Above link thanks to RT, shows a huge pro-Maduro rally in Venezuela. Not all of them want the US puppet.
The Western press is a rubber stamp for US policy.
For example, I just read 2 articles in a popular German news site on Venezuela. There was no new perspective on the US and its attempt to overthrow a democratically elected government. Neither author mentioned that Venezuela is a sovereign country and that the US intervention was illegal. The author could have been an American. And yet, a new Pew study published just this week shows that Germans and French trust Putin more than the US. If a poll were taken among Europeans, it would be interesting to see how many approve how the US and allies chose the new president of Venezuela without consulting with the Venezuelans.
Likewise, an older study among young Arabs shows similar results – ie, more of them trust Russia than they do the US.
This sharply contradicts the notion that Trump is making the US great. Nations with no friends are threatened with an imminent decline similar to that of the Roman Empire.
One of the aforementioned 2 authors expressed an opinion that is very common in the US. He admitted that US sanctions hurt ordinary people more than they do the governments, but that, unfortunately, there is no other way that the “free world” can oust “dictators” like Nicolás Maduro (who was, let’s remember, democratically elected) and that the people will just have to suffer for a while until the US can install its choice (in the name of “democracy”). He did not admit that it was not so much Maduro’s socialism that hurt the Venezuelan economy but rather the sharp drop in crude oil prices that lasted for years and the economic pressure, including sanctions. Reports on the earlier sanctions that hurt the country are hard to come by, but a report from Forbes published in 2011 reveals:
“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton included Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), parent company of large American refiner and gasoline retailer CITGO, in a list of seven companies sanctioned last month for supporting Iran’s energy sector.
“PDVSA ‘delivered at least two cargoes of reformate to Iran between December 2010 and March 2011, worth approximately $50 million,’ the statement says. Reformate is [crude] blended with gasoline to improve its quality.
“The sanctions bar PDVSA from access to U.S. government contracts, financing through the U.S. Export-Import Bank and export licenses.”
Well, that pretty much kills business and hence, the economy.
The article then goes on to complain that the sanctions don’t apply to PDVSA subsidiaries and that the US does not “prohibit the export of crude oil to the US.” In other words, it is a crying shame that the sanctions don’t attempt to starve the Venezuelans completely instead of only partially.
So, while the US was imposing sanctions on Venezuela supposedly because the local government was harming the economy, there were powerful voices in the US that urged more harm to the Venezuelan people. Thus while the established wisdom in the US is that socialism doesn’t work, the US Establishment wants to make sure it can’t work.
So which is it? Socialism doesn’t work? Or let’s not give it a chance to work? Can you appreciate the subtle difference here?
And note the speed at which Trump declared usurper Guaidó president. Why? Because Turmp knows that Maduro has just signed deals with Russia and China that are designed to resolve the economic crisis by selling oil to these two countries under easy terms for Maduro, and if Trump waits too long to intervene, these oil deals will start easing the economic burden on the people and the opposition will no longer have a strong case against Maduro. Trump needs to get Maduro out of office before he can solve the economic problems. It is the same kind of reasoning behind the quick decision to launch the Tomahawk attack on Syria before the OPCW could get to the alleged chemical attack site in Douma and discover that there either had been no chemical attack or it was an attack launched by the US-backed rebels. Everything — absolutely everthing — in the Trump administration is smoke and mirrors and decisions are made at lightning speed so that the skullduggery cannot be detected in time!
It is easy to see how prohibiting Venezuela’s biggest oil company from doing business must have stunted Venezuela’s economy since 2011 (8 years ago, mind you!), and yet the only reason any Western journo gives today for the sagging economy in the country is Maduro’s socialist policies. This clearly doesn’t wash.
The Western media are lying to you to provide an excuse to intervene illegally to oust Maduro so that – let’s be clear – the US can plunder the South American country with the largest oil reserves in the world. Not only are the sanctions illegal and not authorized by the UN, but they directly contradict Donald Trump’s promise to the American people.
Back then, The Gurdian reported on a Trump promise even after his election:
“We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with,” the president-elect said on Tuesday night in Fayetteville, near Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina.
