What Happened to Venezuela?

Written by Ralph E. Shaffer

Monday, 2 December 2019

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Is this what happened to Venezuela?

Caracas, Venezuela. Woof Blister reporting for Spoof International News - SIN. Last spring and summer, the likelihood of a successful revolution here in Venezuela was so great that even supporters of the Maduro government were preparing to leave the country rather than face the bloodbath that would follow the inauguration of the dissident far right leader. But, as Christmas approaches, the would-be revolution has aborted, the opposition leader is nowhere to be seen, and the anticipated US invasion never occurred. What happened to Venezuela?

Rather than ask that question of the local population, I placed calls to Christmas shoppers in the US, and asked each one the same question: What happened to Venezuela? The answers give some indication of how informed Americans are of events in South America.

From the Mall of America, in Minnesota, came this confused response: "You mean Fernando Venezuela, don't you? The greatest pitcher the Dodgers ever had. I think he retired, then pitched in the Mexican League."

At a Walmart store in Dallas, Texas: "The Venice Whalers, is that who you are asking about? The anti-whaling laws drove them out of business."

And from Bergdorf's, on Fifth Avenue in New York City: "You want to know what happened to that Latin singer, Vinnie Suella? I don't know."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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