My country never learned the lessons of the American War in Viet Nam

Venezuela:  Peace is Possible

Source:  Popular Resistance

RESIST!

“I dream, Peace is Possible
through a nightmare of wars,
No matter how brief the Dream”

~ by Daniel Shea © 3/26/19
    Viet Nam Veteran

daniel shea 2c.jpgI arrived in Caracas Venezuela on March 10th 2019 with Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese after the three of us had to scramble to find alternatives flights to Venezuela via COPA Airlines, Panama to Caracas.

The reason we sought alternative flights was because American Airlines cancelled our flights from Miami to Caracas fearing reported power outages.

The electricity blackout was real but flights were still operational during daytime hours as we were soon to find out.

We were determined to join our place as delegates on the U.S. Peace Council and to witness for ourselves the extent of U.S. Corporate Media reports of massive civil unrest, of a starving population resorting to eating garbage and government violence to subdue protests.

We were on a mission, to listen, to observe, and to attempt to assess the root causes of opposition grievances and whether there might be avenues for talks to address their concerns and find compromises and produce a peace to the advantage of all concerned.

Our main mission was to express our Solidarity with COSI – Venezuela, the Committee of International Solidarity and Struggle for Peace.

I, a Viet Nam Marine Corp Veteran of 1968, and I, as a former Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace International and the current President of  Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 of Portland Oregon have lived the hell of war, and wish never to have anyone live through that experience.

Unfortunately, my country never learned the lessons of the American War in Viet Nam, that it was criminal to send our armed forces to invade another country.

Viet Nam held no vital interest except the desire of imperialists to dominate Asia as a colonial power.  Viet Nam was no eminent threat to our nation.

We left defeated, as war criminals who killed, estimates ranging from 4 to 6 million Vietnamese, mostly innocent civilian, women and children.

We left another war legacy, the legacy of spraying 20 million gallons of Agent Orange Dioxin over Viet Nam a deadly toxic chemical weapon that continues to take lives and causes many debilitating birth anomalies and diseases including cancers affecting both Vietnamese and U.S. Veterans and their families.

We have 58,320 U.S. Soldiers names, including eight women carved in black granite in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC as a cold reminder of the consequences of War.

Thus, every U.S. War, whether a so-called humanitarian military intervention or regime change assualt on another nation, it is like a bullet striking my heart, opening old wounds, that trigger my PTSD causing depression, anger, and even suicidal urges to end the nightmare and shame of my country’s bullying violence and terrorism that threaten the nation’s of the world with our way or the highway.

I have chosen to walk a path of Peace, to rejected violence and war, thus raise my voice as a Veteran For Peace, challenge those who beat the drums of war, oppose dishonest diplomacy at the point of an arsenal of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

I guess it is no surprise that the U.S. Peace Council would invite two Veterans For Peace members Gerry Condon a former GI Resister and current President of VFP International  and myself to join their delegation.

It didn’t take long before the delegation were invited to meetings with various government ministries, popular people’s projects or cultural programs, but most obvious was that the so-called crisis and massive unrest was just not happening.

That is to say, that in Caracas these popular myths of violent unrest in the U. S. Media were not true.

Our observation was the unrest was a lie manufactured by the U.S. State Department and the Trump Goons, VP Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams the infamous 1980s criminal conspirator in the Iran Contra Scandal and lying to Congress.

One has to put much into perspective, there was an electricity blackout when I arrived on the 4th day of the outage and lasted an additional two days.

Was it a crisis, of course it was but it didn’t cause unrest, it brought people together, just like in the USA when a national disaster strikes, people go out of their way to help each other, the same in Venezuela.

I was humbled by the tenacity of the Venezuelans to persevere under this difficult hardship, the government trying to ease their burden declared taking the days off during the blackout, making them Blackout Holidays and you saw families in the streets, going to the parks, lovers holding hands, taking walks and meeting friends but no unrest.

Why the lies, why these threats of regime change intervention?

What are the Venezuelan Opposition Parties grievances, would they be willing to sit down for peace talks to find comprises.

Sorry to say, we were not able to get a meeting with opposition leaders to discuss the possibility.

