The current suspension of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting to deal with the “Venezuela case,” along with Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent declaration, seems to mean that the Department of State’s big ploy to overthrow Maduro’s administration has failed.
And what was it?
Accusing the Venezuelan government on a global scale of massacring protesters, stigmatizing it as anti-democratic with the intention of applying what the OAS calls the “democratic clause,” forcing Maduro out of power and making way for a new government.
For this to happen, they had to promote unrest in the whole country, provoking what were labeled as student protests that turned violent and were handled with unnecessary force. The U.S. is now playing what few cards it has left: the news agencies, the press puppets and some poor, well-known artists who have mortgaged their lives to the great international entertainment companies.
Plus the number of votes that were never given and the polls inside Venezuela that show that Chavism would win in a new election, which would be crushing to the U.S.
The Strategy Unravels
That would explain the race to hold the OAS meeting before Michelle Bachelet takes over as president of Chile on March 11, as that vote could be quite decisive. It also explains the order given to U.S. henchmen in Venezuela to artificially prolong the life of the unrest and protests for more influence at that meeting, which is what [Henrique] Capriles and Maria Corina expressed to the public, urging protesters to stay in the streets and suspend Carnival in fascist areas.
This is a chance for the U.S. government to come to terms once and for all with the fact that its role as continental police has come to an end and that it needs to start a new era of understanding and respect with regard to the sovereignty of others. In other words, it needs to accept the new reality.
Those who also need to accept this are the politicians — or political intriguers — that lead the opposition and can make way for new opposition leaders who understand the new political and economic landscape of the region. That is to say, if they had any ethics.
They also need to understand, as Chavez said, that the south is the north and that it’s no longer all about what the empire wants.
The U.S. government ought to also understand that if imperialism really is going to continue, it must start to operate according to national and regional realities and look for solutions to problems instead of people to blame for them.
Who I really feel embarrassed for, though, are the legion of researchers, analysts and writers that have been complicit — consciously or not — in the libel used in accusing the Venezuelan government of murder, looking to pull our country into the empire. If they had the tiniest bit of dignity, they would never open their mouths again.
An Amazing Opportunity
It’s important to understand that imperialism has, like the scorpion from the famous Aesop fable, its own nature, and we need not believe its crocodile tears. For them, the goal of wrapping up their plans for independence and development in Latin America is a top priority.
That’s why this is a favorable occasion for Venezuela and the progressive countries in the region to impose a reform to OAS’s “democratic clause,” requiring a consensus of the rest of the nations in the region for its application, similar to the way the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States makes decisions.
In doing so, the United States would be castrated of the possibility to utilize the clause for its own interests, leaving it to be used under a majority decision for the common good of the region. The same goes for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
It’s time now that the OAS resigns from service as the Minister of the United States’ Latin American Colonies, and it’s time, too, that Venezuela shakes itself free of its rogues and traitors.