Countries never recover from a socialism that is allowed to run its course, i.e., until it has squandered the capital accumulated in the prior period. Compounding this problem is that the human capital also vanishes – for sunnier (saner) climes. The gene pool is weakened as only the old, apathetic and party apparatchiks are left. Lacking capital, intellect and expertise, the country is forever ruined.
Is there a case for external action to remove such cancerous governments? I don’t believe so. If democratically elected, let socialist kleptocracies do their dirty deeds and let the resultant misery and death stand as a testimony to the failure of this death-cult. That is harsh, but previous attempts to remove socialist dictators by outside intervention have always resulted in a situation where a large number of people use the excuse that it was the intervention that led to the failure of the glorious revolution – if only they had had more time! Best to give them all the time that they want.
Venezuelans voted for the government that they have. Both Colombia and Brazil have elected more free-market orientated governments because of it.