It was already a bit before I read in today’s Hbl (Sö 27.01) that “EU-länder ställer Maduro inför ultimatum” that I read on Facebook that Timo Soini had publicly taken the side of the USA in the conflict (to which I wrote a short comment which began with the formulation “What a surprise …”).
Now it is of course so that also I do not claim that there is any obligation to like Maduro very much. I do not have the impression that he is a very competent head of state, Venezuela has very obviously neglected to diversify its economy in time (96% of the country’s income is said to come from the selling of oil), on top of which there is the effect of the sanctions part of which were already imposed by peace nobelist Obama and are at present observed by the USA, Canada and the EU (and are usually simply not mentioned during the present discussions). Thus, the situation in Venezuela IS very obviously bad in quite a number of ways, part of which may well be due to Maduro.
On the other hand, the whole present situation is a glaringly obvious attempt by the USA to achieve another of those so very much longed-for regime changes: Guaido was in the night before he declared himself encouraged by a phonecall from US vice president Mike Pence, and immediately after he declared himself he was supported by Trump (altogether a clear case of what is commonly called High Treason). And if one looks at the possibly intended effects of the action (aside of the obvious wish of the US government to get rid of a government which they have anyway never liked), there is truly little to applaud: it is not probable that the Trump government, which is steadily making the living-conditions for its own citizens (as far as not very rich) worse, would now seriously intend to improve the lives of normal Venezuelans (rather, one could/should suspect an intention to create a new opportunity for the “Shock Doctrine” à la Naomi Klein, with all the resulting blessings for the US capital and the usual disastrous consequences of a US-orchestrated regime change – see Middle East and Libya, also Central America … – for normal citizens). But the EU, (including Finland. also including Germany, which under a Social Democrat government was resisting US pressure to join the invasion of the Iraq) does not hesitate for a moment to follow the US lead, blindly, without considering that this way Trump (whom we do not like so very much, or do we?) is handed a political victory to strengthen his position, so that he can continue driving his own people deeper into poverty, pour more money into armament, inch closer to an invasion of Iran (which one does not need to like either – but what will be the real consequences?), and do his best (i.e. worst) to harm biodiversity and the climate. And this at a time when the US opposition is loudly warning against following Trump’s lead. Well, Europeans are Europeans, and Finns have not either forgotten their old tendencies concerning Finlandisering, at least not those Europeans and Finns who are at present in power. But all the more reason to try and change that by giving power to people with better and more responsible heads. And might it help to decry, during election campaigns, the present power holders as “Trump followers”?