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1 / Why Venezuela should be left alone. The rationale behind an international intervention on Venezuela is the political crisis and human rights violation. Trump would like that: after all, he's an uneducated far-right individual in the wrong place.
2 / The argument doesn't hold water. The Human Rights Watch @hrw has annual reports on HR violations across the world. You can download them here. Be prepared for a 660 pg report from 2018:
3 / Human Rights Watch @hrw and Amnesty International @amnestyusa don't publish HR violations rankings. There are methodological reasons for that. You can check Amnesty International's country assessment here:
4 / The Guardian @guardian published a tentative ranking. It is based on an index obtained by multiplying a weighted score of abuses by the Human Development Index.
5 / As you can see, #Venezuela ranks #18 and I don't even agree with the ranking system. If you are reasonably up to date with just the most spectacular violations, can you really say that Venezuela is *the* number one priority?
6 / For those with a more visual approach, here is a nice little map:
7 / Now that we tried a synchronic approach to human rights violations and "crises", how about a diachronic one? Let's consider how many times international interventions resulted in positive X negative effects. Why not start with Latin America?
8 / What can we say? "Thanks, USA government, for helping install the bloodiest far-right dictatorships in the continent?"
9 / How about the Middle East? How did that work out for everybody? Not that great, right? So how about NOT repeating the same mistakes? How about, let's see... trusting SCIENCE, just for once?
10 / The technical analysis will spit out the following advice: leave it alone. If it's bad, interfering usually makes it worse.
11 / The USA has an amazing history of internal democratic development. It has presented the world with a historical "novelty" (at the time): the pluralistic democracy. That same democracy is at the highest risk it has ever faced under the Trump administration.
12 / Believe me: Venezuela (or any other country) is the least of America's problems. The first one, the very first one has a name: @realDonaldTrump . That (and all the chain of bad seeds that hang from it, such as white supremacy, corruption, etc) is the emergency.
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