by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog
Venezuela in the limelight, on practically all the written, audio and visual mainstream media, as well as alternative media. A purposeful constant drip of outright lies and half-truths, “fake news”, as well as misleading information of all shades and hues about Venezuela is drumming our brains, slowly bending our minds towards believing that – yes, the US has a vital interest in meddling in Venezuela and bringing about “regime change”, because of primarily, the huge reserves of oil, but also of gold, coltan and other rare minerals; and, finally, simply because Washington needs full control of its “backyard”. – BUT, and yes, there is a huge BUT, as even some of the respected progressive alternative media pretend to know: Amidst all that recognition of the AngloZionist empire’s evil hands in Venezuela, their ‘but’ claims that Venezuela, specifically Presidents Chavez and now Maduro, are not blameless in their ‘economic chaos’. This distorts already the entire picture and serves the empire and all those who are hesitant because they have no clue, whom to support in this antagonistic US attempt for regime change.
For example, one alternative news article starts, “It is true that some of Venezuela’s economic problems are due to the ineptitudes of the Bolivarian government’s “socialist command” economy, but this overlooks the role played by the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union….”. Bingo, with such a low-blow beginning, the uninformed reader is already primed to ‘discount’ much of the interference by Washington and its minions. Some of the-so-called progressive writers have already been brain-smeared, by calling Nicolás Maduro a “dictator”, when in fact, there is hardly any country farther away from a dictatorship than Venezuela.
In the last 20 years and since Comandante Hugo Chavez Frias was first elected in 1998 and came to power in 1999, Venezuela had another 25 fully democratic elections, of which 6 took place in the last year and a half. They were all largely observed by the US based Carter Institute, the Latin American CELAC, some were even watched by the European Union (EU), the very vassal states that are now siding with Washington in calling President Maduro an illegitimate dictator – and instead, they side with and support the real illegitimate, never elected, US trained and appointed, Juan Guaidó. Former President Carter once said, of all the elections he and his Institute observed, the ones in Venezuela were by far the most transparent and democratic ones. By September 2017, the Carter Center had observed 104 elections in 39 countries.
Despite this evidence, Washington-paid and corrupted AngloZionist MSM are screaming and spreading lies, ‘election fraud’; and Nicolás Maduro is illegal, a dictator, oppressing his people, depriving them of food and medication, sowing famine – he has to go. Such lies are repeated at nauseatum. In a world flooded by pyramid-dollars (fake money), the presstitute media have no money problem. Dollars, the funding source for the massive lie-propaganda, are just printed as debt, never to be repaid again. So, why worry? The same Zionists who control the media also control the western money machines, i.e. the FED, Wall Street, the BIS (Bank for International Settlement, the so-called Central bank of central banks), the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the banks of London. The western public, armchair warriors, all the way to caviar socialists, believe these lies. That’s how our unqualified brains apparently work.
A recent independent poll found that 86% of all Venezuelans, including from the opposition, want no interference by the US and her puppet allies, but want to remain a sovereign state, deciding themselves on how to resolve their internal problem – economics and otherwise.
Let me tell you something, if Mr. Maduro would be a dictator – and all the diabolical adjectives that he is smeared with were to apply, he would have long ago stopped the western propaganda machine, which is the western controlled media in Venezuela; they control 90% of the news in Venezuela. But he didn’t and doesn’t, because he believes in freedom of speech and freedom of the ‘media’ – even if the “media” are really nothing more than abject western lie-machines presstitute. Mr. Maduro is generous enough not to close them down – which any dictator – of which there are now many in Latin America (take a pick: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guatemala, Honduras….) would have done long ago.
From the very beginning, when Hugo Chavez was first elected in 1998, Washington attempted to topple him to bring about “régime change”. The first real coup attempt took place on 11 April 2002. Under full command by Washington, Chavez was ousted for less than 2 days, when an on-swell of people and the vast majority of the military requested his reinstatement. Chavez was brought back from his island seclusion and, thus, the directly Washington-led coup d’état was defeated (“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”). But the pressure mounted with economic sanctions becoming ever bolder and, in the case of Venezuela, they had severe economic and humanitarian impacts because Venezuela imports close to 90% of her food and medication – still today – and most of it from the US.
