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20th, 2014 | Posted by Stephen Lendman

Destabilizing Venezuela Continues


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by Stephen Lendman

Maduro A previous article discussed multiple Obama regime change fronts. His rogue agenda exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He heads a Homeland Police State apparatus. Hes waging war on humanity and ravaging one country after another.

Obama wants the independent governments of Syria, Iran, Ukraine and Venezuela toppled. Hes got other targets in mind. As for the game plan, its hard to keep track of his lawlessness, with the multiple initiatives ongoing at the same time. The Monetary Cost Tens of billions of taxpayer dollars fund these efforts to destabilize foreign governments en route to toppling them, while vital American needs go begging. The Road to Unchallenged Global Dominance Obama wants the same neoliberal harshness imposed domestically force-fed globally. He wants independent governments replaced with pro-Western puppet regimes. He wants unchallenged global dominance. Control of Global Resources Obama wants control over world resources. He wants one nation after another plundered for profit. Venezuela is a prime target, as its oil reserves are the worlds largest. In addition, Bolivarian fairness represents a threat of a good example. Fifteen years of failing to crush it hasnt deterred Washingtons viciousness. Destabilizing Venezuela is longstanding American policy. Current USfunded/manipulated street violence perhaps reflects upping the stakes. Pattern Recognition of Violence Just as Syrian violence is out-of-control, so is Ukraines. Does Obama plan to turn Venezuela into a similar battleground? Expect stiff resistance if he tries. Mercosur Trade Alliance What is it? Venezuela chairs the Mercosur trade alliance. Its other member countries include Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. They issued a joint statement headlining Mercosur condemns violence in Venezuela and calls for dialogue. Its member states repudiate all kind(s) of violence and intolerance which pretends to attack democracy and its institutions, whatever its origin They reiterate their strong commitment with the full exercise of democratic institutions, and in that framework reject the criminal actions from violent groups that want to disseminate intolerance and hatred as an instrument of political struggle in the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela. They reject all rupture threats against the democratic order constituted on the legitimacy of universal ballot and reiterate their strong position in defense and preservation of the democratic institutions, as indicated in the 1998 Ushuaia Protocol on Mercosur democratic commitment.

They call on all sides to engage in democratic dialogue according to rule of law principles as promoted by President Nicolas Maduro They extended condolences to families of slain victims. They fully trust Venezuelas government will not rest in its efforts to keep the peace and full guarantees for all citizens. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said, Faced with the aggression of fascist groups, (Venezuela) received the widest solidarity of countries around the world. Solidarity of Twenty Nations Twenty nations as well as 156 social movements and political parties expressed solidarity with Maduro and Venezuelas people. They did so against violence-stoking destabilizing elements. Jaua said supportive governments, as well as social movements and political parties spoke in favor of democracy, stability and peace to the Venezuelan people, and expressed full solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and its support for the democratic way (in lieu of) new imperialist aggression. Jaua went on to say, the national and international community has witnessed how President Nicolas Maduro met with all sectors, mayors, governors and parliamentarians to discuss national problems, fighting the economic war, (and) productive economic development. No one can deny that the Bolivarian government is talking. No one can deny the Bolivarian movements popular support. Since 1998, Bolivarianism won 18 of 19 elections. Theyre the worlds most free, open and fair. They mock Americas sham process. People get the best democracy money can buy. Venezuelans get the real thing. Its constitutionally mandated. Government officials take rule of law principles seriously. Americas Pretend Democracy US trashes its rule of law principles with impunity with imperial ruthlessness. Its evident in harsh police state crackdowns. Freedoms are eroding in plain sight. Democracy is a figure of speech. Washington wants its ways force-fed on world governments. It wants them subservient to US interests. It wants planet earth colonized for profit. It wants ordinary people exploited as serfs. Economist Mark Weisbrot asked (w)hen is it considered legitimate to try to overthrow a democratically-elected government? Whenever Washington says so. Its longstanding US policy. Strategies include assassinating foreign leaders, toppling them by coup detat, or waging aggressive wars to do it. Rogue states operate this way. America is by far the worst. Previous articles asked if humanity can survive Obamas final three years in office. Its very much up for grabs. Stated Opposition to Bolivarianism

