Bribes, Pressure, Bullying, and Threats What US Coups Are Made Of
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Coups are a US tradition, notably since the mid-19th century, mostly post-WW II - part of imperial America's aim to rule the world, brute force its favorite strategy.
Key is enlisting internal support in targeted nations along with foreign backing. Many Latin and Central American countries as well as European ones endorse the Trump regime's attempt to transform Venezuela into another US vassal state - to their shame.
The late William Blum documented how Washington toppled dozens of sovereign governments, assassinated legitimate leaders, removed others by coup d'etats, and reigned terror on every continent – an agenda more ruthless today than ever.
US policies are "worse than (most people) imagine," Blum explained. They include virtually every conceivable form of lawlessness and disdain for peace, equity and justice.
Researcher Dov Levin documented 81 times Washington meddled in foreign elections from 1946 – 2000 – since then in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Honduras, Paraguay, Brazil, and elsewhere, unsuccessfully in Venezuela, Ecuador, Iran and Russia.
America's agenda is ruthless – pressuring, bullying, intimidating and threatening nations everywhere to bend to its will.
It interferes in the internal affairs of virtually all other countries, including their elections, wanting their ruling authorities subordinating the sovereignty of their nations to US interests, independent ones targeted for regime change by color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, or imperial wars.
Democracy is the deadliest US export, tolerating what it's supposed to be nowhere, not at home or anywhere else, wanting subservient puppet regimes serving its interests everywhere.
Along with Iran, Venezuela is in the eye of the storm, illegal sanctions war raging against both countries, an attempted coup ongoing in the Bolivarian Republic.
In a nonbinding resolution, the EU parliament voted to recognize US-designated puppet/usurper in waiting Juan Guaido as Venezuelan interim president, his illegitimacy ignored. The vote was 439 in favor, 104 against, 88 MPs abstaining.
The resolution's text was virtually made in the USA, turning truth on its head, defending the indefensible, stating:
Venezuela's May 2018 presidential election was "conducted without complying with the minimum international standards for a credible process and failed to respect political pluralism, democracy, transparency and the rule of law…"
Fact: International monitors judged the process scrupulously open, free and fair. Jimmy Carter earlier called Venezuela's electoral system "the best in the world" - polar opposite the US money-controlled sham.
EU parliament: "(O)n 10 January 2019 Nicolas Maduro illegitimately usurped presidential power before the Supreme Court of Justice, in breach of the constitutional order" - a bald-faced Big Lie. Venezuela's Constitution refutes the above claim. Maduro fully complied with the nation's electoral laws.
EU Parliament: "(O)n 23 January 2019 the legitimately and democratically elected president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, was sworn in as the interim president of Venezuela, in accordance with Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution."
Fact: Guaido is a US creation, elected by no one as interim president. Nothing in Venezuela's Constitution justifies his appointment.
The UN, its Security Council, most of its member states, the Organization of American States, and the African Union oppose Guaido. Around 40 nations alone support him, mostly in Europe, Latin and Central America, their souls long ago sold to Washington, their sovereignty abandoned.
Russia, China, Mexico, South Africa, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Suriname, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Italy, Uruguay, and most African nations back Maduro's legitimacy as Venezuelan president.
EU parliament: "(C)asualties and serious human rights violations persist, resulting from acts of violence against and repression of social protests, illegal raids, arbitrary arrests…"
Fact: Violent protests were orchestrated by the CIA and National Endowment for Democracy mandated to eliminate it everywhere.
Police are defending ordinary Venezuelans from the onslaught, arresting criminals, nothing arbitrary about it, no illegal raids.
EU parliament: "(T)he EU has repeatedly called for 'the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela through a credible political process.' "
Fact: Around a dozen EU countries back US-installed puppet rule over Bolivarian social democracy they abhor, along with the rule of law they long ago abandoned.
EU parliament: "(I)n 2017 the European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the democratic opposition and political prisoners in Venezuela."
Fact: There is no so-called "democratic opposition, nor were individuals engaged in violence against the state imprisoned for political reasons.
EU parliament: "(T)he Venezuelan population is facing an unprecedented social, economic and democratic crisis…"
Fact: It was made in the USA, exacerbated by low oil prices.
EU parliament: "(I)international and regional partners, including the EU, have committed to help to create conditions for a peaceful, credible and inclusive political process among all relevant Venezuelan actors…"
Fact: Nations supporting the Trump regime's attempted coup back tyranny, not democracy.
EU parliament: Its majority members "(r)ecognize Mr. Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution, as stated in Article 233 thereof, and expresses its full support for his roadmap."
Fact: By every imaginable international and Venezuelan law, norm and standard, Guaido has no legitimacy. Guilty of sedition, treason, or both, he should be arrested, prosecuted, and held fully accountable for complicity with the Trump regime's attempted coup.
There's more in the resolution no responsible political figures would touch. The message of coup backers is clear - supporting power over principle, tyranny over the rule of law, fascism over freedom.
The fate of a nation hangs in the balance. Washington's rage to dominate all other countries threatens everyone everywhere, including life on earth.
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