Both Chavez and Maduro had very little leeway of doing differently what they have already done. Sanctions, boycotts, outside money manipulations, driving inflation to astronomical levels and constant smear propaganda, these predicaments are biting hard. The US has a firm grip on Venezuela’s dollar dependency.
Last week, Washington confiscated about US$ 23 billion Venezuela’s reserve money in US banks, blocked them from use by the legitimate Maduro government, and, instead, handed them to their US-appointed, puppet, never elected, “president”, Juan Guaidó. – He is now able to use Venezuela’s money in his US-EU-and Lima-Group supported “shadow” government. Will he dare? – I don’t think so. However, he has already invited US petro, companies to come to Venezuela and invest in and take over the petrol industry. Of course, it will not happen, as President Maduro stays in power, firmly backed by the military.
All of this sounds like a bad joke. Did you ever heard of Juan Guaidó, before the US and her European vassals almost unanimously and obediently aped Washington in supporting him?
Likewise, the Bank of England withheld 1.2 billion dollars’ worth of Venezuelan reserve gold, refusing to respond to the Maduro Government’s request to return the gold to Caracas. Both cases represent an extreme breach of confidence. Up to now, it was ethically, commercially and financially unthinkable that reserve money and gold deposited in foreign banks would not be safe from hooligan theft – because that’s what it is, what the US is doing, stealing other countries money that was deposited in good fate in their banks.
In a recent interview with RT, President Maduro, said there was absolutely no need for “humanitarian aid”, as the UN suggested, prompted by the US. This so-called humanitarian aid has everywhere in the world only served to infiltrate ‘foreign and destabilizing’ elements into countries, just look at Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, to name just a few. While the US$ 23 billion blocked in New York banks could have supplied Venezuela with 20 years-worth of medication for the Venezuelan people, Maduro asserted, Venezuela has enough liquidity to feed and medicate her people.
However, what this latest Trump plunder (the money and gold confiscation) does, is hammering one more nail in the western monetary system’s suicide coffin. It sends an ever-clearer signal to the rest of the world, to those that haven’t noticed yet, the AngloZionist empire cannot – I repeat – CANNOT – be trusted. Ever. And the European Union is intrinsically and “vassalically” linked to the Washington rogue state – not to be trusted either. There is virtually no circumstance under which a countries’ assets in western foreign lands – as bank deposits, or foreign investments – are safe. It will prompt a move away from the dollar system, away from the western (also entirely privately-owned) SWFT international transfer system by which sanctions can be enacted.
Indeed, the Russia and China and much of the SCO (Shanghai Organization Cooperation) members are no longer dealing in US dollars but in their own currencies. We are talking about half the world’s population broke free from the dollar hegemony. Europe has started a half-assed attempt to circumvent the dollar and SWIFT system for dealing with Iran. Europe’s special purpose vehicle, or SPV, is called INSTEX — short for Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges. It is a project of Germany, France and the UK, suspiciously chaired by the latter, to be endorsed by all 28 EU members.
It aims in a first instance at shipping “humanitarian aid” to Iran. Similarly, to Venezuela, Iran’s foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, after learning about the details, considered the conditions of INSTEX as insulting and rejected any dealings with Europe under this system. Iran, he said, does not need “humanitarian aid”, not from Europe, not from anybody. In the meantime, what was to be expected, has already happened. The Trump Administration issued a stern warning of “sanctions” to the EU, if they would attempt to deal with Iran outside of the dollar system. Europe is likely caving in, as they always do.
Back in Venezuela, the NED (National Endowment for Democracy), the extended arm of the CIA, has for the last two decades trained funded and infiltrated ‘traitor’ agents into Venezuela, with the goal to assist the opposition to foment unrest, to carry out assassinations and other ‘false flags’, and to simply create chaos and unrest. However, some of these agents are also lodged in Venezuela’s financial institutions, as the Fifth Column, where they sabotage – often with threats – any economic policies that could rescue Venezuela from its economic predicament.
