Before the USA can destroy Venezuela, it must convince the American people of a number of lies to get them behind another war for oil. The TV networks are hard at work doing this, just as they spread the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” lies to get support behind the illegal invasion of Iraq.
After using the most powerful economy on the planet to destroy Venezuela’s economy, US corporate viewpoint media now insist that people are starving in Venezuela and there is no food or basic household supplies. Here, Max Blumenthal shows in a video filled with humor and irony, the US media lies, contrasted by reality, that the stores are in fact, bulging with goods.
Listening to CNN, one hears that the US Venezuelan team (Pompeo, Trump, Bolton and Abrams) wants dearly for the starving children of Venezuela to have food. Isn’t that special. These right wingers have devoted their lives to pushing everything not nailed down in America to the billionaires, at any cost to the children of America.
In fact, one in five American children lack proper access to food at some point during any given year. If Pompeo, Trump, Bolton and Abrams really cared about child hunger, one would suspect they’d be sending aid to America.
But they’re sending aid to Venezuela, in a phony attempt to pretend there’s a crisis in Venezuela not of their doing.
In the aid package sent to Colombia, with the hope of stirring up violence leading to a raison d’être for invasion, medicines are included because CNN says the people of Venezuela are in need.
In fact, because of the Bolivarian Revolution began by President Chavez and continued by President Maduro, doctors and medicine have come from Cuba to help the impoverished mestizo majority with their medical needs for the first time ever.
The old oligarchs Pompeo, Trump, Bolton and Abrams want to bring back to power, never provided food or medicine to the majority underclass in Venezuela, and didn’t care how many died because of it, as long as they controlled the wealth. This is the primary reason they can’t win an election and have to have a self-proclaimed president (Guaido) who is a puppet of Trump in defiance of democracy.
Meanwhile thousands of American die each year for a lack of medical care, but Pompeo, Trump, Bolton and Abrams have never done anything about this problem, concerned as they are about the people of Venezuela. This may be the first time any of them minded that anyone suffered from a lack of health care.
Jimmy Carter claimed Venezuela’s elections are the “best in the world.” Despite this, CNN and all the other TV networks call Maduro a “dictator.” They don’t, for some reason, call President Trump a dictator, although he did not even win the popular vote in getting “elected” to office in our anti-democratic elections.
Last weekend, there was a great deal of violence on the Colombia/Venezuelan border orchestrated by Trump, Pompeo, Bolton and Abrams to further the regime change they have been pushing for years. Some people died, and these four together with their puppet, Guaido, should be tried in an international court for it, had we a system of justice on the planet capable of bringing such powerful fascists to justice (fascists as FDR defined the term).
Trucks were set on fire on the Colombian side of the bridge, and CNN immediately blamed the Venezuelan government people far away on the other side of the bridge, without a shred of evidence. I was reminded of a line from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, to wit, “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.” CNN has never let evidence get in the way of National Security State propaganda.
We are being set up for war, ladies and gentlemen. What Pompeo, Trump, Bolton and Abrams need now is repetition of propaganda until the masses believe that war is justified. That failing, Abrams was brought in to form death squads as he ran in Central America during the eighties to create a hopelessness with which to cause the masses to surrender (as the people of Nicaragua eventually gave up their dreams of democracy for a time).
The only hope the Venezuelan people have is that some of us can get the public interest truth out around the powerful corporate viewpoint media lies.
Our leaders have shown they don’t give a damn about how many they need to slaughter to get their hands on oil under false pretenses, and Venezuela has far more oil than Iraq.
If you would like to help with an action on this, I invite you to post your concerns on the State Department Facebook page. You can’t begin a thread there, but you can comment on one of the existing threads about Venezuela (all propaganda with extreme lies, rife with comments from supporters of the Venezuelan oligarchs the State Department wants to put back in power). Go here to post your comments.
Jack Balkwill has been published from the little read Rectangle, magazine of the English Honor Society, to the (then) millions of readers USA Today and many progressive publications/web sites such as Z Magazine, In These Times, Counterpunch, This Can’t Be Happening, Intrepid Report, and Dissident Voice. He is author of “An Attack on the National Security State,” about peace activists in prison.