Ok, you might argue that Venezuela is not a “country that we know nothing about,” but that is not quite true. If you consider the sanctions that prevented Venezuelan oil from being developed and sold, we know quite enough to realize that it was not all Maduro’s fault that his people were suffering. But if the US thought that was the case, all they had to do was relax the sanctions and see how the country responded to free market economic conditions. Then if the economy continues to sag, the US might have had a strong case against Maduro – although recall that the slump in crude prices also had a powerful impact. So just blaming it all on Maduro is ultimately just an excuse and smart people can see through the childish rhetoric.
Finally, the worst news is that neither the media nor the grassroots seem to care in the least about respecting the sovereignty of other nations. For example, Politifact ran what appeared at first glance to be an exhaustive list of Trump’s campaign promises and a rating of the degree to which they were kept. Out of well over 100 promises, not one pertained to promises to avoid foreign wars and intervention. Politifact didn’t mention this glaring omission.
Bloomberg wisely noted that Trump’s 2018 UN speech stresses sovereignty for the US but neglects to promise to respect the sovereignty of other countries.
Respect for the sovereignty of all nations is one of the cardinal points of Putin’s foreign policy and part of the idea of the Multipolar (or multicentric) world that Putin has stressed repeatedly during and since his famous speech at the 2007 Munich Security Council.
Yet, Trump’s ethnocentric world view apparently has no room whatsoever for such unpatriotic notions. His omission of this issue and the lack of demand among the grassroots for attention to sovereignties of other nations is a red flag signalling the extremely dangerous state of US foreign and military policy, which seems almost designed and intended to start a war!
As Bloomberg points out:
“Before U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in New York to deliver this year’s address to the United Nations General Assembly, his top national-security officials promised that he would affirm the importance of sovereignty in U.S. foreign policy and world affairs. As National Security Adviser John Bolton put it, Trump planned to ‘talk a lot about American sovereignty.’
“He did, and that was precisely the problem. The president fails to recognize that sovereignty isn’t a one-way street — and that institutions like the UN, far from threatening sovereignty, in fact establish the conditions in which it can flourish.”
Operating on this incredibly one-sided policy of not only “America First” but in fact “America Only,” the United States has seriously damaged Venezuela's economy and harmed its people, and now, suddenly, pretends to worry about the people it has harmed, first warning of a possible military invasion and then hypocritically sending aid, pretending that the economic crisis is due solely to Maduro’s poor administration and not to US sanctions falsely pointing out that Maduro’s justified refusal to accept this hypocritical aid is proof that he does not care about this people.
This is a disgusting hypocrisy.
My message to the Venezuelan people is this:
In the past, the post-war US offered defeated European countries and Japan generous aid, eg, under the Marshall Plan for Germany, and established a precedent that created an aura of trustworthiness throughout the world. This aura held for many years. However, the US set a new precedent in the Korean conflict, offering no aid at all, and instead bombing all major population centres in what can only be called an attempted genocide.
This precedent set the stage for Vietnam, where again, the US killed abundantly and indiscriminately, including in the horrific documented atrocities at Song Mai, with a death toll estimated at as many as 2 million. Iraq got no help to get back on its feet either after the horrific US bombing attacks that killed an estimated 100,000 Iraqis. Syria gets nothing today except sanctions intended to punish the Syrians for electing a president who helped them survive the attacks by foreign and Syrian US-backed terrorists since 2011. Without that last-minute Russian intervention, the Syrians would have no homeland or sovereignty. Kosovo is another example of a US attack that left nothing but ruins with no offer of help from the US (well, at least they got free mosques and terror-promoting imams from Saudi Arabia). Afghanistan attests to 17 years of failed US military intervention with no significant aid offered to the longsuffering populace.
Ukraine suffered a US-instigated coup in 2014, when its economy was still normal and stable. Now, according to the IMF, Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe! And in case you think that this is due to the influence of Russia, the IMF has declared that this poverty is due to the corruption of the Ukrainian government, hand-picked by the US.
In conclusion, do not trust the American government.
There is a wise old saying that should serve as a warning for every country that has weighed the option of petitioning the US for help:
Be careful what you wish for.