Trump Regime Intends Forceful Takeover of Venezuela
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
US governance under Republicans and undemocratic Dems is fascist wrapped in the American flag.
Deep-seated fascism flourished under the Clinton co-presidency, Bush/Cheney and Obama, worst of all ongoing under Trump regime hardliners.
Their agenda is the most ruthlessly dangerous in Western societies since Mussolini's power grab and Hitler's dictatorship.
Noted journalist George Seldes long ago explained what he called "big money and big profits in fascis(t)" America. He called weapons and munitions makers "merchants of death…(T)he healthfulness of the(ir) business depends on slaughter. The more wars," the more riches.
In his 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here," Sinclair Lewis saw it coming, led by a charismatic, self-styled reformer/populist champion, a con man exploiting conditions of the times.
His fictional character promised to restore prosperity equitably, his diabolical agenda tied to corporate interests and religious ideologues.
His presidency featured militarism, unconstitutional governance, military tribunals for dissenters called traitors, concentration camps for political enemies, state terror against opponents, and unchecked dictatorial powers.
It can happen anywhere, anytime. Political demagogues and their supporting cast take full advantage. It's ongoing in America under both extremist right wings of duopoly governance.
They consider world peace, equity and justice heresy. Political scientist Bertram Gross earlier called what's going "Friendly Fascism" in his book by this title.
He described a powerful "drift toward greater concentration of power and wealth in a repressive Big Business-Big Government," Big Brother alliance.
It heads the nation "toward a new and subtly manipulative form of corporatist serfdom." Its friendly face belies its dark side harshness, targeting all sovereign independent governments and activist opponents for elimination.
Fascist America is defined by endless wars of aggression, color revolutions, and old-fashioned coups like what's going on in Venezuela - sanctions war, violence and chaos made in the USA, establishment media supporting what demands denunciation.
America is a democracy in name only, a gangster state run by bipartisan criminals, masquerading as the country's political class, preying on weaker nations, wanting them smashed and dominated, serving privileged interests exclusively.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that Trump regime hardliners decided to topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro forcefully, saying:
"There are…signs coming from Washington about the possibility of using force in order to overthrow the legal authorities, including through direct military invasion."
"This is actually being spoken about openly in the White House. I would like to recall that this kind of statement from the mouth of American officials is a direct violation of Article 2 Par. 4 of the UN Charter, ordering all UN members to refrain from the threat or use of force in international relations," adding:
Trump regime hardliners (Pompeo, Bolton and Abrams, DLT going along) decided to topple Maduro by brute force. "(E)verything else is nothing more than a covering operation."
They urged Venezuela's military to rebel. "Washington has turned to direct threats of sanctions to the Venezuelan military, who remain loyal to the legitimate government."
"That is just a different, new reading of the 'carrot and stick' approach. On the one hand, they threaten potential punishment. On the other hand, they promise a potential reward."
Much depends on what happens going forward. The fate of the hemisphere's most democratic nation hangs in the balance.
US imposed tyranny threatens it. The nation's military is no match against the Pentagon's might. Millions of Venezuelans wanting to live free from the yoke of America's repressive boot need international help.
It's what peacekeeping is all about. Russia, China, and other countries supporting Venezuelan sovereignty, against the Trump regime's coup attempt, should mobilize and deploy forces to defend the country in its time of need.
Putin intervened against US-supported terrorists in Syria, changing the dynamic on the ground.
Challenging US state terrorism against Bolivarian social democracy, the Venezuelan people, and their fundamental freedoms may be the only way to prevent Washington from gaining another imperial trophy, including control over its world's largest oil reserves, handing them to Big Oil for looting, transferring the nation's wealth abroad.
If US rage for dominance over planet earth, its resources, and populations isn't forcefully challenged, we all may end up dead, or wish we were if forced to live under the yoke of fascist tyranny - a lower level of hell Dante forgot.
A Final Comment
Retired dissident Venezuelan Colonel Oswaldo Valentin Garcia Palomo was arrested last week, trying to reenter the country from Colombia, caught with incriminating contraband in his possession.
On Thursday, Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said he plotted a military coup against Maduro, operating cross-border, working in cahoots with the Trump regime.
He admitted involvement in the US plot to overthrow Maduro, adding Trump officials are "planning a military operation against Venezuela in 2019," according to the country's Interior Ministry.
Maduro's communications chief, Lt. Col. Ovidio Carrasco, was also arrested days earlier - for involvement in a US plot to assassinate Maduro.
Most nation nations oppose or haven't expressed support for the Trump regime's coup attempt. It's essential for them to act against it.
There are times when action alone can work. This is one of those times!
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