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2019-01-26 16:10:33

Mobilize and defend Venezuela

by Andre Vltchek on Off Guardian

It is new and it is not new, but it is tremendously wicked and deadly – the latest type of coup the US invented and is now applying against Venezuela.

Of course, coups and attempted coups are what could be described as the "West's specialties", and have been utilized by the U.S., U.K. and other imperialist countries against innumerable unfortunate nations on all continents.

In Latin America, basically each and every country has suffered from them, from the Dominican Republic to Chile and Argentina; in Asia, from Indonesia to Thailand, and in the Middle East from Iran to Egypt and Syria. Whenever people of some country dared to vote in the socialists, Communists, anti-colonialists or simply some decent bunch of people who were determined to serve their own population, the West corrupted and deployed local elites and military, overthrew elected or revolutionary governments and installed brutal servile regimes. Thousands died, sometimes millions, but the Empire couldn't care less; as long as it got its way.

There has been a clear pattern to how the West constructed its terror acts against almost all truly freedom-loving nations.

But what the West is now doing to Venezuela is something else, and totally extreme; the hostile acts against President Maduro and his comrades are stripped of all the scruples and cosmetic "refinements" of the past. They supposed to demonstrate in the cruelest terms who the real ruler of the world is, and who is "in charge". This is "Western democracy at its best"!

In the past, the US tried to overthrow Chavez, it attempted to starve Venezuela, to make its medical system collapse, then to assassinate Maduro. It produced a "deficit" of food, even toilet paper. It ordered its lapdogs in Latin America to antagonize the Bolivarian revolution.

Now, in the latest development, the regime in Washington has simply hand-picked its favorite traitor inside the socialist republic of Venezuela – a treasonous cadre named Juan Guaido, (who served, briefly, as President of the National Assembly of Venezuela), "recognizing him" as the "interim President of the country".

Of course, before Guaido first declared himself, pompously, President of Venezuela, he was almost immediately put into his place by the Venezuela's Supreme Court, which disavowed him as the chief of the National Assembly. So, let us call him former chief.

But the Western mass media propaganda campaign kicked into top gear, and overnight became utterly unscrupulous. As a result, it is now becoming almost impossible to read any information about the Supreme Court ruling, unless one goes to non-Western sources.

So, let's go "there". As reported by Iranian Tasnim, on January 22, 2019:

Venezuela's Supreme Court head Maikel Moreno announced on Monday that the judges had disavowed Juan Guaido as the chief of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

And the RT, just one day earlier:

Venezuela's Supreme Court has declared all acts of the country's National Assembly null and void, days after the opposition-held assembly declared President Nicolas Maduro's election illegitimate.

Also, the Venezuelan foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, snapped at Guaido on 21stJanuary, 2019:

You see this man, who nobody knows in Venezuela—you ask in the streets, "Who is Juan Guaidó?" and nobody knows him—but he's being pushed to say that he is the new president, by the U.S.

And he did say that! On the 23rd of January 2019, in front of his mob of supporters in Caracas.

And then, a day later, President Trump "recognized him" as the country's interim president. Canada did the same. The same did France, now a second-rate but increasingly rejuvenated imperialist and neo-colonialist power. Followed by that U.S. puppet – the Organization of American States (OAS), with such fascist countries on board, like Brazil, and Colombia now leading the pack.

Today, the world is clearly divided, as China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Syria, South Africa, Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay and many others are firmly on the side of the legitimate revolutionary government of President Maduro.

Confrontation is inevitable.

Venezuela ordered all US diplomats to leave and it cut off all diplomatic ties with Washington. US refused to make its embassy staff depart from Caracas, declaring that the Venezuelan government is "illegitimate".

This amounts to a declaration of war. The US refuses to recognize the sovereignty of Venezuela. It reserves the right to tell the Venezuelan people who their real president is! It only recognizes its own, supreme control over the hemisphere and the Planet, showing spite for international law.

It is childish, arrogant, outrageous, and surreal. But it is really happening. And unless it is stopped, right there, in Caracas, this new form of "spreading coups", and enforcing global dictatorship, may spread to all other parts of the world.

Although there are many "new elements" at play, the situation, to a great extent, resembles the "Syrian scenario", as was conveyed to TASS, on January 24, 2019, by Venezuela's Ambassador to Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa:

The Venezuelan authorities know that the US is trying to stage a Syrian scenario with "government in exile" in Caracas… After US Vice President Michael Pence called for overthrowing our government, our president decided to sever diplomatic relations with the US authorities and asked US diplomats to leave Caracas in the next 72 hours. This is an adequate response which our brave president provided to flagrant interference… No country can allow any other country to state their opinions about the internal affairs of the state, especially when it comes to calls for overthrowing (the authorities).

