This article was originally published in MintPress News.Recognizing the senator’s long-standing support for economic warfare on the Global South via unilateral coercive measures, or sanctions, Rubinstein jumped at the chance to confront Cruz.
“Senator, can you tell me how you feel about the sanctions on Venezuela that have killed 40,000 people?” he asked. But Cruz refused to address the question, telling Rubinstein that “it’s good to see you.”
“How many more deaths are you willing to justify?” Rubinstein continued to press.
Deflecting again, Cruz responded that “it’s interesting you’re defending [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro and socialists.”
Asked about the deaths of children due to U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, Cruz red-baited again, accusing Rubinstein of defending communism.
— Ben Rubinstein 🇵🇸 (@BlekingBen) August 21, 2021
It was clear that the senator had no actual defense of the murderous policies for which he has advocated; he didn’t even bother to defend them, opting instead to echo a predecessor of his: Senator Joseph McCarthy.
While confronting Cruz, Rubinstein wasn’t just making up numbers. His figure that 40,000 people have died from U.S. sanctions on Venezuela comes from a 2019 study by the economics think tank Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), which found that “sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017 to 2018; and that these sanctions would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the U.S. is a signatory.”
The sanctions “are also illegal under international law and treaties that the U.S. has signed, and would appear to violate U.S. law as well,” the study continues.
Hitting the ground running for imperialism
Ted Cruz was sworn into the Senate in January 2013 and a little more than a year later was already promoting a hawkish stance against Venezuela and other State Department-designated enemies via economic warfare.
One press release from his office from February 2014, featuring video of him on the Senate floor attacking the Venezuelan government was entitled, “To Save Venezuela, Sanction Iran, and Starve the Castros.”
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