In June 2017, I was privileged to be a member of an economic advisory team to Mr. Maduro. During three days of intense discussions with government, a number of potential short- medium and long-term solutions emerged. They were well received by Mr. Maduro and his economic team. What became of these recommendations? – Well, maybe there are strong foreign-directed forces at play to prevent their implementation.
Clearly, any accusation that the Maduro Government may bear the blame for some of the economic chaos, have to be vigorously rejected. Mr. Maduro has very little space to maneuver the economy other than what he is already doing. His actions are severely limited by the ever-stronger squeeze by western claws.
With or without Venezuela’s new crypto currency, the oil-based Petro, the Venezuelan economy, including a major proportion of her imports, is strongly linked to the US dollar. With military threats and sanctions left and right, there is little that the Government can do in the immediate future to become autonomous. Yes, Russia and especially China will most likely help with balance of payment support loans, with investments in the oil industry to ease Venezuela’s US-dollar debt burden and vamp up oil production; and in the medium and longer run they may also help boosting Venezuela’s agricultural sector towards 100% food self-sufficiency.
What is the real reason, you may ask, behind Trump’s intense ‘coup d’état’ attempt – aka, Bolton, Pompeo and Elliott Abrams (the ‘regime change’ envoy), or the diabolical troika’s killer mission?
- Is it oil and other natural riches, like gold, coltan, diamonds and many more rare minerals? Venezuela with some 301,000 MMbbl (billions of barrels) of known reserves has about 12% more hydrocarbon reserves than Saudi Arabia. Shipping from the Gulf to Texas refineries takes 40-45 days and the risk of passing through the Iran-controlled strait of Hormuz. Delivering oil from Venezuela to Texas takes some 2-4 days.
- Is it that Venezuela committed a mortal sin when circumventing the petro-dollar, when trading her hydrocarbons, notably with China and Russia in other currencies, like the gold-convertible yuan? – Remember, Saddam Hussein and Muamar Gadhafi attempted similar dollar-escaping actions – and look what it brought them. The US-dollar hegemony depends very much on oil and gas trade in US dollars, as per an agreement of the seventies between the US and Saudi Arabia, head of OPEC.
- Is it that Washington cannot tolerate any socialist or socialist leaning country in its “backyard”? – Cuba and Nicaragua beware!
- Is Venezuela a crucial stepping stone to fully dominate Latin America and her resources? – And, hence, a step closer to ‘full power dominance’ of the world?
- Or all of the above?
I believe it’s all of the above, with a strong accent on Venezuela’s abandoning the US-dollar as hydrocarbon trading currency – putting the dollar-hegemony even more at risk. Once the dollar ceases to be the main reserve currency, the US economy will slowly collapse – what it is already doing. Twenty years ago, the US-dollar dominated world reserve coffers with about 90%. Today that proportion has sunk to less than 60%. The dollar is rapidly being replaced by other currencies, notably the Chinese yuan.
Now let’s cut to the chase. – It is clear that the Trump Administration with these stupid actions of dishing out sanctions left and right, punishing allies and foes alike, if they deal with Russia, Iran, or Venezuela – and this special blunt regime change aggression in Venezuela, nominating a 35 year old US puppet, trained in the US by CIA as Venezuela’s new ‘interim president’, confiscating Venezuela’s reserve assets in New York and London, stopping importing petrol from Venezuela and punishing anybody who imports Venezuelan oil – except, of course, Russia and China. The ‘might’ of the US stops short of interfering in these non-dollar deals. With these and more ridiculous actions and military threats – Washington is actually not only isolating itself, but is accelerating the fall of the US economy. Ever more countries are seeking alternative ways of doing business with currencies and monetary systems other than the dollar-based fraudulent SWIFT, and eventually they will succeed. All they need to do is joining the China-Russia-SCO system of transfer in their local currencies and the currencies of the eastern SCO block – and dedollarization is moving a step further ahead.
