Amid Border Dispute, Maduro Pins Venezuela’s Ills on Colombia

Amid Border Dispute, Maduro Pins Venezuela’s Ills on Colombia
Colombian police help carry people's household belongings across the Tachira River on the border that separates San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela from Villa del Rosario, Colombia, Aug. 25, 2015 (AP photo by Eliecer Mantilla).

When three Venezuelan soldiers and one civilian were injured during anti-smuggling operations on the border with Colombia last week, Venezuela’s embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, launched an escalating series of measures that created a major crisis with its neighbor and raised questions about hidden political movies.

By all appearances, Maduro has found a convenient scapegoat for the multiplying problems besetting Venezuela’s economy and its people, and has done so just in time to affect crucial legislative elections in December that could threaten his hold on power.

Maduro is exploiting the situation to shift blame for the country’s deterioration under his watch. What is unclear is just how far he will carry this new strategy.

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