What did seem apparent, was that the United States had their hands so far up the self declared president of Venezuela, Juan  Guaido’s ass, he nor the opposition parties couldn’t venture far from the uncompromising position the United States was dictating, Maduro must go “Or Else”.

The “Or Else” is the real crisis, was the dark cloud hanging over all of Venezuela, the threat of U.S. Military Intervention.

Donald Trump doesn’t give a shit about democracy or the suffering of Venezuelans, or he would lift the Sanctions at the root of much of the economic crisis, that and the drop in Oil Prices in the global market.

The real interest of the United States in Venezuela is it’s Oil and they have made that pretty clear in their own public statements.

““It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela,” ~ Bolton told Fox News in an interview.

I will be giving a report back on Venezuela Saturday March 30th 2019

Eye Witness Report Back from Venezuela
Dan Shea of Veterans For Peace &
U.S. Peace Council Delegate
3:00 PM at Sunnyside Community House
3520 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214

Please join me, both in Solidarity with the Peace Loving People of Venezuela and in Solidarity with the March 30th Mobilization taking place in Washinton, DC as officials of NATO come to celebrate 70 years of war making!

We Say No to NATO, War and Racism!

!!!!!!!HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!!!!!!!

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BAR: Venezuelan Elections Cleanest in the World

Source:  Black Agenda Report

March 5 2019

 

 

Efia Nwangaza, who served as an international observer of Venezuela’s most recent election, agrees with former President Jimmy Carter that “Venezuela has the most transparent and cleanest elections of any country in the world.” The US has no respect for law or truth, said Nwangaza, director of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville, South Carolina.

Cuba responds to CBC’s fake news article

Source:  cubausrelations.com

March 3 2019

Cuba’s Ambassador responds to unsubstantiated claims in CBC News article, “Canada at odds with Cuban ‘ally’ over Maduro’s fate.”

Ottawa, March 3, 2019

To the Editor of CBC News

josefina vidal.jpgI reject categorically and in the strongest terms the tendentious and manipulative article “Canada at odds with Cuba ‘ally’ over Maduro’s fate”, written by journalist Evan Dyer and published today, Sunday, March 3, 2019, by CBC News.

Good journalism does not speculate, it informs objectively.

The assertion that thousands of Cubans would allegedly be inserted into the structures of the armed and security forces of Venezuela, holding the government of (legitimate) President Nicolás Maduro, is a scandalous slander. I demand that CBC News present a proof, which evidently it does not have, since it does not appear in the whole article.

What Cuba has been offering Venezuela for many years is a modest cooperation, in which slightly more than 20,000 Cuban collaborators participate, 94% of them health workers, others in education, as they do in 83 countries around the world.

It is unfortunate that CBC News plays into the hands of the government of the United States, whose President happened to accuse Cuba a few days ago of maintaining a “private army” in Venezuela, a statement that is vile.

It is regrettable that CBC News does not denounce the US government’s military aggression plans against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the fact that it openly declares that its ultimate objective is to overthrow the Cuban Revolution. What else to expect from a sinister character like John Bolton, who in 2002 organized the coup against Venezuela, while accusing Cuba of developing a biological weapons program at a time when the false pretext of the presence of WMD in Iraq was fabricated to launch the war against that country? The latter lie was quickly denied by the US Intelligence Community itself.

Let’s hope that CBC News, with its biased coverage, does not support the aggression of the United States against the peoples of our America, and then apologize, as so many media organizations had to do after the war against Iraq. Our peoples will not forget.

As the Cuban Government recently stated, what is at stake today in Venezuela is “the sovereignty and dignity of Latin America and the Caribbean”…, “the survival of the rule of International Law and the UN Charter”… “and whether the legitimacy of a government emanates from the express and sovereign will of its people, or from the recognition of foreign powers”. “History will severely judge a new imperialist military intervention in the region and the complicity of those who might irresponsibly support it”.

