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BETRAYAL OF THE KURDS?

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There has been much discussion recently about the need for the President to be able to communicate directly and privately with the heads of state of foreign governments. The reason generally given is to allow the President develop personal relationships and possibly prevent catastrophic conflicts. It is the ultimate power.

However, the downside of such direct contact is that a President can be persuaded to take unilateral decisions that are beneficial to our adversaries if the unintended consequences not carefully thought through. This seems to be the case on Sunday when President Trump in a telephone call with Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, committed to draw down the American forces new serving in the autonomous Kurdish enclave in Northern Syria.

The absence of US troops in the buffer zone along the Turkish border opens the way for Turkey to use its vastly superior military power to take control of this area. Presumably the area will be eventually taken over by the Al-Assad regime and in this process the residents would be subjected to same devastation as he has inflicted his opponents, resulting in some half-million deaths and two million refugees.

The Kurds have been essential in the fight against Isis, and will continue to fight for their own independence. The presence of American and allied forces in the area have been the principal deterrent against Turkish and Al-Assad’s conquering of this last area. We hope that President Trump will again recast his decision to prevent this catastrophe from occurring. The betrayal of the trust built over the past decade could have lasting adverse effects.

Byron K. Varme
Executive Director

WE ALSO STAND BEHIND HONG KONG

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China which is being celebrated in Beijing with their usual grandiose parade of troops and weapons. The celebration is different in Hong Kong where the parades are composed of angry youths who, with their adult supporters, are continuing to protest the dilution of the freedoms promised in the 1984 agreement with the United Kingdom that ceded the colony to China. One of the personal objectives of Chinese President Xi Jinping is to fully reunite Hong Kong and Taiwan which he considers are an integral part of China. The majority of Hong Kong and Taiwan citizens strongly disagree. They prize their freedoms and have no desire to live under the autocratic rule of Beijing. Read More

D-Day + 75 Remembrance

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Standing beside the rows of white crosses in the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach was an unforgettable experience. The crosses mark the final resting place of some 9,000 men who gave their lives during the invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. The sheer size of the fields is awesome, and is a welcome reminder that the efforts of the Allied nations participating in the invasion are still appreciated. Read More

Aurora Serves Again?

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On January 23rd the United States recognized Juan Guaido as the legitimate President of Venezuela, a decision quickly followed by over eighty other countries. It immediately became apparent that Nicolas Maduro, the former president, would do anything to maintain his tyrannical control of the country.

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VENEZUELA – SYRIA DÉJÀ VU?

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The continuing blockage of Colombian borders to prevent humanitarian relief supplies from entering Venezuela is further evidence that that Nicolas Maduro has no intention to resign the presidency of Venezuela. Pursuant to the Venezuelan constitution, Juan Guaido became the legitimate president on January 23, 2019 as quickly recognized by the US, Canada, all of the major countries of South America and more than forty others.  The constitution also provided that new elections be held within thirty days but due to Maduro’s refusal to step down, elections have been postponed.  A major public rally is scheduled tomorrow in an attempt to allow foreign aid to enter the country.

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MADURO WILL NOT RESIGN

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February 7, 2019

The recent blockage the bridge at the Colombian border to prevent humanitarian relief supplies from entering Venezuela is further evidence that that Nicholas Maduro has no intention to resign the presidency of Venezuela. Pursuant to the Venezuelan constitution, Juan Guaido has become the legitimate president as recognized by the US, Canada, all of the major countries of South America and many others.

The Venezuelan military is still largely controlled by Maduro, and they are being deployed to intimidate supporters of Juan Guaido.

In a yet unconfirmed report noted by The Economist[1], the Russians recently sent 400 para-military personnel to Venezuela.. The mission of this goon squad is to protect Maduro from enemies within, which is now performed by Cuban security specialists. These are all classic moves from the “Dictator’s Playbook” as used by Russia, Turkey Cuba, Syria and others. With their support Madoro is copying the survival plan used by Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.

To counter these actions, we suggest that Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, together with the US and Canada, immediately dispatch appropriate naval ships, such as amphibious support vessels, to operate offshore Venezuela. The mere presence of these vessels would give strong incentives for Venezuelan military personnel to abandon Maduro and pledge support to the new Guido government.

The operation of any vessel in international waters is often done to confirm freedom of the seas. It is not an act of war, but it would confirm the Allies capability to do so. This proposed deployment should be implemented as soon as possible.

Byron K. Varme
Executive Director

VENEZUELA INTERVENTION

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January 29, 2019

The Trump administration should be commended for taking action to end of the appalling dictatorship of Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela. On January 12th Vice President Mike Pence announced that the US was recognizing the interim government of Juan Guaido, the leader of the Venezuelan Parliament, as the legitimate government of the country. Removal of a president as a result of a flawed election is a provision in the Venezuelan constitution.

Through careful advance work by the US foreign affairs team, Canada and almost all of the countries of South American (excepting Bolivia and Uruguay) recognized the new government shortly after the United States. Of course, Nicholas Maduro disputed the legitimacy of the interim government, and the effort to remove Maduro was also condemned by Russia, Turkey, Iran, China and Cuba. The condemnation by this Club of Dictators provides the strongest possible endorsement of the validity of the new government.

At this time, Maduro still has the support of the leadership of Venezuela’s military whom have greatly profited from his regime. Whether this support extends down the ranks is in doubt. Also, he has a palace guard of security professionals provided by Cuba, indicating a distrust of his own countrymen for this assignment.  However, with the prestige of the United States on the line, and with the support of most of the Free World, it is unlikely that the Trump administration will allow him remain in power even if it eventually involves military intervention.

We hope this action will soon lift the yoke of oppression from the long-suffering Venezuelan people.

Byron K. Varme
Executive Director

2019 BLOG 1 Immigration

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I strongly believe that as a sovereign nation the US should have full control over who can enter the country. This implies that border areas that are not legal entry points should have various forms of barriers with signs denoting the border and drones to detect violators. The structure and locations of these barriers, including some concrete walls, should be determined by experts in ICE who have the responsibility to bar illegal entry. It is not be necessary to construct a new Great Wall of China to accomplish this legitimate objective.

Byron K. Varme
Executive Director