America loves bargains, but they sure didn't bargain for what happened in Venezuela just now. Arch tyrant, narcotics kingpin and American-hating super-villain Nicolas Maduro has just been reelected in a sham election, banana-republic style, for another six years in office.
While America is focused on domestic news, trouble is brewing to America''s south, a mere 1300 miles from Miami, about the same distance from New York City to Dallas. We're talking about Caracas of course. Ever since Chavez, Venezuela has become a nightmare not only for Jews, but for every freedom-and-justice loving human. Maduro is a tyrant in the tradition of Sadaam Hussein - he even looks like him. He and his family are the world's biggest pushers. There are Miami LLCs that are simply innocent storefronts for the import of tons of Venezuelan narcotics to the US. The US Treasury Department and the FBI are well aware of this, but the average American is not.
Venezuela's export of narcotics is bad enough. But a bigger export industry is now growing: Arab terror. Sounds like a fantasy? We all wish it were.
Hezbolla and Iran, as well as private citizens who want to escape Iraq and Syria, know just how to transplant potential terrorists from the soil of the Middle East to that of South America. Walk into your friendly Venezuelan embassy in Baghdad or in Damascus. Flash the embassy representative sufficient cash (use Euros or Dollars, not local currency that isn't worth much), provide a recent passport photo and voila! You are now the proud owner of a real Venezuelan passport.
With the fall of the Nuclear Deal with Iran, Tehran's ties with Caracas are even closer. Both suffer from terrible inflation. Both are tyrants that beat down their people. Both are sworn enemies of the USA. Now, when we add North Korea and Syria to the picture, we see a day-and-night effort to dirty South America with nuclear weapons. As such, Venezuela is ripe to becoming Iran's main proxy in America's back yard, as well as Kim Jong Un's surprise weapon for striking America's jugular at close range.
Beware, America - this is a "Buy One, Get Four" deal that you cannot live with. So why is Hashem doing all of this? Perhaps He wants you to feel in your backyard a little bit of what we feel in our backyard. Yet don't forget - while the potential threat is a mere 1300 miles from your home if you live in Miami, the actual threat is a mere 13 or 130 miles from anywhere in Israel, depending on the border that is nearest you.
I have a better "Buy One, Get Four" deal for you, and it won't cost you a thing. Take four Hebrew letters, yud-hey-vav-hey, and you get the One true G-d - Hashem! Our only hope is to cling to Him and to His Torah; that's an unbeatable deal.