Josefina Vidal
Ambassador of Cuba to Canada

Maduro: “If Trump cares about the people of Latin America, he should open his borders”

Source:  chamosaurio.blogspot.com
February 26 2019

nicolas maduro feb 2019In an interview with ABC News, the Venezuelan president said that his US
counterpart does not want to help the Venezuelans, but wants a war for oil.

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, granted an interview to journalist Tom Llamas, of ABC News, where he rejected the view that the president of the United States wanted to collaborate with the Venezuelans: “When has Donald Trump been interested in the fate of the world?”, he said ironically, as the tension between Caracas and Washington increases.
At the same time, he added that “if Trump really cares about the people of Latin America, he should open the doors of the border to the Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans and Colombians he is pursuing from the border.” In addition, he insisted that the Republican would have to grant work permits and visas to millions of Latinos, in case he is worried about their situation.
According to the South American leader, USA in reality “wants a war for oil”. At the same time, he warned: “No one should be deceived, all this is a Hollywood show of supposed ‘humanitarian aid’, but it hides the true intentions of an escalation to control and dominate our country.”
Willing to talk with Trump
Asked what he would say to Trump if he were in front of him, and Maduro said: “You will always have in me someone who is prepared, with our differences, to extend my hand and talk about a peaceful dialogue”.
In this vein, the Venezuelan president said that beyond the US president, his main fear lies in the President’s closest advisers: “John Bolton, an extremist and expert of the Cold War; Elliott Abrams, a liar who trafficked coca, weapons and drugs in Central America and the world, and brought war to the US; Mike Pompeo, a CIA agent who has an outdated intelligence scheme, also from the Cold War; and Mike Pence, a man who does not know world politics and who ignores Latin American policy, “he said.
Conflict at the borders
In recent days, the conflict focused on the borders that Venezuela has with Colombia and Brazil, where the alleged ‘humanitarian aid’ was supposed to enter, an action that was denied by the local authorities: “We did what we had to do to defend the border in peace,” he said. In turn, he added that “the humanitarian aid” was intended to “put on a show.”  “The US wanted to escalate the situation with violence to justify subsequent military threats.”

“The US should give humanitarian aid to its 40 million poor people”.

In this regard, he questioned: “What would the United States do if a caravan of trucks tried to cross its border without the authorization of the relevant authorities?” Along these lines, Maduro continued to deny Washington’s presumed interest in the well-being of Latin Americans, recalling his immigration policy: “President Donald Trump, when the Honduran immigrant caravan arrived with more than 200 people, said that if they approached the border, I would shoot them. ”
“The US should give humanitarian aid to its 40 million poor people”.
“We have seen people eating from garbage in Caracas,said the interveiwer.” Quickly, Maduro replied: “The US has 40 million poor people, why do not they see themselves on television?” Ah, because they come to put on a show, Hollywood style, Scene one, shows someone eating in Venezuela from the garbage. ”
Continuing with the ironies, the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) insisted: “If the elite that governs the US wants to provide some humanitarian aid, it should give it to their 40 million poor people who are suffering, without housing. , without health, social security or work “.
“Guaidó must face justice”
The leader of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself president of the country on January 23 and obtained recognition from the US, among other countries of the world, is outside of the national territory even though it was restricted to do so by a precautionary measure.

About this, Llamas asked him if he would allow him to return, but the interviewee was blunt: “He can not just come and go, he will have to face justice, which forbade him to leave the country.”
Then the president asked the interviewer a question, reversing roles: “If a court of law tells Donald Trump or Barack Obama that they can not leave the country during a judicial investigation, but they left and came back. US law? ” And he concluded: “Nothing more, that each one reaches his own conclusions”.
Uncomfortable moment
On the other hand, Llamas said that around 500 people died due to the direct responsibility of the Maduro Administration: “Why do the people who protest against you end up dead or in jail?” He lashed out. However, that information was denied: “No human rights organization has made me responsible for any death You’re lying, Tom Do not lie, you’re like Trump,” the Venezuelan told him.
At the insistence of the ABC News worker, the politician said: “You have made a mistake as a journalist.” Also, President Maduro noted that Venezuela has “full freedom of political expression, opinion and free press.” Finally, he explained that the opposition has a majority in Parliament.”