Dedollarization is the key to the end of the US (dollar) hegemony, of the US economic supremacy. The arrogant Trump, plus the impunity of the unfettered diabolical and outright dumb Bolton-Pompeo-Abrams approach of military threats and intimidations, may just make Venezuela the straw that breaks the Empire’s back.
Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a water resources and environmental specialist. He worked for over 30 years with the World Bank and the World Health Organization around the world in the fields of environment and water. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for Global Research; ICH; RT; Sputnik; PressTV; The 21st Century; TeleSUR; The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, the New Eastern Outlook (NEO); and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance.
Peter Koenig is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.
While everything about the modern US dollarimperialsm and its sad puppets goes undisputed, portraying the poser Chavez socialism and its current inept successor as nothing but victims doesnt stand the test of reality. Chavez got carried away by an embarrassing unrestrained narcissism and complete lack of historical and intellectual awareness, fell for his own propaganda, as so often happens to these populists. instead of seizing the rare chance he got and truly reforming realities on the ground, putting the economy on firm footing, balancing the society, his new “elite” simply replaced the white collar thieves of before with even more shameless criminality and corruption, wasted the oil windfall profits on momentary “populist” consumption, and dug the debttrap faster and deeper than anyone could have imagined and transforming into a fourth world shithole and ruined society a place that once at least had a certain level of civilisation and assured minimum standards of survival. worst of all, thus creating sympathy for military and political intervention by the monkey empire, as the complete imbecility and impossibility of the “self government” has been proven all to clearly. herein lies the real significance of the Venezuela tragedy: the futility of the “freeing of the slaves and handing them the keys to the plantation” has been put out in exemplary fashion. seems that at least in latin countries emancipation of the suppressed just isnt a viable option and the servitude to gringo masters now appears as a more attractive fate than being ruled by one´s own. Not every country has the intellectual and political reserves and backbone which just barely saved Russia and China from being burned up in their own recent purgatories. Europe for now lingers on in limbo and seems to prefer to die a slow death of anesthetic overdose, while the latin world is clearly headed back to its old servants place on the globalist plantation with a few remaining socialist islands barely left alive as warning examples to the flock. a depressing but realistic outlook on the current state of things.
… a very constructive comment. Thanx a lot.
(To me your comment seems to apply to almost all countries on this planet and thus explains exactly nothing. Sorry about that.)
Sorry,your comment seems to me to be the repetition of Western AngloZionist propaganda,
in a milder form:
“… portraying the poser Chavez socialism and its current inept successor as nothing but
victims doesnt stand the test of reality. Chavez got carried away by an embarrassing unre-
strained narcissism and complete lack of historical and intellectual awareness, fell for his
own propaganda, as so often happens to these populists. instead of seizing the rare chance
he got and truly reforming realities on the ground, putting the economy on firm footing, bal-
ancing the society, his new “elite” simply replaced the white collar thieves of before with even
more shameless criminality and corruption, wasted the oil windfall profits on momentary
“populist” consumption, and dug the debttrap faster and deeper than anyone could have
P.S.: The Austrian Chancellor Metternich is considered the epitome of oppression and
sorry, but u didnt get the point i made. thinking along the lines of “what is considered” – by who? the zeitgeist never holds any merit – will neither get u any worthwhile insights into history and its actors nor the playing out of current events.
anglozionist thinking will simply claim its superiority and natural right to leadership due to lack of actual alternatives, while i declared its total bankruptcy and the depressing inability of these socialist movements to seize the opportunity and reach new shores of thinking beyond the worn out and discredited-by-reality inane concepts of a 150 years ago. how pathetic that cuba in over 50 years couldnt get its act together, that venezuela is where it is today with all that empirical historical experience available, and not learning anything from it. anglozionism being the only game in town will prevail in this environment as no other viable thought has come to light, clowns repeating old songs are no threat to it. what really comes of the russian and chinese attempt of liberation will have to be seen.
i dont have the solution or truth either, but i reject the “terribles simplificacions” and blackwhite thinking that are mere surrogates of truth and just another way of cheating oneself.