Roger Noreiga is a former neocon US assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. Hes an unindicted war criminal and world-class scoundrel. Hes been involved in Washingtons Latin American agenda since the 1980s when he aided Reagans Contra wars. Hes militantly hostile to Cuba, and in Haiti, helped force Aristide from office. Now, Noreiga wants neoliberal harshness replacing Bolivarianism. Once that happens, Venezuelas resources will be stolen. On February 18, he headlined an article For Venezuelan Regime, the Partys Over. Wishing wont make it so. Noreiga was long ago discredited. Popular support sustains Maduro. Venezuelans cherish Bolivarianism too much. Theyll go all out to preserve it. The Contrast with Americas Cartoon Democracy Its too precious to lose. Americans cant imagine benefits Venezuelans get. They include free healthcare, education to the highest levels, subsidized housing and food, and much more. In Venezuela, planned budgeting prioritizes public needs. Social justice is fundamental policy. Its constitutionally mandated. Venezuelas economy serves all its people, and it does so responsibly. America increasingly marginalizes its least advantaged. Wealth, power and privilege alone matter. Policy initiatives prove whats too ugly to hide. Noreiga claims Maduro is fighting a losing battle for survival. He claims Chavezs Bolivarian revolution will outlive him by about a year. Since Chavez took office in February 1999, doomsayers have made similar predictions, but fifteen successful years proved them wrong. Noreiga lied by claiming Maduro use(d) brute force against peaceful demonstrators. His condition is terminal, he said. A previous article discussed Venezuelas economic strength, and it is the polar opposite from what Noreiga claims. Economic collapse predictions for Venezuela have been unfulfilled. Noreigas numbers are fabricated. Venezuela is an emerging economy. America is a declining one. Venezuelas Armed Forces Noreiga claims Maduros second major crisis involves the loss of support within the countrys armed forces. Based on what evidence he didnt say. Rank and file military personnel support Bolivarianism. So do middle-ranking officers. Perhaps most higher-ranking ones. In April 2002, they and people power aborted Washingtons two-day coup. They restored Chavez to office. It was a notable show of support.

Maduro retains most of the militarys support, while Bolivarianism enjoys popular support. Venezuelans wont sacrifice whats too precious to lose. Theyll struggle to keep hard won benefits. They wont let fascist extremists steal them. Noreiga claiming military support for Chavez crumbling since his death doesnt wash. He ludicrously claims Cuba runs Venezuelas government. Throughout Chavezs tenure, the same nonsensical assertions were made. They rang hollow earlier. They do so now. So does Noreiga claiming Maduros faltering regime unleashes gangs who empty pistols into peaceful crowds. Washington bears full responsibility for ongoing street violence. CIA elements are involved. So are State Department funded groups. America failed to topple Chavez. It killed him instead. It infected him with incurable cancer-causing substances. It wants Maduro toppled. Maybe it wants him dead. Noreiga wants Bolivarianism destroyed. He wants fascist extremism replacing it. He wants Venezuelans stripped of vital benefits. The international community can help the Venezuelan people by prosecuting Maduro and the narcomilitares for their crimes and returning their ill-gotten assets to support the reconstruction of a country that has been through hell and back, he claims. But, its hard imagining anyone but fools and supportive corporate scoundrels buying Noriegas rubbish. Its the polar opposite from reality. Why any publisher features it, theyll have to explain. About the Author: Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. He writes for MoneyNewsNow.com and VeteransToday.com. He is also author of the celebrated books Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity and How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Lendman also hosts his own blog at sjlendman.blogspot.com. He is host of a progressive radio show with cutting-edge discussions and distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived

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