We know what the next steps will be. The US will now have a justification [for their actions] that there are two governments in the country, like they did in our fraternal Syria with President Bashar Assad and its people. They created a government in exile, which led to great losses, to casualties, to demolition of the country's infrastructure.

Will Caracas ask Moscow directly for help, as Syria did years ago, while fighting for its survival? It is not certain, yet, although this possibility certainly exists. Venezuela is counting on increasing support from Russia, Iran, China, Cuba and other socialist or independent countries.

For Venezuela, the only way to survive, is to cut off all its dependency on the West, immediately. Washington is threatening Caracas with further sanctions and even with an oil embargo.

There is no reason to panic. But Maduro's government has to rapidly and fully realign itself. There are many countries outside the NATO realm which are willing to buy Venezuelan oil, and/or fairly invest in its infrastructure and industry. Russia, Iran, China and Turkey are the most important ones, but there are many others.

There has to be new strategy on how to alleviate the pain of the ordinary Venezuelans. This, too, has to come from "outside the Western sphere of control", even outside Latin America; a continent known for its brutal European-descendent elites, consistent lack of solidarity, courage, and acceptance of the West's rule (the greatest modern-day hero of South America, Hugo Chavez, died attempting to build an united, proud, socialist Latin America, just to be stabbed in his back and spat at by many of the servile Latin American nations. Cuba was fully abandoned after the destruction of the Soviet Union, and had to be saved by China).

The country has to mobilize; it has to fight. Fight for its survival. With all its allies united, ready to defend Venezuela, the same as it has been happening in Syria.

Venezuela suffers and struggles for humanity, not just for itself. With the name of Chavez and socialism on its lips.

Russia is standing by its ally, Venezuela. On 24 January, 2019, Sputnik reported:

Russia warns the United States against military interference in Venezuela's affairs, it would be a disaster, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday:

As we see how the situation in Venezuela develops, we note the willingness of a certain group of countries, including the United States, to use different platforms such as the Organization of American States, to increase pressure on our ally Venezuela under different pretexts… But we have always supported and will support friendly Venezuela that is our strategic partner.

From the country devastated by a similar destabilization campaign as the one that is taking place in Venezuela, the Syrian official press agency SANA carried a message of support for the legitimate Venezuelan government:

The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in strongest terms going to extremes by the US and its blatant interference in the affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela which constitutes a flagrant violation of all international norms and laws and a brazen attack against the Venezuelan sovereignty," a source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Thursday.

The source added that the destructive policies adopted by the US in different parts of the world and its disregard of the international legitimacy represents the main reason behind the tensions and the state of instability in our world…

The Syrian Arab Republic affirms its categorical rejection of the blatant US interferences, and it renews full solidarity with the Venezuelan leadership and people in preserving the sovereignty of the country and foiling the hostile schemes of the US administration…

In the past, countries accepted the Western terror unleashed against them as something inevitable. But now, the situation is changing. Russia, Cuba and Syria, Iran and China, and now Venezuela, are refusing to surrender, or even to "negotiate with the terrorists".

Aleppo, which I described as "the Middle Eastern Stalingrad", stood tall, fought, resisted and defeated vicious enemies. Now Caracas, the Latin American Leningrad, is under siege, starving, but determined to fight against foreign invasion and treasonous cadres.

All over the world, people have to mobilize and fight, by all means, against fascism and for Venezuela!

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  • 9 comments
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    Antonym 28 Jan 2019 | 4:47 am

    To be clear, the US Deep State's "Venezuela project" started long before Trump: On December 20, 2011, Chávez called Obama "A clown, an embarrassment, and a shame to Black People" – a coconut in local parlance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States%E2%80%93Venezuela_relations#Presidency_of_Barack_Obama

    mark 28 Jan 2019 | 12:04 am

    Things have changed over the past few years.
    Global capitalism has become ever more reckless in the face of its multiplying failures and imminent collapse.
    Without viewing the past in any way through rose tinted spectacles, things were a little different previously.

    What has changed is that the globalist and corporatist elite have thrown caution to the winds and ratcheted up confrontations with an ever expanding group of nations, Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, Syria, Venezuela and others. It is only a matter of time before this ignites into actual military conflict on an unimaginable scale. It is surprising this has not occurred already.

