Venezuelans Prepare for Possible US Aggression

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Venezuela is a prime US target for regime change, opposing its social democracy, wanting control of its vast oil reserves.  Ongoing color revolution tactics for months so far failed to achieve Trump’s objectives. So did earlier Bush/Cheney and Obama coup attempts.

Is sending in the marines Trump’s next option? Will he attack Venezuela militarily, maybe terror-bomb the country like in other US war theaters? Will he destroy vital infrastructure, target residential areas, massacre thousands of defenseless civilians to install pro-Western fascist rule? Venezuela can’t match America’s might. It’s determined to resist Yankee imperialism, a worldwide scourge.

Venezuela’s violent opposition is emboldened by the class support shown by the US and other Western countries.

On Saturday and Sunday, around 200,000 soldiers along with hundreds of thousands of civilian militia members are participating in military exercises. They’re part of a homeland defense plan, a civic/military initiative, announced by President Maduro on August 14 – in response to Trump threatening a possible military option against the country – continuing the warrior tradition of his predecessors, waging endless wars of aggression, raping and destroying one country after another.

America seeks imperial trophies, Venezuela a key geopolitical prize. As long as Bolivarian social justice is the law of the land, it’s threatened by neocons infesting Washington and hawkish generals wanting the hemisphere’s model democracy eliminated – a threat of a good example as long as it exists. Defense Minister Padrino Lopez said Venezuelans intend defending their country against imperial America, saying:

“We must understand the broad concept of what sovereignty is, the capacity of a state, a nation and its government to make their own decisions. This country will follow the course that Venezuelans themselves decide upon.” Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza explained all Venezuelans, “all high-ranking military personnel are to take part in these drills to prepare to protect us, our territory, our sovereignty, including by military means,” adding:

“I hope that we won’t experience (the) barbarity” of US aggression. (I)f Venezuela is attacked, rest assured that the Armed Forces of the Bolivarian Republic, the people of Venezuela, would defend their territory, their integrity, dignity, independence and sovereignty to their last breath.”

Responding to Trump’s threatened military intervention, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov condemned the possibility, calling any US action against Venezuela an unacceptable intervention in its internal affairs. Weeks earlier, Maduro denounced Washington’s interventionist policy against his country. “Stop your aggression,” he stressed. In a worst case scenario, Venezuela will “take up arms” to preserve its sovereign independence and Bolivarian social democracy – free from America’s global scourge.

Will the Trump administration dare attack Venezuela militarily? Given its rage for endless wars, anything is possible.

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3 thoughts on “Venezuelans Prepare for Possible US Aggression

  1. Stephen, while I’ve read and appreciated much of your work for years, you do Venezuela no favors with this short essay, “Venezuelans Prepare for Possible US Aggression”.

    It’s not reportage or analysis; it’s propaganda. It doesn’t deal with the “swing voter” today who’s trying to decide whether the support the Bolivarian Revolution (BR) or break ranks because there are flaws with the Vz gov’t and its policies.

    Maduro isn’t Chávez, and Chávez wasn’t perfect. Vz is a divided society. And the division isn’t neatly or fairly drawn. But it’s better to be truthful and complete when describing Vz today.

    I want to support the BR, but I want its supporters to be honest about the situation there. What must be seen is how the United States is actually undermining not only current Vzn gov’t officials, but the BR itself. There is also the US State Dept and USAID (for whom I worked for a year in Vietnam, ’66-’67, doing nasty stuff that rarely got reported or analyzed correctly, fairly). There are faux NGOs like the National Endowment for Democracy which isn’t really pro-democracy and has been quietly torpedoing the BR for almost two decades.

    Stephen, I hope you will take the time to be less rhetorical and more investigative journalistically. It does no good to white wash the failures and corruptions of many Vzn people and institutions.

    Viva the Bolivarian Revolution!

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