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Venezuela: Machinations for an Aggression

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Venezuela: Machinations for an Aggression

There is a real threat of aggression against Venezuela and its people in which a series of elements seem to lead to that end, or at least something is being plotted, according analyses on different developments.

A series of events might lead to that result, as shown by facts. However, Venezuelans, with a strong civic-military unity, are preparing themselves to counter any adventure and in an extreme case, they will wage the entire people’s war against any foreign aggression.

In several military exercises, such as Zamora 200, held in early 2017 with participation of 76,000 troops from the National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB), 102,000 militiamen and 400,000 citizens, the people’s army has shown citizens’ strength with a high mastering of technique, modern weapons and, above all, efficient preparation for combat.

A modern air force, armored vehicles, missiles, including the Pechora ballistic system, and nearly 562 aircraft, naval and ground means showed a powerful Army, which must call on the supporters of an aggression to reflection, as they have ignored the call for dialogue from Miraflores, the headquarters of the Chavista government

According to the defense Minister, General-in-Chief Vladimir Padrino Lopez, the Zamora 200 Exercise of Integral Anti-imperialist Action, must call on the enemies of the Venezuelan people to reflection, because Venezuela, if an aggression takes place, will be an uphill struggle. Nevertheless, some foreign and domestic sectors continue their machinations against the constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro.

For example, the meeting held on April 14 by U.S. President Donald Trump and former Colombian Presidents Alvaro Uribe Velez and Andres Pastrana Arango was conspicuous.

At the meeting, which took place in Trump’s mansion in Mar-a-Lago, in the state of Florida, they undoubtedly talked about Venezuela and, according to a tweet from Pastrana, it was a cordial meeting and a frank conversation on the problems and prospects of Colombia and the region.

Why Pastrana and Uribe? The two conservative politicians contributed to the Colombia Plan, a deadly dagger stuck in that South American nation’s soil to pave the way for Washington to dominate a region.

All six U.S. bases in Colombia, according to reports, will provide logistic support to local paramilitary drug-trafficking groups to wage the war against the neighbors. They will be the ones who will create chaos to ‘justify’ Washington’s ‘humanitarian’ intervention, in which others, like Brazil’s Temer and Argentina’s Macri, would be the accompanying band, the experts say.

It is a fable that can become a reality. It is an issue for analysis, although regrettably, there are no reports on what was discussed in Trump’s mansion, at a meeting that the White House denies.

However, no one better than Uribe, who conspires with Venezuela’s right-wing opposition, to guarantee a part of the aggression plan, due to his links with Colombian paramilitary groups.

Coincidentally, that meeting was prepared by U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, and the main topics under discussion were the implementation of the agreement between President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), drug trafficking and the situation in Venezuela. What a coincidence! Rubio is the main advocate of Venezuela’s violence in Washington.

In May, President Santos will meet Trump. It will be a problem for him, because his two compatriots paved the way for his host by providing him with the necessary reports for that part of the plot against Venezuela.

However, there is more. In that confabulation, many warn that there is a huge possibility that Venezuela is intervened militarily by the United States, and in that plot, the pressure being exerted by the U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil carries heavy weight.

Some analysts say that the U.S. firm left Venezuela with nothing when it was headed by the incumbent U.S. secretary of State, Rex Wayne Tillerson.

Allegedly, the former executive director of the world’s fifth largest company, considering its capitalization of the market, is still thinking about revenge.

Parlasur Lawmaker Oscar Laborde stated another issue for analysis in an article published in Contexto, according to which, ‘the White House wants the armies of Argentina and Brazil to be its accomplices in an intervention in Venezuela.’

The article contains elements that denounce President Mauricio Macri’s submissiveness to Trump. ‘Macri wanted to give Trump a gift by presenting a resolution by the Argentinean Congress against Venezuela, but the draft bill failed,’ Laborde noted.

According to the article, ‘Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, Brazilian coup leader Michel Temer and OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro, from Uruguay, seem to be competing to become the main representative of Washington’s interests in the region.’

Other reports say that Argentinean soldiers would support an invasion of Venezuela. Where they will come from? No one knows, because it is not explained in the story.

However, Laborde notes that the meeting between Macri and Trump provides much material for analysis. The commitments made by the Argentinean president in terms of defense align the country in a dangerous axis whose consequences may even involve the national Army in the White House’s plans of military intervention in Venezuela.

There is another topic for analysis that has not been highly publicized but it is very dangerous. The Brazilian Army invited U.S. troops to participate in an unprecedented military drill in the Amazonia, on the border shared with Peru and Colombia, according to the Ministry of Defense, which assured that there are no plans for the installation of a U.S. military base in that region.

It is Temer’s gift to Trump to tune up the necessary elements for an intervention against the constitutional government of President Maduro under the cover of a ‘humanitarian crisis’.

The alleged operational objective of the ‘exercise’ along the border that separates Brazil, Peru and Colombia is to strengthen ‘the multinational quick response capacity, especially in the field of humanitarian logistics and the support for the fight against transnational crime,’ the Brazilian government said in statements quoted by BBC.

These maneuvers are scheduled for November, will be carried out some 700 kilometers from the border between Brazil and Venezuela, and are expected to last ten days, according to military sources. It is very conspicuous at a time when actions against the Venezuelan government have escalated.

It is impossible to figure out how many troops, military equipment, logistics and communications means will be available against Venezuela.

It is no longer a fable, it is a real threat against Bolivar’s people and against the entire Latin America, a region that has been consecrated as a peace zone.

According to high-ranking Brazilian officers, the operation aims to strengthen ‘the multinational quick response capacity’, a pretext to hide the military aggression against Venezuela.

However, Venezuelans are strengthening their civic-military unity and, as seen, they are willing to defend the country to the last consequences, because, according to people in general, they will not surrender and they are willing to make the organizers of the adventure pay a high price for it.

By Luis Beatón/Prensa Latina

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