By Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES – It’s absurd to question Nicolas Maduro’s leadership as Venezuela’s constitutional president. He was elected into office again after winning over 67% of the vote in general elections held on May 20, 2018.
The position taken by OAS Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, is ridiculous and humiliating, as he ignores the UN Charter and that of the OAS, sticking his nose into Venezuela’s national affairs and trying to get the rest of the organization’s member states to recognize the self-proclaimed “interim president”, Juan Guaido, who is following US government instructions.
It’s ridiculous and outrageous that the government of the the world’s greatest military power is trying to use the UN Security Council to approve of its attempt to change Venezuela’s government, which only the Venezuelan people have the right to do.
It’s shameful that a group of countries who march to the beat of Washington’s drum, are recognizing a member of a National Assembly as the president of Venezuela, who is a nobody and hasn’t received anyone’s vote to be the president.
Sinking the country into chaos and chronic shortages to then blame this on the government, Venezuela’s Right haven’t been able to diminish popular support for their Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution. They are desperate to get hold of power again, which will give them access to the country’s riches again (not insignificant at all), even if they have to share them with the US. This is why they have turned to a coup d’etat, following the Empire’s instructions.
US Imperialism has great experience in dirty chenanigans to overturn governments who aren’t aligned with their interests, following a preestablished script. First of all, they look for a way to change the established order and support opposition groups so they can carry out their villainous acts.
In some places, this isn’t enough to overthrow a government and replace it with one that suits their interests; other times, they make the most of the situation to carry out a “humanitarian” intervention, or they just send their troops in to, supposedly, “reinstate democracy”. A very strange democracy because it doesn’t come from the people, but from rifles, bayonets and the canons of a foreign power, who should be taking care of its own national affairs.
There are dozens of examples of this. Not having to go very far, we have the dictatorships that bled our America dry in the ‘70s and ‘80s and some others which came way before, like in Haiti and Nicaragua.
The vice-minister of Foreign Affairs and Cuba’s UN representative, Anayansi Rodriguez, spoke at the UN Security Council summoned by the US to try and legitimize its intervention in Venezuela and impose another government in the South American country, and she said the following among other things: “The US’ hounding of Venezuela is the main threat to peace in Venezuela and Latin America.”
Attempting to impose a government in Venezuela that serves the US government (via a coup d’etat) is worthy of condemnation.
When real democracy doesn’t work out for their interests, they resort to the lowest and dirtiest means, like coup d’etats, whether these be military or parliamentary (let’s remember what happened in Honduras and Brazil), and the persecution of Leftist leaders, with charges without any evidence, just to get them out of the political game, like what happened with Luiz Inacio (Lula) da Silva and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, Cristina Fernandez in Argentina, Rafael Correa in Ecuador.
There is no doubt whatsoever that the International Right, supported by the US, is desperate to have control and power over Latin America, and Venezuela is the key to them managing this. However, both this Right and the US should be careful, because desperation makes you look like a fool.