Nicolas Maduro has been putting the Guyanese people through suspense after suspense over the last few months. First, we held our breath for months leading up to the results of the December 3 referendum in anxious anticipation of what actions Venezuela might take after that.
The referendum came and went, and despite the simmering of Maduro in tandem with his military, nothing came out of it. Strong statements from CARICOM, the United Kingdom, the United States, and, to some extent, Brazil, might have contributed to the softening of the Venezuelan temperament.
But now, the Maduro Regime is putting the Guyanese public in fresh suspense. Maduro has agreed to CARICOM brokered peace talks and will be meeting with Guyana’s President Ali in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this Thursday, December 14th, 2023.
Should the Guyanese public hold its breath in anticipation of the outcome of the meeting once again? Should we fear that, after the meeting, Maduro, not having received the outcome he might have been hoping for, would start seething in anger and rallying his “paper tiger” military once more? Or should we dismiss Nicolas Maduro’s Essequibo drama as nothing more than a clown show?
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be grabbing a few bags of popcorn as I sit down and enjoy this comedy. The Essequibo isn’t going anywhere, and neither is Venezuela. The Essequibo belongs to Guyana and that’s how it will stay for at least the next 1000 years or so.