High Stakes in Caracas

from The Wall Street Journal,

Either democratic forces oust the regime, or Cuba cements its hold.

Venezuela’s democratic leaders launched a revolt against Cuban-backed dictator Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Either Venezuelans reclaim their freedom, or instability and misery will continue to radiate from Caracas through the Americas. Interim President Juan Guaidó, who was chosen by the elected National Assembly, stood outside La Carlota military air base in Caracas at dawn Tuesday to call for “beginning the final phase of Operation Freedom.” Mr. Guaidó was calling Venezuelans to the streets a day earlier than he had planned as part of a peaceful May 1 demonstration, and the Wednesday march is still on. This isn’t a “coup” despite the U.S. media’s glib characterization. It’s a popular revolt against an illegitimate ruler.

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