I’ve Been Venezuela

As a young boy of 12 years of age living in Jamaica, I remember the fear of daily violence and watching the news with the fear of seeing someone you knew being a victim of a bullet. The streets ran red with the blood of not only combatants but the innocent. No one dared to speak too loudly of their political affiliation which would put you at risk of being harmed by actors who supported a particular political party.  Many children would fall victim to persecution and suffering just because of their parent’s political loyalty. It’s hard to imagine such times but this is happening or will be happening in Venezuela. In 1979 Jamaica was ruled by Michael Manley who was the Prime Minister and the leader of the People’s National Party (PNP). Manley was demonized by the U.S because of his friendly association with Fidel Castro. The fear was that Jamaica was going down the road of Communism which made Mr. Manley a target that had to be stopped at all cost. Of course the Communism narrative was untrue but the truth or untruth often become facts depending on the power of the author. This propaganda of course was instrumental in causing regime change. Prime Minister Michael Manley found himself on the outside while the Opposition Leader Edward Seaga found himself with the inside track to gain political power with the help of the C.I.A. It was no secret that during the fight for political power, the economy and security of Jamaica were dismantled from within with the help of outside forces such as the Central Intelligence Agency. More and more guns were shipped to the Island in order to carry out unnecessary murder and intimidation on the population at large. Food shipment sat on the docks and spoiled due to workers being paid and intimidated to look the other way. Financial loans sought from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for infrastructure development were denied. Many people loved Michael Manley but they knew that if another leader was not elected, Jamaica would continue to feel the pain of economic isolation and sanctions. Due to the daily uncertainty and chaos, many fled the country and emigrated to the U.S. Yes, I know of this because I lived it. This is the reason why my life and the life of my family changed. My life in America is the product of this violence and I should know what the people in Venezuela are experiencing.  It’s basically the same act but with different actors and reasons.  The playbook contains economic isolation, divide the people and conquer, initiate a conflict under the guise of defending democracy, stress the point that action must be taken in the defense of American National Interest and last but not least, the demand for immediate elections.

What made Jamaica so important in the 80’s was our proximity to Cuba and the Communist threat in the Caribbean. In President Maduro’s case, the national security threat is energy. Yes energy. Not the freedom of the people but the wealth that Venezuela holds. Venezuela holds one of the largest oil deposits in the world and this makes it important to the U.S.  China and Russia also understands this and have invested much in that country. The U.S understands that losing control of Venezuela is something that they cannot afford because of the security of the Petro dollar. Think about it like this. What do Iraq, Libya, Iran, Syria and Venezuela have in common? The answer is oil and the transit points for energy. Why have we started conflicts with these countries? The answer is because each of these countries has threatened to trade their oil in either Euros, Gold dinars or the Yuan. This is why we have a systematic goal to topple the Venezuelan economy. It’s not for the people’s freedom. Anyone who thinks otherwise should re-evaluate their international political knowledge. Our interest in Venezuela lies in the mission to stop Maduro from selling his oil in any other currency other than the U.S Dollar.

If we only look and research the facts regarding our actions in 3rd world and oil producing countries, we will see the same old playbook being used again and again. The next phase of this coup was implemented when the self proclaimed leader Juan Guaido pronounced himself as the new President of Venezuela. This was a move made not only to divide the people but to gain support from the international community. This was a masterstroke intended to cause confusion. The dominos are falling one by one. The only question is whether or not Russia and China will sit idly by and make it happen. My honest opinion is, if we use military action to force Maduro out, this will be an opening salvo to war. My guess is that the Russians and Chinese will not sit idly by while their interests are being dismissed.  They will react and that’s a promise.

Make no question about it my friends. The C.I.A’s fingerprints are all over this coup but the lies of wanting freedom for the Venezuelan people still persist. Wall Street does not care who is in power. They care about who is handling the money. We are being fed lies and false information. Unfortunately, we always fall for it. The U.S Administration needs the support of Congress and the people, so the lies will continue. I cannot exaggerate this fact enough. This is not a fight for human rights. It is a fight for Wall Street. If we are so motivated to enforce human rights, why haven’t we freed many nations and countries around the world that are living under tyrannical governments? The answer is because we may already own them with our investments or they have nothing to offer us as in resources. On the other hand, the demise of the Petro dollar could be harmful to the U.S economy. If that is the case then let’s deal with the issue at hand through diplomacy rather than intimidation. Conflict should be the path of last resort. Please reference a book written by Major General Smedley Butler called “War is a Racket.” General Butler served with the U.S Marine Corps. You will find this book very informative.

I am a Christian Conservative and one of the reasons I voted for President Trump was because of his promise to put an end to the policy of regime change and for the U.S to get out of the role as the International Policemen of the world. My fear is that we have advisors in the ear of this President who are servants of Wall Street and are War-Hawks. They still believe in the policy of domination and Imperialism. Nicolas Maduro may not be the greatest leader in the world but it is not our job to interfere and dictate to other nations on how to live. Nor should we sacrifice our men and women for the “Bankers.” We have enough problems at home. We must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.

Dwight Young