Watching the recent events unfold in Venezuela I was surprised to see that after all this time a lot of people still don’t realize and still aren’t able to see the hidden forces that are involved and are orchestrating all of the chaos in the country. You would think that after the CIA-backed coup d’état attempt against Chávez in 2002 — where there can be no doubt about USA and CIA involvement 1 — most people would have become a lot wiser and would be able to notice all the manipulation and deception going on. But it seems that the West is still able to deceive a good amount of the global population with the same imperialist tactics they’ve been using now for almost a century in many different countries around the world.
When you study the events in Venezuela, eventually you’ll be able to recognize the blueprint of the standard CIA operating procedure of first destabilizing and then taking over a country and installing a puppet government that looks after the interests of the neo-colonialists. They’ve been using the same blueprint for decades now in many countries around the world, including Suriname where I live. One of the reasons why I could easily recognize the blueprint they use is because I spent a lot of time researching the CIA’s involvement in Suriname in the early 1980s. From there I eventually saw that they used the same tactics in many countries in the region and around the world.
The USA and its CIA and other agencies are merely some of the working arms used by the global banking and corporate elite to forward their agendas (the World Bank and the IMF are other examples of such working arms). Whenever they identify resources that they covet in a specific country, which has a leader that looks after the interests of the local population and refuses to sell out, they switch to other covert and deceptive means to try and get what they want — which is always the economic plundering and exploitation of the country and its population. It’s really a modern form of colonialism through economic exploitation and taxation as I mentioned in a previous post about Income Taxation. This process is described in details by John Perkins — a former insider and now whistleblower — in his book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man“. 2
Because both President Chávez, and now President Maduro, were more concerned with the interests of the people in Venezuela (especially the poor), they refused to sell out to the international banking and corporate elite. As a result the USA and its CIA have been supporting and financing local oppositional groups in the country for years in order to destabilize the country. It’s no coincidence that the local oppositional groups in Venezuela are the rich families who stand to gain from selling their country out to the international financial elite; Perkins also mentions this. 2 You have to realize that the CIA always — ALWAYS — needs some of the local people in the country that will provide support and will eventually form a puppet government sympathetic with their imperialist agenda. If they don’t work with local people, it will be very obvious to everyone that they’re essentially annexing another country to add to their global empire. By working through local oppositional groups, they maintain the illusion that it’s the local people who are replacing their government and that the country remains independent. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth; once the puppet government is installed and the IMF and World Bank step in, it’s really the financial elite who call the shots while the vast majority of the population is exploited and the country’s resources are plundered.
In order to destabilize a country the elite use various tactics, which can include creating and funding insurgents, or crippling the economy through boycotts. If we look at the situation in Venezuela at the moment, then it’s obvious that they’re crippling the economy in order to destabilize the country. Very often a good amount of the local population don’t realize that it’s not their leaders that are to blame for the bad economy and scarcity, but that it’s actually the local elite backed by the global financial elite that are the cause of all the issues. The elite are the ones in control of local production and the money supply and can easily engineer an economic crises by lowering imports and production (and thus creating artificial scarcity) and contracting the money supply (creating a financial depression where there’s less money in circulation and people can’t buy what they need to survive). And right now this is also the case in Venezuela, as The Guardian observes: ‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’. Well, I’ve just explained it. 3 In addition, if the local population also allow themselves to be easily deceived by the media (also owned or funded by the local elite and frequently abused for propaganda) 4 or aren’t educated enough to understand the covert root causes of all the problems, then the only people they will blame for all the issues will be the current leaders/government of the country.
In this way the elite get the local population to wrongly blame and rise up against their own leaders and the country is further destabilized. The destabilization process is then led to a climax, where they organize massive strikes, get people to go on the streets, cause riots and instigate violence. The elite go so far as to even hire snipers and supply weapons to all the sides involved in order to get the situation to escalate so that the military can intervene and the government can be overthrown. We’ve seen that in Venezuela in 2002, but recently also in Ukraine where snipers were hired to shoot at both pro- and anti-government protesters. 5 As has been historically proven, the banking elite don’t pick sides and really don’t care about who dies; they will finance all sides that are involved in a conflict as long as it forwards their own agendas and helps them to profit.