US Plans to Deliver Arms to Venezuelan Opposition, Russia Warns

Source:  TeleSUR
February 22 2019

  • Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press conference in Moscow, Russia, Mar. 15, 2018.

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press conference in Moscow, Russia, Mar. 15, 2018. | Photo: EFE

The United States hidden actions against Venezuela could unleash an internal armed struggle.

The Russian government warned Friday that the United States and its allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of planning to deliver arms to the Venezuelan opposition.

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“We have evidence that U.S. companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring a large batch of weapons and ammunition in an Eastern European country for their subsequent transfer to Venezuelan opposition forces,” the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said.

“The batch will reportedly include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable missile launchers and ammunition for light weapons and artillery systems. So this is what they mean when they talk about delivering humanitarian aid.”

Zakharova also spoke of the U.S. President Donald Trump’s words, which were addressed to the Venezuelan military, urging them to ignore the orders of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

“The U.S. direct call that took place these days, aimed at the Venezuelan military, urging them to ignore the orders of the legitimate leader of the country, represents the height of cynicism,” Zakarova said.

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Her statement comes amid an escalation of tensions in the South American country due to the destabilizing actions carried out by the US-backed Venezuelan opposition, which announced its intention to deliver ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to the country on Feb. 23.

On Thursday, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, also warned that the U.S. is preparing an “outrageous” provocation in Venezuela under the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid.

“Apparently, in a provocative frenzy, our U.S. colleagues, who are now preparing an outrageous and obvious provocation on the Colombia-Venezuela border, were too enthusiastic and decided to participate in hints and propagations of fake news in the Security Council,” the Russian diplomat said.

The Russian Spokeswoman also warned of the seriousness of the incidents that the U.S. government could trigger as it tries to destabilize President Maduro.

“The development of events in Venezuela has come to a critical point… On Feb. 23, a dangerous large-scale provocation is set to take place, instigated by the Washington-led crossing of the Venezuelan border with a so-called humanitarian convoy, which may lead to clashes between supporters and opponents, forming a convenient pretext for military action to remove the current legitimate president from government”, Zakharova said.

The United States and its right-wing allies in Latin America have come out in support of a right-wing coup attempt against the Venezuelan government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro after they supported a decision by opposition lawmaker, named Juan Guaido, to declare himself an “interim president” of Venezuela on Jan. 23 in violation of the country’s constitution.

In return, Maduro has repeatedly called for the restoration of talks between his government and the opposition in order to maintain peace and avoid a U.S.-backed coup, or even military intervention by the United States in favor of removing him and placing an unelected right-wing government.

Guiado and his allies U.S. allies have so far responded to such calls by escalation and rejection of any dialogue. They continue to call for the military to intervene, while sources in the United States have revealed that Trump is “seriously considering” military intervention into Venezuela if Maduro does not step down.

To further the pressure, the United States imposed harsh economic sanction on the Venezuelan oil industry and its national oil company, while also blocking the bank accounts of the Venezuelan state in the United States, vowing to only remove such restrictions when Guiado achieves control of the state institutions.

OAS Ambassador Slams US ‘Pillage’ of Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
February 15 2019

moncada venezuelan amb to the oas.jpg

“If you want to help Venezuela, do not threaten us with war and return what has been stolen,” Moncada said in reference to the Venezuelan resources blocked by the U.S. government.

The Venezuelan Ambassador at the Organization of American States (OAS), Samuel Moncada, stated on Friday that there are procedures to remove Venezuela from the organization, and it can’t be done without the necessary 24 votes of members of the OAS general assembly.

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“As the representative of the Venezuelan State and of constitutional president Nicolas Maduro Moros (…), the only way for me to stand up from this chair without violating international laws is that there is a resolution approved by the Extraordinary General Assembly of the OAS, where 24 member states voted for the suspension,” Moncada stated during his address at the OAS.

The Venezuelan representative reiterated that the only way of suspending a country from the OAS is by an extraordinary session of the organization’s General Assembly and that the resolution needs to have 24 votes to be approved. “The lie collapses, the fraud collapses, do not keep lying, get the 24 votes in the Assembly and I’ll leave here legitimately.”

