a reply to: TheJesuit
Heh... well. Here goes nothing:
The thing that galls me most about this situation that the United States is creating in Venezuela, is that the script is not even new. I mean, talk
about Hollywood being unoriginal and rife with remakes, reboots and fresh adaptations on old movies and media!
The US has been meddling in the political affairs of nations in South America, both covertly and overtly, for decades. The overthrow of Jacobo
Arbenz, who by all accounts was a decent fellow by the way, was enacted by the US, who had been petitioned to do so by the United Fruit Company,
because they were unhappy with the ramifications for their corporation, of the reforms that Mr Arbenz was about the process of enacting.
Rather than taking the correct approach, which is that the terminal greed of companies is not something that ought to be used as justification for a
covert action on the part of a nations government, except to CURTAIL it, not support it, the US government, namely the Department of State and the
Central Intelligence Agency, set about organising the removal of Guatemala's elected President from office, by way of a coup. I highly recommend
looking this event up for yourselves, at least reading the Wikipedia page on it, with the usual caveats associated therewith. At any rate, in 1954, an
armed force, trained and equipped by the US government, and supported by way of a naval blockade of the country, a bombing campaign on Guatemala City,
as well as a psychological warfare initiative involving radio broadcasts and threats of invasion by the US, saw Mr Arbenz forced to resign, as his
nations infrastructure and defense crumbled in the face of the covert warmachine of the US.
It must be clearly understood that there was no barbarity committed under Arbenz, that there was no fascism, no villainy being committed, no
barbarism at all. The regime that Arbenz had inherited from his predecessor, was peaceful, and intent on expanding liberty within the nation of
Guatemala, so that all people could benefit from access to those liberties, not just the few who had been previously. The Liberal Democracy that
Arbenz had come to power in, had policies that legalised political parties, made it legal for communities and interest groups organise and associate
together to make it easier for their voices to be heard in the places of power, sought to modernise the political landscape of the nation and make it
more representative for the people living and working there, as well as preventing the exploitation of the workforce, which had been a serious problem
under the authoritarian rule of the prior regime.
The man did nothing wrong, his country was not a threat to anyone, it was doing nothing illegal or immoral in enacting the reforms that were afoot
during Arbenz tenure. None the less, he was deposed and lived in virtual exile from the nation after the collapse of his government. That collapse
lead to the suicide of his daughter, among many other things, and despite having been a genuinely decent man, he collapsed into a cycle of depression
and alcoholism that ended in 1971, with his death in Mexico.
That is just ONE example of the US meddling in the affairs of South American nations. There are hundreds of other examples of things the US has done,
things that are CRIMINAL and would have any other nation invaded by members of the United Nations so fast that you wouldn't be able to get the
sentence "Oh, most of those soldiers are from Five Eyes nations" out, before the first volley of shots had been fired. The CIA is responsible for the
vast majority of the destabilisation of South America's governments over the years, including but not in the least bit limited to nations like
Guatemala, Brazil, El Salvador, and others, as well as nations like Haiti and Panama.
The CIA has committed terrorist acts both using proxies in South America, and using its own human resources directly, on many occasions, including
assassinations of specific individuals, bombing of soft targets like passenger aircraft, city centres, monuments and the like, hijackings,
kidnappings, erected narco terror mobs to totally undermine local authorities on the longer term, and practically all of this has been done for a very
small list of reasons, most of which have to do with keeping the populations of those nations open to being exploited by the financially powerful
companies from the United States, who rely on a submissive local governance to ensure that the labour they employ there is good and cheap, regardless
of the human cost of either the exploitation itself, or the blood shed to keep the people there powerless to better their own circumstances by way of
voting or rebellion against US backed puppets.
Its a bloody disgrace, a shameful, awful situation, and the playbook has not changed in decades, as this latest mess in Venezuela proves beyond a
shadow of a doubt. The US government needs to get its nose the hell out of South America, and stop infringing on the liberties and freedoms of the
people of other nations. It was not the right thing to do in the fifties, and its not the right thing to be doing now, and the people in charge right
now should be ashamed of their backward, regressive, interfering, authoritarian tendencies, as should the leaders of the US for pretty much the entire
time between the fifties and now. Cowardly, two faced, disgusting hypocrites the lot of them, at best.
These are the very things that DRIVE the situation on the border with Mexico, and the very reason why the US and its citizens being butthurt about
immigration, legal or otherwise, is so bloody pigheaded hypocritical and irresponsible. The fact is, for a nation to spend half a century or more
SCREWING an entire continent, then refuse to accept the ramifications, whatever they are, is cowardly and gutless. Its no less than I would expect
from the sort of degenerate white supremacists who most like to ignore the fault of the US for causing these issues, but its still an absolute
disgrace that it happens at all.
Stopping these interference methods FIRST, and leaving things to settle down for DECADES without intervention, will be the ONLY effective strategy
for a secure border with Mexico and the nations to the South, but that incontrovertible reality will be too inconvenient for some. Meanwhile, as the
liars and supremacists, the rabble rousing racists and the propaganda swallowing bootlickers of the far right howl about how weak their precious
little borders are, their nation is involved in an illegal act of espionage against a nation which poses the US no threat whatsoever. Again. Despite
all the evidence pointing to how bad of an idea it has been before, and is now. I just hope everyone remembers that, and remembers to beat the nearest
far right lunatic senseless with the information every time they decide to open their foul, detestable mouths about the matter.