Vince on Quora (open link to see other comments):
Very accurate comments by Dima and Alexander. So true.
And BTW, Maduro won the election by around 70% of the vote and the polls were observed by a lot of foreign observers.
There is a subtlety here that is lost on almost every Westerner who is used to – and generally supports -- years and years of US invasion and regime change, and that is, as was mentioned by Dima:
Russia, does not support candidates or politicians. They support peoples, ie, nations. That is, they support sovereignties, ie, the old Westphalian principle of letting states decide for themselves, for better or worse. If the Venezuelans choose Maduro, then their vote is sacred, no matter how bad WE think the guy is.
When asked if he supports Assad, for ex, Putin always says he supports whoever the Syrian people support. He NEVER comes out in support of a person. That is the source of his strength and the prestige and trust he enjoys. I get the impression that the average Westerner doesn’t even realize this or understand the concept. It is part of the multipolar world idea that Putin shocked the world with in Munich in 2007.
This approach, ie, respecting sovereignties, is too simple for Westerners. We want rocket science. We want to be the final arbiters of foreign people's fates. We don't care what the people want. We know what's best for them. Right?
Thank God more and more people understand the elegantly simple concept of the multipolar (multicentric) world that no longer looks to the US to tell other people what to do. Oh, the puppets in places of Western power bow to the US, just as the European powers – with the exception of Italy – banded together to support the completely unknown Guaidó, who could be a serial rapist for all they know or care. But we are talking about the grassroots, a different animal, who are becoming increasingly isolated from their political “leaders.”
The Trump administration was skating on thin ice when Pence called Guaidó the night before he declared himself president, and told him the US would support HIM and consider him president. That was in a subtle way the kiss of death for the US in Venezuela, where people -- even those who dislike Maduro -- are leery of US intervention. Trump’s hint that the US might go and bomb them was also not well received. The Bolivarian revolution still has wide support and it is generally anti-yanqui.
Bush was more subtle about supporting regime change, but Trump just charges right in. He behaves this way only because he is used to dealing with Americans who still support the monopolar world with US as the hegemon and also are imbued with the notion that socialism is tantamount to child abuse. Polls around the world show that this American guns-blazing approach is now a very hard sell, and Venezuela is now showing signs of pulling away from Guaidó because of this plate shift in world opinion that most Americans know nothing about and could care less. If we don't crawl out of our shells and start looking at the real world out there and seeing it for what it really is, we will wake up in a very cold shower. The dollar is threatened now like never before. Jim Rickards says the IMF is plotting to trot out the SDR as the new world reserve currency, but even if it decides not to do that, there is the Special Purpose Vehicle, now known as ISTEX. I am willing to bet that the average American knows nothing about this and what it spells for the USD and America’s ability to wage war and continue throwing US weight around -- not because they’re dummies, but because they only read the standard fare in the WSJ and other economic msm and ignore the rumblings in the background).
Here is an email I received from Venezuelanalysis.com, ie, from on the ground in Venezuela that might just signal the way the wind is blowing:
Nearly two weeks have gone by since Juan Guaido swore himself in as "interim president" of Venezuela and the previously little-known back-bench legislator appears no closer to sitting in Miraflores Palace. Indeed life continues much as normal here in Caracas (well if now long-established hyperinflation can be considered "normal"). Saturday saw dueling pro- and anti-government marches, which went ahead without incident. Guaido, who had no new announcements for his supporters, appears to be losing momentum, rallying fewer people than on January 23, while Nicolas Maduro has been more successful in mobilizingthe Chavista rank-in-file in nation-wide marches over the course of last week.
Meanwhile, international developments are proceeding with great dynamism. This Thursday is set to kick off an international dialogue summit hosted by Mexico, Uruguay, and the EU in Montevideo, while a host of European countries voiced their support for Guaidó this Monday. In the face of the ongoing failure to overthrow Maduro, Donald Trump reiterated Sunday morning that US military intervention remains an "option" for Venezuela.
We at VA have been in overdrive trying to break the mainstream media blockade and bring you voices from the ground. We have put together regularly updated pages compiling international solidarity statements as well as testimonies from the Bolivarian grassroots against the coup. We are also proud to present you the 10th episode of our Ear to the Ground podcast bringing you up-to-date analysis of the current conjuncture from our Venezuela-based team. Additionally, we once again partnered with Merida-based Tatuy Tv to produce a series of short video interviews with Venezuelans expressing their views on the coup, national sovereignty, and possible scenarios for resolving this crisis. Lastly, we have not one, but two exclusive interviews for you: one with Luis Britto Garcia on the stakes of the current standoff with Washington and another with Jessica Dos Santos on the realities of daily life in besieged Venezuela. Catch all this and much more below!
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