by Brandon Turbeville, The Organic Prepper:
For the better part of 2018, Venezuela had remained out of the headlines. At least in the mainstream Western press, they were more focused on scary Russian agents, keeping American forces in Syria, and promoting a war with Iran.
But a few weeks ago, the South American country found itself on the front page after the American-backed “opposition” leader, Juan Guaido,’ claimed that he was the legitimate President of Venezuela and was immediately recognized by the United States and a host of Central and South American neighbors.
The stories regarding Venezuela are now circulating the possibility of “regime change” and even outright war against the Maduro government on the part of the “opposition” as well as neighboring countries beholden to the United States and the Western financier oligarchy.
But while most Americans do not support foreign interventions, there is a stunning level of ignorance on the part of the general public as to why the United States is so eager to destroy Venezuela’s government.
Supporters of the Venezuelan regime change
The most recent events to have taken place in Venezuela involve the declaration made by Juan Guaido, the American-backed opposition candidate, to be the legitimate president of the country.
Guaido’s claim to the presidency was almost immediately recognized by the United States as well as Israel and a host of American influenced countries such as Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, and Panama. Western Europe also joined the chorus with the UK, France, Germany, and Spain announcing that they would recognize Guaido as President of Venezuela unless new elections were held.
French President Macron even laughably stated that Venezuelan President Maduro was illegitimate and that France “welcomes the courage of the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who march for their freedom.” This, of course, was despite the fact that his own country is seeing a massive protest movement against its government with himself as the lightning rod and the head of the rather intense crackdown on those protesters.
Government in Exile
The anti-Venezuela coalition’s recognition of Guaido as President has thus created a “government in exile” or “government in waiting” situation with the coalition (mainly the United States) dealing only with Guaido instead of the actual elected President Maduro. This setup puts increasing pressure on President Maduro who has been under fire since his first inauguration through political and diplomatic means, sanctions, attempted coups and color revolutions, as well as threats of direct military action against the country.
It also comes fresh on the heels of an attempted military insurrection that took place days before Guaido’s announcement. In this instance, a number of Venezuelan military personnel attempted to steal arms from weapons depots and launch an insurrection against the government. However, the soldiers’ mutiny was put down quickly.
As a response to the open assault on the government of Venezuela, Maduro announced that American diplomats had 72 hours to leave the country. However, since the U.S. no longer recognizes Maduro as President, the world’s bully refused to comply and warned a response to anything that might endanger its diplomatic staff. This put Maduro in a tight spot – should he back down and allow the diplomats to stay despite the war being waged by them and the country they represent or should he arrest them and risk a military assault by the United States?
Maduro chose the former and subsequently extended the deadline to one month and stated that he would be willing to negotiate and work with the United States in regards to the American diplomatic staff.
Is the Venezuelan (Maduro) Government Good Or Bad?
Many people unfamiliar with the situation in Venezuela are confused. Most are asking themselves what they see as the most important question – is the Venezuelan government good or bad? As most audiences in the West, they want a simple answer to a simple question. Unfortunately, the answer is much more complex.
To be sure, Venezuela has experienced a massive economic decline since the days of Chavez’s administration. The country that was once riding high on petrol revenues has now collapsed economically and food lines, food scarcity, economic stagnation, unemployment, and soaring crime have all replaced the boom years.
That is in part due to the manipulation of the world’s oil supplies by the West, intense political pressure and economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the GCC as well as Chavez/Maduro’s adherence to socialism as an economic model. There is also little doubt that both the Chavez/Maduro governments were incredibly corrupt and authoritarian, having disarmed the population in the early years of power.
That being said, Venezuela has also stood firm against Western imperialist aims in their country and the rest of the world. It has resisted private central banking, Western corporate interests (such as Monsanto) and has flatly refused to participate and take money from the IMF.
The US has funded political opposition within Venezuela
It is also important to point out that ever since Chavez took power, the United States has funded political opposition inside Venezuela, imposed crippling sanctions on the country, and engaged in oil market manipulation so as to cut off sources of revenue for the government’s social programs. The economic crisis in Venezuela is partly one of Chavez/Maduro’s making but it is mostly because the largest economic and military power in the world has set its sights on the country and done everything short of direct military intervention to destroy it.
Attempts to claim Venezuela’s crisis was precipitated by “socialism” – even if one is able to ignore the voluminous amounts of evidence proving US subversion has instead – still doesn’t add up. . . . . . For Venezuela, its failures are a direct and clear result of US imperialism. And only through exposing and rolling back US meddling, can Venezuela’s fortunes be reversed. (source)
Venezuela’s economic troubles are now known the world over. Lack of jobs, low wages, poor working conditions, food shortages, and the like are now becoming synonymous with the nation itself.