Samuel Moncada also denounced that the United States government stole over USD$30 billion from the Venezuelan people. “Mr. Trump proclaimed himself the owner and lord of the natural resources, territories and inhabitants of that colony that he now calls Venezuela, and we have a real epidemic of autoprocalmations,” he said.

He then explained that the U.S.-backed coup d’etat against the Bolivarian Government is only effective in Washington, “where everyone celebrates the sacking of our nation, but it is a failure in Venezuela.” He argued that the illegally self-proclaimed “interim president,” Juan Guaido, is the one in Venezuela defending “the measures of economic suffocation against our people because they produce the necessary suffering so that the necessary military decide to support him.”

“If you want to help Venezuela, do not threaten us with war and return what has been stolen,” the diplomat said in reference to the resources blocked by the U.S. government, as part of the unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed against the South American country.

US and Allies Steal $23 billion, offer $60 million in ‘Humanitarian Aid’

Source:  Popular Resistance
February 14 2019

By Bill Hackwell, Resumen-english.org

EDUCATE!

 

us and allies steal billions from venezuela.png

The first trucks carrying the so called humanitarian aid for Venezuela have arrived at the Colombian border city of Cúcuta where a standoff is taking place.

Together the European Union and the United States plan to send $60 million in aid, despite the fact that the Venezuelan government is demanding the return of more than $23 billion dollars frozen in accounts being held in the U.S., Canada and Europe that they consider stolen from their  public treasury; money that could have been spent on the necessary import of food and medicine for the benefit of the entire population.

The sending of “humanitarian aid” to Venezuela by the U.S. is being presented as an emergency and something humane and necessary to the international community, however the Bolivarian government of President Nicolás Maduro, has made it clear that if their concern was genuine they would  unblock the funds that the world’s financial system have damned up.

The self proclaimed U.S. picked, wannabe, “president in charge”, Juan Guaidó and his group in charge of carrying out a coup d’état against the administration of President Maduro would claim the “humanitarian aid”  the U.S. plans to send. Clearly this aid has nothing to do with the suffering of the Venezuelan people and everything to do with turning up the heat of the regime change strategy of Washington to undermine the democratically elected president of the country.

Maduro has also made it clear that Venezuela does not need charity and if the stolen money was returned, “Venezuela will move forward by its own means as it has always done throughout its history”.

In a press conference yesterday Maduro said, “Take all that humanitarian aid and give it to the people of Cúcuta, where there is a lot of need. This is a macabre game, you see? They squeeze us by the neck and then make us beg for crumbs. They offer us toilet paper like Trump threw at the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.”

The economic war against Venezuela started a while back but now as the war threats escalate it is really ratcheting down.

In 2017, financial service provider Euroclear blocked nearly $1.65 billion for the purchase of medicines and food for the Venezuelan population.

Similarly, in 2018 nearly $2.5 billion were blocked, while England already in 2019 has retained $1.2 billion (in gold) and the U.S. took another $7 billion in assets from Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

Just last week the Trump administration issued sweeping sanctions against state oil company PDVSA, freezing all profits generated by Venezuela’s refining subsidiary Citgo, and has vowed to starve Maduro’s government of any and all revenue.

There are some glaring historical similarities to the situation now in Venezuela where the U.S. has used economic warfare as a weapon. It is the strategy of slow steady strangulation to bring a country standing in opposition to imperialism to its knees, like Chile in 1973 when the Nixon Administration was destabilizing the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende and he ordered then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, “Let’s make the Chilean economy scream.” Or who, with any conscience, could forget in 1996 after U.S. led economic sanctions had resulted in the deaths of more than 500,000 Iraqi children and Secretary of State Madeline Albright went on 60 minutes and calmly said, “..we think the price was worth it.”

The six decade long unilateral U.S. economic blockade of Cuba is another example, one that is not just historical but current as well, that so far has cost the Cuban people over $130 billion in revenue. They too have been deprived of much needed specialized medicine and food but Cuba has prevailed through determination, principle and the international solidarity that Venezuela now needs.