While there continues to be a movement among policymakers in Caracas, Washington, and even Oslo, the Venezuelan church has made several provocative statements in recent weeks, demonstrating that even its patience is running out.
Over the past couple of weeks, Paul Coyer had a series of conversations with Rabbi Pynchas Brener about the history of the Jewish community in Venezuela, the role it has played both prior to and during the period of Chavismo, and his hopes for his nation’s future.
At this point, it is necessary to discuss the rhetoric utilized by the White House and US Congress regarding Venezuela, compared to how senior US military commanders discuss the situation and the possibility of US military action in the South American country.
As the situation in Venezuela becomes more complex and violent, the church has maintained a two-prong position: it has attempted to remain neutral while calling for peace and dialogue at the same time.
Many Omar supporters have joined in denouncing Abrams as an accomplice to “death squads and genocidal massacres” in Central America during the 1980s. These critics seem oddly uninterested in challenging the Venezuelan socialist dictatorship that is literally strangling a once prospering and free nation.