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Not Good, Nicolas

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This is ugly.

Venezuelan special forces have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings in the past 18 months and then manipulated crime scenes to make it look as if the victims had been resisting arrest, the United Nations said on Thursday in a report detailing wide-ranging government abuses targeting political opponents.

Special Action Forces described by witnesses as “death squads” killed 5,287 people in 2018 and another 1,569 by mid-May of this year, in what are officially termed by the Venezuelan government “Operations for the Liberation of the People,” United Nations investigators reported.

Military intervention in Venezuela would be bad! But a raft of policies that presuppose that the current Venezuelan government is awful, and that in the long-term it would be good to have it replaced by just about anything else, seems quite sensible to me. “Let the Venezuelan government murder its political opponents!” certainly falls into the bucket of “Let Venezuelans govern themselves!” but it’s hardly ideal…

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