Finally, as political pressure builds up against the local government while the situation continues to escalate, the leaders are then forced to step down in what is in essence a coup d’état. The local elite then seize control of the country and form the puppet government that’s really controlled by the global banking and corporate elite. The economic plundering, exploitation and enslavement of the country and its people can then begin. This process could clearly be seen during the failed coup d’état attempt against Chávez in 2002; watch the documentary “The Revolution will not be Televised” for details. Right now the same thing is also happening in Ukraine.
So the recent attempts in 2014 to destabilize Venezuela and to escalate the situation so that President Maduro is forced to step down must be seen in the above explained context. After Chávez’s death it seems that the financial elite wanted to try another attempt at taking control of the country, probably thinking Maduro would not be as strong as Chávez and would not be able to stay in power. But so far their attempts haven’t had the results they were hoping for. And although they still managed to deceive a lot of people locally and globally with their lies — including brainwashed university students who fail to see how they’re being manipulated and used by the elite — people are slowly waking up and are starting to understand the tactics of the elite and realize what exactly is going on.
Take this recent article on Global Research for example, which clearly points out what’s going on in Venezuela right now:
While the Obama Administration and capitalist news media want everyone to believe a repressive Venezuelan government is attacking peaceful protests, there are videos of protestors using fire and rocks against the police. The Merida state governor, Alexis Ramirez released aphoto on twitter showing one of the armed protestors. “The governor also alleged that one student who had been arrested claimed that he had been paid 150 bolivars by far right opposition leader, Villca Fernandez to protest. Almost all students protesting wore balaclavas.”
This is the general blueprint used for essentially the same brand of regime change in Libya adapted for Venezuela. Particulars between the two countries may be different but this general strategy of U.S. imperialism is the same. Imperialism uses hidden hands to instigate incidents in countries that take anti-imperialist stands. Then it uses its media and official spokespersons to make things look to the rest of the world as if they are other than they are, demonizing the actual victims.
A recording of a telephone conversation surfaced that appears to show two former right wing officials discussing or planning the implementation of the violence Wednesday, a day before it began. The two former officials – Fernando Gerbasi and Mario Carratu Molina – compared what was to come to April 11, a reference to the beginning of the 2002 coup attempt against former President Hugo Chavez, that was ultimately defeated by a massive popular uprising in defense of the socialist government.
The day things kicked off I was asked by a couple people, “What’s going on in Venezuela?” One added “Twitter ablaze with reports of protests, military crackdown, deaths, etc in Venezuela…anyone know what’s going on?” It is important to know and understand the machinations of imperialism so we are never caught off guard or fooled by its modus operandi or its propaganda.
It has perfected this regime change strategy of causing unrest in places to get the target government in question to react with violent repression. Then fanning social media and news media reports that accuse and depict said government of being the aggressor in the hope it can maneuver things toward their ultimate goal. Over the last decade or so we have seen this strategy attempted in Zimbabwe, Libya, Iran, and Syria.
So, “what is going on in Venezuela” is the typical attempts by neo-colonial, imperialist backed forces inside a country to seize power by destabilizing the country away from its revolutionary path and if possible create a pretext for more direct imperialist intervention. We see it over and over again in countries taking an anti-imperialist stand and asserting their sovereign right to national self-determination. Countries like Zimbabwe have so far been able to fend off such assaults. Others like Libya were not successful.
That’s the same process as described by former economic hit man John Perkins. 2
And then there’s this story on Democracy Now featuring an interview by Amy Goodman, with the following quotes from George Ciccariello-Maher:
Venezuelan Protests: Another Attempt by U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Groups to Oust Elected Government?
“Well, the Obama government continues to fund this opposition even more openly than did the Bush—than did the Bush regime. If you look at the budget there, you know, Obama specifically requested funding for these Venezuelan opposition groups despite—you know, despite anti-democratic activity in the past, despite the fact that López and others were involved in signatories of the coup in 2002 and engaged in violent actions that they were brought up on charges for in 2002. And so, for López to come now and to claim that he’s an actor for democracy in the streets is really quite—you know, quite laughable. But what he is trying to do is to really seize control of this opposition away from the more moderate elements.”