    The predatory and parasitic nature of US aggression and western imperialism have remained constant over the years.
    What has changed is the abysmal quality of western leadership, the worst in its history, the debilitating effects of their dysfunctional political systems, and the extremely crude, crass, blatant, and often infantile nature of their behaviour and language. The paper thin veneer of legality and civilised standards has been discarded. The mask has been cast aside. The crudity of the propaganda is ever more apparent, The false flags and mendacity are ever more transparent. There is a standard playbook of economic strangulation, sanctions, propaganda vilification, terrorism, subversion and military aggression, which has now failed on multiple occasions whenever it has been tried, at enormous cost to its proponents.

    Of course, In a material sense this is nothing new.
    Vietnam in the past, the Middle East today.
    Chile in the past, Venezuela today.

    But the desperation is new. The shredding of civil liberties, the ubiquitous mass surveillance, the distinctly third rate propaganda, the censorship, the crude and blatant gutter language of street thugs (and this is not a Trump monopoly.)
    All this is a sign of weakness and desperation, not strength.

    "They gotta pay! They gotta pay! They gotta pay us!!" croaks Trump, like a two bit Mafia hood. "Grab the oil! Grab the oil! Grab the oil!!"

    "We're going to whack the son of a bitch in the street!" Pompeo and assorted other "statesmen" and luminaries of the political elite, soliciting the murder of Assange/ Snowden and others.

    They are going down. But they are not going down without a fight, and millions are going to die. That is the price we will have to pay to get rid of them.

    mark 27 Jan 2019 | 11:23 pm

    In reply to jag37777.

    Any election that produces a result Washington doesn't like is "rigged" and "illegitimate."
    If election monitoring organisations and Jimmy Carter assess them as free and fair, with 6 million voting for Maduro, that is obviously totally irrelevant and doesn't matter. They were probably all Russian bots anyway.

    mark 27 Jan 2019 | 11:18 pm

    In reply to Jen.

    If foreign tanks and foreign subversion are the answer to economic mismanagement, maybe we should all get ready to welcome the Russian tanks (or anybody else's tanks) rolling in.

    mark 27 Jan 2019 | 11:15 pm

    In reply to Frankly Speaking.

    Yes, let's get your Washington puppet in to loot the country for Wall Street instead.
    Grab the oil! Grab the oil! Grab the oil!

    jag37777 27 Jan 2019 | 11:06 pm

    In reply to Frankly Speaking.

    PATHETIC.

    jag37777 27 Jan 2019 | 11:05 pm

    In reply to vexarb.

    Once again, the Saker proves his economic illiteracy. I smell a rat at that site.

    jag37777 27 Jan 2019 | 11:01 pm

    In reply to Frankly Speaking.

    If you have evidence of corruption on Maduro's part now is the time to produce it. Else be confirmed and treated as the concern troll that you've been till now.

    Jen 27 Jan 2019 | 9:28 pm

    In reply to Frankly Speaking.

    If you were to read the RT.com article carefully, you would have found that Nicolas Maduro has set conditions for the US to meet during the delay in expelling US diplomats. The conditions include establishing a "US interests office" that deals mainly with immigration issues within a 30-day period and allowing Venezuela to establish an equivalent office in Washington, presumably to deal with similar issues. If the US does not agree, then the expulsion of diplomats resumes. What Venezuela is doing is what Cuba did decades ago before 2015.

    There is nothing in the RT.com article that suggests that the Maduro government has given up or that the coup attempt against him is succeeding. As far as is known, the armed forces in Venezuela have pledged loyalty to Maduro, no-one is coming out into the streets (apart from the usual pro-opposition supporters) to call for Maduro's resignation and downfall, and self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has gone into hiding.

    Most of Venezuela's economic problems can be sheeted home to US sanctions against the country and the fall in oil prices in 2017 created by Saudi Arabia flooding the market with oil (at the behest of the US, in order to crash the Russian economy, and with it, Venezuela). Food hoarding by food manufacturers and importers like Empresas Polar SA, Venezuela's largest food and beverage company, owned by billionaire Lorenzo Mendoza, has been another major issue.

    "Venezuela: Maduro creates 'socialist enterprise system', collectives protest food giant's hoarding"
    https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-maduro-creates-socialist-enterprise-system-collectives-protest-food-giants

    In those parts of Venezuela bordering Colombia, companies have been selling food (much of it subsidised by the Venezuelan government) to Colombian companies for profit, which then resell the food to Venezuelans living near Colombia – for profit.

    "Blaming Socialism, US Media Distorts Venezuela's Food Crisis"
    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Blaming-Socialism-US-Media-Distorts-Venezuelas-Food-Crisis-20170223-0053.html

    Also, since when does mismanaging the economy and being corrupt justify foreign intervention with intent to change government, over the heads of the people who elected that government? On that logic, perhaps the US should have sacked the government of Israel ages ago – because its current prime minister and his wife are actually facing charges of bribery and fraud.

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