'A continual nightmare': A year after capture, Utahn still in Venezuelan prison

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  • HSTucker Holladay, UT
    July 1, 2017 3:31 p.m.

    If it's true that cash is the only thing that will work, then the question must be raised, why did Obama do nothing? Clearly, he was willing to pay off foreign governments with pallets stacked with cash. The same questions can be asked of the Otto Warmbier case.

    I suspect it's a lot more complex than that.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 1, 2017 2:37 p.m.

    @BobbyPaluga:
    "The leader is a bus driver knowing nothing about politics or economics, productive land, owned by families who farmed and ranched the land for 100+ years was taken and divided up among city dwellers who had no clue about growing food or raising cattle, the people are starving. The same thing was done to factories now the country has nothing to trade and high unemployment. All that chaos makes getting this man out ASAP, Right NOW! Important, Join me in writing to the Venezuelan Embassy in Wash D.C. respectfully requesting this man's release."

    Yeah- and our leader is an unqualified, immature tweeter. Writing to the embassy does no good, in fact it worsens the situation. Want to get Josh out of prison? Stop posting inflammatory stuff on the internet (Josh's mom) and raise 2 million dollars to "donate" to the Venezuelan government. Your local wards should have no problem-right? Lots of cash is the only thing that will get Josh out.

  • BobbyPaluga Austin, TX
    July 1, 2017 10:54 a.m.

    Impractical - Please give us a clue as to how your comment can be considered relevant. What he did may have been careless or even foolish but making such a comment doesn't help in the least. He is in their prison, it's done he can't UN-fly to Venezuela., You merely fed your ego, as having a superior mind with platinum judgement, while rubbing salt into the emotional wounds faced by people who love this man.
    I read the South American news on the BBC site daily to try and understand how this prosperous nation destroyed itself from within by "spreading the wealth". The leader is a bus driver knowing nothing about politics or economics, productive land, owned by families who farmed and ranched the land for 100+ years was taken and divided up among city dwellers who had no clue about growing food or raising cattle, the people are starving. The same thing was done to factories now the country has nothing to trade and high unemployment. All that chaos makes getting this man out ASAP, Right NOW! Important, Join me in writing to the Venezuelan Embassy in Wash D.C. respectfully requesting this man's release.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 1, 2017 10:17 a.m.

    I know a lot about Venezuela. I worked for a major oil company and traveled there many times in the 80's and the early 90's. Oil companies and the earlier Venezuela government, Caldera, Perez, Lusinchi were very friendly to the US and the Bush family. They all made huge profits while the average citizen scraped by. Hugo Chaffetz was elected by the ever growing poor masses that railed against government corruption and US greed. Chaffetz nationalized (confiscated) oil refineries and the US government didn't like it. Overnight, Venezuela became very hostile to Americans. The more the US government did to sanction Chaffetz, the more he did to harm American interests. Maduro follows the same script. Oil company execs had stopped traveling to Venezuela 12 years ago for fear of kidnapping or imprisonment. Josh was foolish for chasing a Venezuelan girl over the internet and then disregarding the danger by going there. It's unfortunate, but he did this by himself. Just like American tourists that travel to N. Korea. Not smart.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    July 1, 2017 9:36 a.m.

    I meant Venezuela but have had Peru on my mind lately with a missionary going there. Impartial 7, tell us about your experience with Venezuela and how you know such a great deal.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    July 1, 2017 9:15 a.m.

    Seriously, I am intrigued by the knowledge of Impartial 7 that he would know so much about Peru. It would be interesting to have more detail.

    My hope is that Josh and my friend, David Sneddon would be returned to their homes and the sooner the better.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 1, 2017 8:35 a.m.

    Josh was foolish. Venezuela has been off and on the US travel warning as a very dangerous place for Americans. Plus, the overwhelming Catholic society doesn't take kindly to American mormons marrying locals. Josh's mom inflamed the situation by using social media to denigrate Josh's captors. Not smart.