A balanced reading in my view. The author brings up for me the historical fact that twice now principled militant socialist revolutionary struggle has pushed the American capitalist empire into doing major self damage to its financial structure. The first I recall being the Vietnamese revolution in the 1960’s was so powerful that it forced the United States to go off the gold standard in order to avoid the hard choice between crushing Vietnam or surrendering to the communists in order to save the American budgetary system. So rather than facing this responsible choice Nixon said fuck the rules of the international order and effectively wrecked the world financial structure by taking America off the gold standard.
And it has been all downhill from there for the capitalist financial order. Now look at it. I agree with the author. Venezuela is shaping up to be the next great socialist blow against the empire. This is a country with a deep history of leftist revolutionary struggle. Venuezela is so powerful now in its suffering that it is objectively forcing Trump to go against it. And as he does so he sets the American financial tyrant into a much deeper self destructive relation with the world. It appears that the Venezuelan democratic revolution of the people is in a position to force another mighty socialist blow against world imperialism. By pressuring it to massively self harm, again. I can readily sense a global intensification of class contradiction now. Even here in America. Look at the energy of A.O.C.and Tulsi Gabbard to name but two. Watch them play the class war as classy women. Over all things are building up creatively it seems to me. If one has a taste for world liberation struggle that is.
Remember Iraq WMD sites projected onto a screen at the UN and Powell standing at the podium with his vial of baby powder. The US is pulling the same stunt in Venezuela. Do not fall for it.
Peter Koenig wrote:
“But the pressure mounted with economic sanctions becoming ever bolder and, in the case of Venezuela, they had severe economic and humanitarian impacts because Venezuela imports close to 90% of her food and medication – still today – and most of it from the US.”
There you have it. Failure of Venezuela to diversify its trading partners has lead to the economic sanctions hurting it. Perhaps the Russian navy could escort Venezuelan ships to Russia and back:
The Venezuelan Constitution prohibits foreign bases on its soil.
Chavez rose living standard in Venezuela to the same extent USSR did in 1920s-30s. That is really why the mass of people still support the government. The USA and UK regimes cannot allow a succesful left wing nationalist country to exist, in case it inspires other to do the same. Maduro is not inspirational quite like Chavez but he still puts his country first at every point, he will not sell his people as slaves to Anglo banks. Not for nothing, did Russia fly those bombers to Venezuela.
Regard the De-Dollarisation, that will reach a certain inertia where events happen very quickly. The Yuan, the Euro and to a lesser extent Swiss-Franc and Yen are taking over the Dollar’s reserve currency place, and its once fast growing, rising economies like India and Nigeria stop using Dollars, we will see the rapid fall of American-British-Israeli wealth and power.
USA and UK are Gerontocracy- like USSR became in Brezhnev times, the rule of the incompetent and old establishment figures, leading to extreme ideological conservatism and stagnation, then inevetable decline. Nearly all the leading figures in buisness and politics in USA and UK politics are male, white or jewish over 60s, there is no dynamic youth rising up with new ideas. In the developing world, young people and women are very prominent in government and have new ideas. Who wants to live in the hell like capitalist-slavery vision of the Anglo Saxons? Not many people, only the sadists. The American ideology has lost what little shine it had. Nord Stream is just the start of European-Russian partnership, lead by Germany.
Sophist – Quotes from the Encyclopaedia Britannica
“Plato and Aristotle altered the meaning again, however, when they claimed that profes-
sional teachers such as Protagoras were not seeking the truth but only victory in debate
and were prepared to use dishonest means to achieve it. This produced the sense
“captious or fallacious reasoner or quibbler,” which has remained dominant to the present
some good points. the rise of the money powers in all its varied forms, from Americanism to Zionism – of which Communism is just a limited branch – since the French Revolution is one of the great blind spots of history. the confusing dialectic within this system guarantees the perfect hiding spot of the real actors. how anyone can seriously pin any hopes on the epigonal likes of Castro, Chavez or Maduro is beyond me. mere court jesters and circus clowns adding some cherished distraction and entertainment to the boring routine and spicing up the bland global prison system somewhat.
i dont share ur optimism about Europe though, the whole continent is running on zombie mode right over the cliff and specifically Germans will never gather the courage to liberate themselves from their transatlantic owners, their backbone is broken for good and they will happily finish their existence as water carriers and cannon fodder.
sadly, this same burned out Germany holds the keys to the success or failure of the Russian Chinese Eurasian project.
