Washington / Caracas – The Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro would suffer the same fate as the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, US Senator Marco Rubio threatened. Rubio made the threat on social media by posting pictures of Gaddafi. While the prominent US leaders are hinting at a military option being on the table for Venezuela, a discussion on a completely different line is said to have initiated in the media and international community with Rubio’s post of Gaddafi photographs.
On Sunday morning around 9:45 am, the US’s leading Republican senator, Marco Rubio tweeted two photographs of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. One of the photos shows Gaddafi sitting with folded hands, wearing a white coat, green shirt and sunglasses. Whereas, the other shows Gaddafi with his face smeared in blood, after being beaten by the rebels. Rubio did not post any comment along with the pictures, but the tweet received 32,000 likes and 18,000 comments. Albeit, Rubio’s tweet invited much displeasure from the media as well as the international community.
Rubio is known to be an influential senator in the US Congress and a part of the committee on Venezuela policy. Before the tweet, he delivered an aggressive speech on the rising violence in Venezuela and warned that it opened up many avenues for action in the Latin American country. At the same time, he also indicated that many nations were prepared for initiating such action.
Rubio’s mysterious tweet was made against the background of the statements made by other prominent US leaders on Venezuela. In an interview on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the Venezuelan dictator saying that Maduro’s ‘days are numbered’. Pompeo added that the United States would continue maintaining pressure over Maduro until he realises it.
On Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to arrive in the Colombian capital and hold talks with Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaido. Sources have claimed that Pence is expected to make important announcements on Venezuela after the meeting.
Muammar Gaddafi, the late dictator of Libya, remained in power for four decades from 1969 to 2011. However, in the ‘Arab Spring’ uprising which started in the year 2011, the western countries overthrew the government of the Libyan dictator. The Libyan populace had then dragged Gaddafi to the streets and killed him.
The United States is hinting at Venezuelan President Maduro also sharing the same fate. Nevertheless, the countries – Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and Cuba, which are opposed to the United States have offered to back Maduro. They have warned of dire consequences if the United States interferes in Venezuela.
The developments make evident sparking of a fierce conflict likely between the United States and the countries supporting Maduro. It offers a stark possibility of Venezuela becoming the ‘Syria of Latin America’.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 24, 2019