Develop plan of action to help Venezuelans

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people.

Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no more than a fond memory.

Sunday, Maduro proceeded with a sham election he claims gives him approval to rewrite the country’s constitution.

He has made it clear his goal is to gain more power to crush dissent.

Then Tuesday he sent thugs to arrest two leading opponents. That may preview what lies ahead.

President Donald Trump and a few other world leaders have vowed to penalize Maduro, but how that can be done without harming the Venezuelan people is unclear.

Cutting imports of Venezuelan oil could make that country’s economy collapse. Sanctions against Maduro and his cronies is appealing, but finding their sources of income and bank accounts would be quite challenging.

Still, it is something Trump should have experts and intelligence exploring. Doing nothing while the Venezuelan people suffer should not be considered an option.