The following articles make the case for opposing Trump’s moves against Venezuela’s government from different perspectives.
Revolution (revcom.us) 2/25/2019
U.S. Media and Democrats Obediently Line Up with Fascist Trump/Pence Regime on Regime Change in Venezuela
This weekend there’s been a drumbeat of coverage of the clashes on Venezuela’s borders with Columbia and Brazil. According to the U.S. media’s storyline and talking points from the fascist Trump/Pence regime, all trumpeted by major Democrat leaders: Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has been starving his people, and now, outrageously, he’s refusing to allow humanitarian aid—generously provided by the U.S. and its allies—into Venezuela. So everyone should get behind the righteous U.S.-backed effort to remove Maduro and install U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó,1 who represents “democracy” and the interests of the Venezuelan people.
The REALITY: The U.S. imperialists have been starving the Venezuelan people for the last two years with crippling economic sanctions. They’ve seized billions of Venezuela’s own funds, preventing its government from buying needed food and medicine. Outside the public view, the U.S. rulers talk to each other bluntly of accelerating Venezuela’s “collapse” even if innocent people die of hunger and disease. Trump is threatening Venezuelan military leaders with death if they don’t bow down to his demands.
Ariel Dorfman in The Nation 2/25/ 2019
Though I do not believe in ghosts or an afterlife, I have always felt the presence of the dead among us, their voices never entirely erased from memory. Meditating in Santiago de Chile upon the recent call by Donald Trump to the Venezuelan military to overthrow Nicolás Maduro, who, despite his many faults and mistakes, is the constitutional president of his country, I imagined how Simón Bolívar, known as the Liberator of Latin America, would have responded from the grave to the current crisis in the land where he was born in 1783.
Vijay Prashad at Common Dreams 2/12/2019
Since 1998, the United States of America has tried to overthrow the government of Venezuela. What threatened the government of the United States since then was the Bolivarian dynamic set in motion by the election of Hugo Chávez as president of Venezuela that year. Chávez won the elections with a mandate from Venezuela’s workers and poor to overhaul the country to tend to their long-neglected needs.
Venezuela, with the world’s largest proven oil reserves, had enriched the U.S.-based oil companies and its own oligarchy. Venezuela’s key oil minister in the early 1960s (and architect of OPEC—the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso rightly called oil the “devil’s excrement.” It promised so much and delivered so little. Chávez arrived as the embodiment of popular hope. He threatened the oil companies and the oligarchy, which is why the United States tried to overthrow him.