Nothing more closely resembles preparations for an armed attack than the escalation of North American and European sanctions against Venezuela.
Manuel Cabieses Donoso
Diplomatic, economic and mass media ‘artillery fire’ attempts to weaken Venezuela’s defences and thus lower the costs of a military intervention. The disgraceful chorus, the Lima Group, follows suit; a rear-guard that will be unreservedly condemned by history.
This is how North American interventions in Latin America always began; both those carried out in their own strength and those orchestrated on the sly.
It is not necessary to go back far in history to illustrate this; yet it is no casual task when undertaken by that great Latin American, the Argentinian journalist Gregorio Selser.
Chileans have experienced first-hand the methods employed by the Great Vulture from the North, in order to overthrow governments loyal to their people.
To the present day, we are suffering the effects of the conspirational, financial and mass media plot that led to the 1973 military coup and the tyranny of state terrorism, and its current legacy of anti-values in the Chilean economy, politics and culture.
The United States has not managed to break the unity between the people and the armed forces, the cornerstone of the Bolivarian process. The attempted assassination of President Nicolás Maduro and Venezuela’s civil and military leaders also ended in failure.
The United States is left with no other option than military intervention and it is making no secret of its intentions, as admitted by the US Southern Command. Its threats, which invoke the big stick diplomacy of the Monroe Doctrine, are humiliating to all of Latin America and the Caribbean.
It begs the question as to whether the successive failures of the anti-Venezuelan conspiracy are accelerating plans for armed aggression against Bolívar’s homeland. Perhaps the European Union’s current disposition to facilitate dialogue in Venezuela is nothing but a Pontius Pilate inspired gesture, on the eve of an attack.
The repeated failure of dialogue will be the ad hoc excuse, resting in the hands of an opposition that demands President Maduro’s resignation.
This situation has already played out in January of this year in the Dominican Republic. At the last minute the opposition delegation, led by Julio Borges, refused to sign the agreement negotiated with the government. This is the very same Borges who now appears to be the mastermind behind the 4th August assassination attempt.
Revisiting the contemporary history of United States military intervention in our continent shows that the pattern of war is being repeated in Venezuela.
In the recent past, the USA invaded Grenada (1983), Panama (1989) and the Dominican Republic (1965). For the latter, Washington created an Inter-American Police Force (IAPF). US marines were supported by soldiers from Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua Costa Rica and El Salvador. In Latin America’s current political landscape there will be no shortage of governments acting as hitmen, ready to participate in an IAPF against Venezuela, especially if there is an incentive.
The United States also organised invasions using mercenary forces in Guatemala (1954) and Cuba (1961). The first was successful and achieved the overthrowing of President Jacobo Árbenz.
On the other hand, the USA tasted defeat at the Bay of Pigs, and its attack strengthened the revolutionary morale of the Cuban people. To this day, Cuba is holding its ground against an embargo that is condemned by the United Nations on an annual basis.
The case of Venezuela is almost an exact replica of the preparations for the United States invasion of Iraq, or the interventions in Libya, Afghanistan and Syria.
Bloody conflicts that are still being waged today and have given rise to mass migrations across the Mediterranean, which have claimed the lives of hundreds of victims.
Meanwhile, there remains no doubt that the civic-military unity has galvanised a very strong patriotic sentiment. Even in spite of the severe economic and social difficulties that cost the Venezuelan people their independence and dignity, and the destructive work of the ‘opposition’ fifth column that is serving a foreign power.
Patriotism in defence of the right to self-determination is the coat of arms of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Potential aggressors should not underestimate the courage of a people proud of their tradition of struggle. (PL)
(Translated by Rebecca Ndhlovu – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Photos: PixHere