“Never in the annals of human history have so few, done so much evil (hurt, kill, maim, rape, pillage, plunder, overthrow, etc) to so many.” The eternal American Statesmen
Two very good reports on what is happening to Venezuela:
Maybe US just run out of time and can no more wait to break Venezuela economically, maybe US economy would crash yet earlier?
The falling off the table cliff edge maybe is already starting…
Excellent article. What we are seeing is a repeat performance of what the West did in Iraq prior to the two invasions, namely media vilification of it’s leader. However, this latest attempt is going very sloppily, the conspirators having a tough time inventing anything intelligent or believable. Washington and it’s agencies are using old manuals for both regime change and a color revolution. So transparent. At the moment it’s not working.
And yes, Peter Koenig is right. Venezuela could indeed be the first straw that breaks the empires back. It’s up the the empire, as it will depend on how desperate it is to grab Venezuelas riches. However, should any overt or covert action remove Maduro from power, the consequences for the empire will not immediately be apparent. Yes, quite a number of countries will openly protest. The consequences will subsequently arrive in the form of an unexpected chain reaction, the international community having lost all faith in the US.
Lastly, the psychological state of Washington and Wall Street need to be ascertained. One has to wonder if they are fully responsible for their actions, living in the past days of glory. I don’t think they are. This fact alone is the chief danger for a military confrontation between the US and Russia/China.
Sloppy indeed.. Justin Raimondo is already comparing it to the Bay of Pigs fiasco….
I have no idea why people are falling for this sideshow. The Bolivarians are Masonic. After the Napoleanic Wars Anglo elites decided to wrest away the Empire of Spain for themselves. These same ‘Bolivarians,’ like the French and Amercans Revolutionaries only a few years before, were agents of that conspiracy. Bolivar was just another Poroshenko or Trotsky of his day.
Bankers will be collapsing the US dollar as scheduled and likely soon enough… taking control of everything for themselves in the aftermath of confusion. Latin America will be a new and more ‘Communist’ version of a Jesuit Reduction, as is Castro”s Cuba today.
Having visited both places I can tell you they are plutocrat paradises to a fault. The drama in Venezuela is yet another passion play after which you are supposed to wring your hands and demand the dismantling of the US government — a move long planned by bankers to destroy all nations and especially those deemed potentially too powerful (US, Russia, China) and therefore dangerous to oligarchs in the event ‘populists’ or Democrats somehow seize control of an important national government. The destruction of Venezuela is being conducted so as to be far more harmful to the US government than it will be to Venezuela.. a policy which is completely intentional and meant to empower anti Democrats, oligarchs, militarists and Zionists of all nations.
It should also be noted Peter Koenig is himself a (former) banker.
Shaking down humanity is what bankers do and is the reason why governments such as Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea are permitted to exist: because they provide all the necessary pretexts for imperialism and war. All three nations have long been Zionist test beds despite what you’ve been reading in Zionist media and histories all your life. These special banker projects will continue until the inevitable disaster comes after which we must all fall to our knees begging the bankers for bitcoins or some such crypto-satanic currency just so we can eat… because after the US dollar becomes worthless bankers will own everything and the currency in your hand will no longer be useful for paying down mortgages.
The collapse of the US dollar will be conducted so as to ensure creditors will be the only ones with access to ‘real’ currency. Whatever they are unable to repo they will buy up for a fraction of it’s value establishing the propertyless future promised since Marx created his manifesto in the library of the British Museum.
This comment is a prime example of sophism.
“It is too often that sophism is mistaken for sheer falseness, or even more annoying, for
paradox. . . . When logical incorrectness . . . is aimed at deceiving we are dealing with a
sophism (abuse of intelligence).”