“The U.S. continues to fund this opposition. I think we’ll probably find out afterward, as we usually do, to what degree the U.S.’s hand has been actually involved in these processes. But the reality is this is a—this is a miscalculation by the opposition. I think it’s doubtful that the United States has told the opposition to take this tack, because it’s not a very strategic tack. But, you know, we know that this is an opposition that’s been in direct contact with the embassy, that it receives funding from the United States government. And so, this is—against the broad backdrop of U.S. intervention and the funding of the Venezuelan opposition, this is the action of an autonomous Venezuelan opposition that is going to, once again, it looks like, tear itself apart.”
Even the local middle-class population in Venezuela appears to have learned from the past and can now see what exactly is going on. The following quotes from an article on The Guardian illustrate this:
“Reality is distorted”
“Us Chavistas who support Maduro do not go out and protest because we are aware that the current problems arise from our internal contradictions, that is, we know that the dominant class remains the owner of the means of production and, as a result, is directly responsible for the current shortages. They are making sure that the scarcity of basic food basket goods becomes a source of anxiety and discontent among the population, in order to bring about the objective conditions for a coup d’état and thus restore their dominance on power.
During conversations with the different people who hop in my taxi, from your everyday workers to frequent international travelers, I listen to their points of view and each puts them forward according to their personal, especially economic, interests. Your more down-to-earth workers say they have been included through the social policies of today’s Venezuelan state, whether through free education, health, housing, sports and culture, without any distinction, as well as social security pensions, where I also find myself included, despite being an informal worker. Among the latter group, I sense a great deal of influence of the media’s negative portrayals: reality is distorted, overlooking information of events actually taking place in the country.” – Juan Contreras, taxi driver and grassroots organizer, Caricuao, Caracas
“We are not in opposition, as before, but are constituent power”
“[…] You think from your own reality without realizing that today, the popular (poor) sectors have direct access to the government. We are not in opposition, as before, but are constituent power. Probably when you read my answer you are going to say that I have been ‘co-opted’, but for the first time in my long life my opinion is heard by those in government. When we have something to protest against, individually or collectively, we look for a popular channel to express a policy change but, additionally, we are making proposals. The political framework of Venezuela is a participatory democracy, not only representative.
Unless we change the way we think we are destined and doomed to repeat the reality and we cannot transform our country. Venezuela needs to go through an educational process that allows the entire country to have the cognitive tools to carry out the cultural revolution that we need to exit the contemporary framework of global capitalism and build a socialism linking humans with their own power. I want an eco-socialist, feminist revolution that informs answers from our history and desires to depatriarchalise and decolonise us.” – Sandra Angeleri, ethnic studies professor, Central University of Venezuela
That people are starting to wake up and realize what’s going on exactly isn’t by chance. And it’s not just the people in Venezuela, but worldwide. With more and more people getting access to the Internet (The Global Brain) it will become increasingly more difficult for the financial elite to continue to deceive and exploit the global population. We’ve recently seen how their plans to invade Syria — which were based on lies about the use of chemical weapons — failed to succeed due to the fact that it has become “increasingly difficult to suppress” and control the “persistent and highly motivated populist resistance of politically awakened and historically resentful peoples” — as admitted by neo-colonialist Zbigniew Brzezinski. In other words, people all over the world are waking up to the truth, and that’s a big problem for the banking and corporate elite who want to control and economically enslave the global population. Due to the Global Brain their lies and mechanisms for enslavement are now being exposed faster than ever. 6
And so it appears that the smart thing to do for leaders all over the world is to see to it that every individual in their country has high quality access to the Internet so that they can inform and educate themselves on these and other topics, in order for them to become smarter and politically awakened. This should really be the top priority of every smart and capable government. A smart and politically awakened population can’t easily be deceived, manipulated and exploited by foreign powers. In addition, a smart and politically awakened population can also not easily be deceived, manipulated and exploited by their own government.
However, as we’ve recently seen with Venezuela, even if you have access to the Internet you still have to be very careful with where you get your information from because the elite will spread a lot of misinformation and disinformation as well. For example, when the recent protests started in Venezuela, a video purportedly made by a Venezuelan student living in the USA was released online putting the Maduro government in a bad light. That video went viral and got over a million views in just 3 days and fooled a lot of people into believing that all the problems in the country were to be blamed on the Maduro government. It won’t surprise me if the video got “helped” to reach that amount of exposure so quickly. Like I wrote in the past, be careful with where you get your information from, take the time do your own research, and most importantly, be critical and think for yourself.