

FLYING BOMB Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro survives assassination bid using drones packed with explosives during live TV speech

DailyMail.co.uk: Was Venezuela ‘drone attack’ faked? Firefighters claim explosion in ‘assassination bid’ was actually a GAS TANK blowing up and TV cameras failed to capture footage of the ‘drones’ - but President Maduro rounds up political opponents

Washington Post: Venezuela braces for possible crackdown after apparent drone attack on Maduro

DailyMail.uk.co:  Was Venezuela ‘drone attack’ faked? Firefighters claim explosion in ‘assassination bid’ was actually a GAS TANK blowing up and TV cameras failed to capture footage of the ‘drones’ - but President Maduro rounds up political opponents

YouTube: CNN commentary along with video of explosion rattling Maduro and scattering his troops  (2:33 minutes long)

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