It’s obvious that we have a very nasty situation in Venezuela and that the country needs to be returned to its people to manage. As I also read the Economist, a usually reliable source of information, and the current problem has been greatly worsened by the Maduro government. That group is obviously corrupt and following in the footsteps of authoritarian regimes usually installed by the US. That is a big part of the confusion.
With an illegal and corrupt regime in Washington, noted primarily for incompetence, completely out of sync with the rapid changes happening now, it is safest to assume they have been paid off by someone if they are doing anything at all. The EU states are also under the control of the neoliberal, predatory capitalist oligarchy that has bankrupted people everywhere.
With failing and disreputable states all siding against Maduro, people, who are aware and counting on the collapse of those states, are hard pressed to support what they are saying. That is a very large problem.
This is not, I think, an old fashioned, 20th century ‘right’ versus ‘left’ situation. All states are ‘socialist’ states and have been for a long time to simply meet the needs of their populations. The problems are ones of corruption and authoritarian power for greed. You cannot safely count on corrupt and authoritarian states to remove corruption from somewhere else. If they do it will be to install their own version of corrupt power there.
It appears that there are legitimate reasons to see Juan Guaidó as legal in the context of a corrupt election. New, international managed elections need to be held, I would think, although the popularly elected Asamblea Nacional should do this under the constitution but that doesn’t seem to be happening.
This looks to be an international pissing contest with the people of Venezuela on the receiving end. The big players don’t care about the people except as propaganda pieces. And I don’t think claiming old 20th century sides in this is helping at all. The Bolivarian Revolution was one of the best things that ever happened in the Americas. It needs to be saved and returned to the people of Venezuela but there is no one to do that now.