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Should the United States Foot the Bill to Rebuild Venezuela if the United Nations Failed to Act?

This is an important question which requires some critical decision making and involves much logistics and coordination at federal levels.  The starting point could possibly be to exam the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Considering Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, publicly announced to the world the unanimous decision of the American colonies to declare themselves free and independent states, absolved from any allegiance to Great Britain.  What is a humanitarian crisis and how fast should the United States respond?

To further assist with answering the critical question, a great next step can be to define humanitarian and crisis.  Once defined compare and contrast the crisis at hand currently to past humanitarian crisis on US soil and if the US could afford to give its support, along with being able to provide the same scale and support to its own citizens.  What does that data reveal and how can it improve the current concerns of Venezuela?  A humanitarian is a person promoting human welfare and social reform, a philanthropist, according to Webster Dictionary.  A crisis is a turning point or critical situation, and together Venezuela needs help with a critical situation to provide social reform.

Should this critical decision be solely the responsibility of the United States alone?  Why do other countries always look to the United States as the primary subsidizer to bail them out of disastrous situations?  Suppose this is where understanding of compassion and empathy for humanity can be factored into the equation.  Humanity is defined by the quality or state of being human.  This is wonderful to know especially since the need to be anything else serves limited purpose because being human exceeds all.

Now we should factor in the agency or organization that will be responsible for implementation of logistics and coordination efforts with social service agencies with boots on the grounds.  We must also consider the jurisdiction power and authority the United States will be granted if providing the aid in an effort to rebuild Venezuela.  From past natural disasters on American soil such as Hurricane Katrina, in which the levees  breached in the lower 9th Ward washing away most of the structures in land, while displacing millions of the native residents.  Hurricane Katrina was over 13 years ago and the recovery efforts can still use some community engagement efforts.  The economy is always the first caveat to consider when rebuilding, and New Orleans Louisiana leads number one in Hospitality and Tourism in the United States.  Not to mention the extraordinary cuisine and culture.  If the people are what enrich a city’s culture ensuring it can thrive and prosper, should the United States continue to focus on providing and combating the housing humanitarian crisis currently in New Orleans and across America.

Recently, NYU held a symposium “Outlook on Venezuela, The Roadmap to Recovery,” to which distinguished experts and international leaders to discuss the crisis in Venezuela, as well as the next steps in rebuilding the country’s economy, infrastructure, and institutions.  Opposition leaders within the country and international community are looking ahead to a democratic transition of power while at the same time focusing on the reconstruction of Venezuela’s economy.  According to Michael Shiffer, President of Inter-American Dialogue suggest crossing that river has been the hardest task, while preventing ships from docking in Miami have been enforced.  Shiffer suggests “there is always a hope for change,” and back in January he joined in the hope however they got it wrong and hard to know what the crystal ball will reveal.

The primary organization who would have a vital role in this recovery effort if the United States plans to participate would be Organizations of America.  OAS is a continental organization that was founded on April 30, 1948 for the purposes of regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states.  Members are the 35 independent states of Americas lead by Secretary General Luis Almagro Lemes.  A common thread expressed among the distinguished panelist was getting rid of the old regime in Venezuela for the United States to encourage and not lead the path to pointless dialogue, regarding sanctions, political support and economic support and how are these facets being managed.  In terms of political support no parties responding and the military groups have been infiltrated with thugs causing a divide under the current regime.  What have those results shown and does data reveal the ability for a government to governing the living standard of the people?

Currently, India is the largest 3rd party application of sanctions purchaser of Venezuela oil which is becoming more and more dangerous magnifying the criminal economy in Venezuela.  Venezuela proposed a financial sanction Emergency Order which deals with the threat to US characterization of the sanctions.  The authority to allow sanctions is designed by Congress, and currently Russian oil companies are commercializing Venezuela oil without violating United States sanctions.  This could be a potential model approach going forward.  OAS Secretary General is taking issues on for Venezuela, however certain limits to what OAS can do to play an important role to which an Ambassador can help with the transition providing sustainable solutions.

What can an Ambassador do?  They can help with galvanizing support needed for engagement efforts along with boosting the voting moral of the people in rural areas of their member representation.  The right to vote is critical not just in Venezuela, but Indonesia and in the United States of America where much discussion of getting rid of the Electoral College vote has generated buzz.  If one of the members of OAS obstructs the voting process within the jurisdiction of the United States of America with specific regards to Washington, DC should that member’s representation be revoked?  In this particular case should Trinidad and Tobago be evaluated in their role of obstructing the United States Constitution to support major technology companies such as Alphabet’s subsidiary company Google Incorporation?

Mindy Hill

Mindy Hill

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