Anti-government protests in Venezuela are now in their third month, with nearly 70 people killed and 1,300 injured. Barely a day goes by without new scenes of flaming street anarchy or some horrific act of state violence. Venezuela is coming unglued. Syria is the most recent and most alarming example of a country where a standoff between peaceful protesters and the government devolved into a full-blown shooting war. Could Venezuela be headed down a similar path? Both sides in Venezuela’s conflict often warn of “civil war,” but they’ve used it mostly as a rhetorical tactic. President Nicolás Maduro justifies his crackdown on protesters with claims that he’s trying to save Venezuela from “terrorists” who want to instigate an armed confrontation. His opponents say the government’s intransigence… Next »
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