(Henri Wald, Introduction to Dialectical Logic. John Benjamins, 1975)
An important (and perhaps intended) consequence of recognising Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela is that it will discourage future international business contracts (including loans) with the government of Maduro, as these will not be recognised to be legitimate by the countries that recognise Guaido. Thus, the countries that presently support Maduro, face the dilemma of either to make significant additional investments in Venezuela’s economy in order to ensure its survival, or to recognise Guaido in the hopes that his regime will honour the obligations contracted under Maduro.
An excellent article by Koenig.
Sheridan does a good job here also:
Whose Side Are You On – Trump or Maduro? Darkness or Democracy?
“In respect of the current Trump inspired and organised attempted coup de’etat in Venezuela it is illegal under international law, illegitimate under any democratic measure and immoral politically. Trump represents darkness. Maduro represents democracy.
So Nicolas Maduro has a greater democratic mandate than the Presidents of the U.S., Argentina, Chile and Colombia who have called for him to stand down in favour of the mysterious Juan Guaido, a former Rothschild Merchant banker who declared himself President at a rally in Caracas on January 23rd and was magically recognised as the legitimate President of the country by Donald Trump within a matter of hours.
As for the ‘human rights’ flag of convenience flown by Trump in support of regime change in Venezuela and parroted like obedient dogs and useful idiots by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and the mainstream media it is stomach-churningly hypocritical. The U.S. and Trump are concerned for human rights abuses? Aye right, and my flowing locks of hair from 20 years ago are growing back on my scalp!!! What cruel and utter garbage.”
What I read in all this article is clear simple and also pretty alarming: Nicolas Maduro is as soft and weak as Salvador Allende was. Yeah, the same Chilean Socialist president who ended up being bombed out of his presidential palace mainly because his main priority always was to play by the (Constitutional) rules and who wanted above all to be fair and nice with everyone, even with the people who was openly and noisily planning his demise. Even when the bombs were falling on his head, minutes before his death, he has saying he was proud of always having respected the Constitution. If Maduro is such a good guy also I won’t be surprised when and if he gets its own 911.
In my opinion, Observer and gadobart are also sophistic trolls
Or they are just quite ordinary Western Leftists, wallowing in the Western Left’s beautiful, well-known landscape of defeatism, utopianism, and Western imperial arrogance. Western Leftists have never liberated anybody — nor will they ever. Takes more than parades to bring about social change.
Peter Koenig about Venezuela:
It is simply wrong to count Uruguay as a dictatorship in South America.
On the contrary: I visited Uruguay 4 years ago and two years ago and lived and traveled there.
Uruguay is one of the best run countries with extensive social conscience.
It is amazing Koenig does not know ?
B. Richter Norway.
“Uruguay is one of the best run countries with extensive social conscience.”
I concur the above statement.
I have long studied Uruguay’s political, economic and social history & development. This led me to travel there fairly recently and see for myself. I too have been surprised by (the usually perceptive and accurate) Peter Koenig with his remarks on Uruguay as in this and other pieces he has lumped Uruguay in with the (regretfully growing) list of right-leaning, plutocrat-run, US-client South American states.
Thanks for writing this. I had family in Venezuela, they now live in Europe, so I’ve watched this since 2000. Parts of the opposition (who my family support) have done everything they can to destabilize and destroy that country to regain control. Sadly, that includes working with foreign powers (Colombia, the US, Israel, The EU). The US has waged severe economic and psych war on Venezuela since Chavez was elected.
Maduro really never stood a chance so claiming he is incompetent or not is really pointless. He was dealt a bad deck of cards that even the most competent leaders would have difficulty compensating for. Did he make mistakes? Sure but most of those would be in how he responded to economic warfare and attempts to destabilize his country (not exactly the stuff they teach at university). Putin and the Iranian leadership have certainly faired better and I do believe those leaderships teams simply better equip to deal with the US perfidy than Maduro but they also had a better deck of cards to start with.
It’s a comedy world we live in. So how do you declare yourself president? Turn up in the public square and shout loud “I am the president!” and half the world’s leaders immediately recognise you as legitimate. More people should do it. It’s like the lunatics have taken over the asylum.