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Will Venezuela end up like Syria?

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The lessons in Syria should be an eye-opener for the Venezuelan ruling regime and the right-wing opposition, says Ronald Benjamin.

Would Venezuela end up being another Syria? It has been reported in the media, that President Trump is contemplating military intervention in Venezuela in the name growing humanitarian crisis.

This sounds parallel to what happened in Syria where trying to save the civilian population ended up in supplying arms to rebels to topple president Assad – and the war continues to this very day without concrete national solutions in sight.

It is due to Russia’s backing of President Assad that has put the brakes on a full-scale invasion of American forces.

Millions of people have lost their lives from the excesses of the Syrian regime, which is aligned to Russia, Iran, Hizbollah, and rebels who are aligned to the United States, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Those who benefited from this civil war were arms dealers – and that’s besides a game of geopolitical chess to ensure regional and global dominance in the context of greed for resources and the security of the Zionist state.

There are various issues that need to be taken into account in the dangerous Trump presidency as he plots against resource (oil)-rich countries like Venezuela. Trump came to power on the basis of bringing back American jobs to the United States, opting out of a climate change treaty, and promising to build a supreme military.

Trump’s political rise has basically empowered the deep state plutocrats who control the oil industry and the military establishment to set its foothold on resources globally and geopolitical military strategies like the arms supply that would indirectly create jobs for the American people. His cabinet is made up of billionaires who are directly or indirectly connected to the military and the oil industry, which are against climate treaties.

The United States arms industry would tend to profit from a civil war in Venezuela, besides installing a right wing puppet regime that would listen to their dictates. Latin America has been in the forefront of resistance to American hegemony for a long time with the election of left-wing parties in the past decade, and the crisis in Venezuela is a trump card that is ready for use. Venezuela is rich in oil, and many US oil companies would prefer a friendly regime to exploit it. Such an evil plot should be resisted by Venezuelans.

Therefore, it would be wise for Venezuelan President Madura to embark on dialogue with the opposition and work for the common good of his nation going beyond ideology, before it reaches the stage of a civil war. The recent creation of a constituent assembly has made things worse as the voice of dissent has been delegitimised.

When institutions of governance close themselves to public accountability, they open themselves to foreign interference. This is evident in war-torn countries like Iraq and Syria, where internal weaknesses of autocratic governance have been exploited by Western nations using humanitarian issues as a basis to support invasion and rebellion.

The right-wing Venezuelan opposition and those who dissent out of legitimate grievances should keep in mind that the American plutocrats of a deep state are not interested in the common good of the Venezuelan nation. They are there to exploit the situation of the Venezuelan people for its own strategic benefit. What the Americans want is a leader who would cooperate with their agenda in terms of military support, the exploitation of Venezuelan oil and the reshaping of the Venezuelan economy through neoliberalism.

Dialogue without foreign interference is the way forward for Venezuelans. Honest peace brokers are required to facilitate dialogue, and certainly the United States is not an honest broker. The lessons in Syria should be an eye-opener for the Venezuelan ruling regime and the right-wing opposition. It is hoped Venezuela would not turn out to be another Syria.

Source: themalaymailonline.com

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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