I smell a Reichstag Fire

Venezuela’s National Intelligence Service HQ on fire

Okay, Doug’s postulates:
1. SHTF (rebellion within the intel apparatus or attack by the opposition)
2. Maduro needs an excuse to put the Russian and Cuban security forces on the front line (perhaps requesting more) and/or to eliminate the opposition.
3. Bad wiring, gas leak, or kids playing with matches

4. The compound’s emergency-power generator went *kablooey* (bad maintenance or overloaded to run water-purification unit)
5. Errant Hamas rocket
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Title ref

12 Comments!

  1. Posted March 30, 2019 at 4:21 am |

    I’m guessing it’s #3, Doug

  2. MikeAZ
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 6:57 am |

    Realizing maybe I’m “old school,” but doesn’t the presence of Russian military in Venezuela violate the Monroe Doctrine?

  3. Dave
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 9:06 am |

    From the title ref: “On February 28, 1933, the day after the fire, Hitler’s dictatorship began with the enactment of a decree “for the Protection of the People and the State,” which dispensed with all constitutional protection of political, personal, and property rights.”

    Sounds more and more like Democrats every day.

  4. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 10:40 am |

    yikes

    and I thought I was just speaking metaphorically earlier*

    well Dave @3, their actions do say that is their goal…

    There’s nothing more democratic than a lynch mob.
    – forgot who

  5. Peggy Uppiano
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 1:31 pm |

    Been waiting for this since Chavez.

  6. Veeshir
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 2:59 pm |

    You forgot Tsar Putin I looking an excuse to Come To Maduro’s Aid and ‘inadvertently’ acquire an SSR in South America.
    He is pretty medieval.
    Cuba’s a drain and pretty useless, Venezuela would be quite a nice place for him if he gets his own tsarling installed there.

  7. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 3:23 pm |

    ^ Yeah, good point.
    Reckon I kind’a crammed that into #2.
    Maduro has a Russian palace guard (sort’a);
    and a palace guard can point their weapons both ways,
    depending on whom they actually work for.
    Remember, you’re only President for life

  8. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 4:14 pm |

    Maduro tweeted that it was only a bunch of rednecks at a diesel pickup truck meeting.
    He blamed it on white privilege.

  9. rickn8or
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 4:34 pm |

    Dave, isn’t it a little late in the game for a Reichstag fire?

  10. Veeshir
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 7:13 pm |

    Meant to say, Hamas isn’t in Venezuela, but Hezbollah is.
    That’s a possibility.

  11. Dave
    Posted March 30, 2019 at 8:51 pm |

    Dave, isn’t it a little late in the game for a Reichstag fire?
    It’s never too late to let a crisis go to waste.
    Not. Ever.

  12. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted March 31, 2019 at 2:59 pm |

    Veeshir ^^
    Yeah, but rockets are kind of a Hamas thing.