A Big No to US Military Intervention in Venezuela
President Donald Trump’s threat to use various means against Venezuela including military intervention is deplorable. It undermines Venezuela’s national sovereignty, independence and right to self-determination. It may set Venezuela in flames of war and wreak havoc in the entire Latin America. The lessons from US’s handling of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Libya’s Muammar Ghaddafi and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad are loud and clear.
The Kilusan sa Pambansang Demokrasya, an anti-imperialist and democratic movement in the Philippines, joins the many governments, movements and organizations around the world in censuring Trump and in calling the American people to stop their president from this madness.
Trump said, in a press conference in his golf club in New Jersey on August 11, “Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering, and they’re dying.” And then, “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary.”
This is absolutely preposterous as the United States is a party to the Venezuelan people’s suffering. While the country’s reliance on oil and the rock-bottom prices of oil products mainly caused the shortages, the US worsened these by supporting, and even directing efforts aimed at drying up Venezuela of dollars and its currency, create panic and sow hatred for the socialist-oriented government. It has been funding the guarimbas or paramilitary groups and the opposition that facilitate economic sabotage and create terror.
The US and big capitalist media have relentlessly demonized the Bolivarian leadership and magnified Venezuela’s defects and problems to justify and drum up support for “regime change.”
The US government’s effort at using whatever means against the Maduro government has not abated even after the installation of an overwhelmingly elected the National Constituent Assembly that is now working to correct the flaws and weaknesses of Venezuela’s socio-economic-political system. The US and the local elite, however have raised the ante by ceaselessly holding violent actions, doing more overt sabotage operations against the economy, brutally murdering Chavistas in full view of television cameras, additionally levying sanctions against eight Venezuelan officials and lately, raiding an army base.
The opposition in Venezuela and the governments that support US’s policy against the South American country should be wary against supporting US military intervention. This will have far-reaching effects. And like the US intervention in Iraq, Libya and Syria, this will not bring peace and stability. The US will not stop at bringing down Maduro. It wants Venezuelan oil. It wants to have control over South American hydrocarbons, other mineral resources and market. It wants to push its rival China out and make Latin America US’s sole dominion again.
Peoples around the world should prevent the opening up of a new war front in Latin America and stop the US from broadening and intensifying its hegemonic wars that have given rise to the worst refugee crisis, the rise of terrorism and other imperialist-made catastrophes in the world. ###
August 18, 2017
Contact Person: Fidel H. Fababier, KILUSAN Vice Chairperson