In the present circumstances, one can only be for or against peace, one can only be for or against war,” said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez during a press conference on February 20, when he mentioned the crucial time in which the region is living in the face of the U.S. threat to invade Venezuela and thus, these are moments in which “the observance, the validity of the principles of international law, of the United Nations Charter are decided; It is decided that the reason for a government’s legitimacy lies in the support and vote of its people; where it is decided that no foreign pressure can replace the sovereign exercise of self-determination”.
Rodríguez said this six days after the revolutionary government of Cuba warned on February 13 of the interventionist intentions of the United States, and among other details he mentioned the movement of military transport planes from U.S. bases where special forces and those of the Marine Infantry are stationed, utilized “for covert actions, even against leaders of other countries”.
In this instance, he was referring to the flights that arrived between February 6 and 10 at U.S. military bases at Rafael Miranda Airport (Puerto Rico); San Isidro Air Force Base (Dominican Republic), and other bases in the Caribbean, in as well as denouncing in detail the series of pressures and actions by the government of Washington in preparation for a military venture disguised as “humanitarian intervention” in Venezuela, preparations that continue, recalling that President Donald Trump had affirmed that “all options are open”.
Returning to the government’s communiqué, the Chancellor stressed that we are witnessing “the fabrication of humanitarian pretexts by setting a deadline to impose the entry of “humanitarian aid” through force, which in itself constitutes a contradiction of purpose: It is not possible that truly humanitarian aid rests on violence, on the force of arms or on the violation of international law, an approach that is in fact a violation of international humanitarian law”, and he reminded that Cuba supports the efforts initiated by Mexico and Uruguay and others that pursue a path of peace and dialogue, calling on the international community to mobilize to prevent any intervention that is in the hands of U.S. fundamentalists and will affect all of Latin America.
This warning was in advance of the threat of President Donald Trump’s government against Venezuela, who during a “conference” at Florida International University in Sweetwater, Miami on February 19, was highly eloquent, precise and brutal.
He called on the Venezuelan military to betray their homeland, threatening them in a childish way that they would lose “everything” if they continued to support “dictator” Nicolás Maduro and, amid other astonishing comments and threats, he said that “the days of socialism are numbered, not only in Venezuela, but also in Nicaragua and Cuba”, by playing the game of the “cold war” in the times of the filibusters. The empire was naked showing its decrepit face, its absolute decadence.
Chancellor Rodriguez rejected Trump’s attempt at intimidation and noted that U.S. analysts had estimated that Florida’s discourse was electoral, also trying to intimidate Democratic (U.S.) leaders, voters, especially young people dissatisfied with the system, who were accused by the president of wanting to install socialism in that nation.
For Rodríguez, Trump’s main “theoretical contribution” in his speech was the incorporation of McCarthyism into the Monroe Doctrine, in defense of a single imperialist power, “to which he added an extreme anti-communism, visceral, old-fashioned, fundamentally obsolete, anchored in the Cold War.
The Armed Interventionists
In addition to the Cuban government’s denunciations of aerial traffic in the Caribbean, journalist Tom Rogan, in his article “U.S. military power is silently concentrated near Venezuela,” published in the Washington Examiner on February 15, wrote that the U.S. government deployed two of its aircraft carriers, the Theodore Roosevelt and the amphibious landing ship USS Boxer, which carries on board the 11th. Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The nature of the MEU “would represent an appropriate balance between dissuading Nicolas Maduro’s regime and threatening invasion,” said Rogan (La Iguana TV).
Also in the last few days various media confirmed the departure of an Attack Group with aircraft carriers off the coast of Florida in a fleet consisting of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (cvn-72), a missile cruiser, class Ticonderoga USS Leyte Gulf and four destroyers class Arleigh Burke USS Bainbridge, USS Gonzalez, USS Mason and USS Nite, besides a frigate of the Spanish navy Méndez Núñez.
A Real Threat or a Game of Deterrence?
Meanwhile, large U.S. military planes established a corridor to Cúcuta, the Colombian-Venezuelan border, allegedly loaded with tons of “humanitarian aid”, with great publicity, while on January 10 the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, confirmed the allegations of political and social movements about the transfer of powerful helicopter artillery arriving from the United States to the base that this country has established in the Darien, a province bordering Colombia.
Varela declared that on January 4 he had traveled to Florida to meet with the head of the Southern Command, Craig Faller, at his headquarters, of course without parliamentary permission and virtually in secret.
The United States has Venezuela surrounded by military bases in Colombia, Aruba, Peru, Paraguay and other Caribbean islands, and troop movements have been reported in the mountainous Montes de Oca, Colombian department of La Guajira. On February 11, there were constant arrivals and departures of U.S. airplanes and war helicopters in that area, with drones taking photos of Venezuelan territory and the arrival of armored equipment at the U.S. air unit.
The Venezuelan government has denounced at the time the presence of paramilitary organizations from Colombia in the border with Venezuela, which have committed a number of violent crimes and illegal actions, and this is also cited in the so called Master Plan.
“Masterstroke” of the Southern Command, was devised when Admiral Kurt Tidd was still commander of the Southern Command, in February 2018. Some paramilitary organizations -also registered in the Master Plan- are cited: El Clan del Golfo, Los Uribeños, Los Rastrojos, Las Águilas Negras, experts in assassinating social leaders and indigenous leaders.
Similar groups, such as the Venezuelan Radical Resistance, or the so-called Jesuit Resistance of Israeli origin, have also been located, especially in the states of Zulia, Táchira, and Apure, with commandos operating around the Tienditas international bridge.
Analysts look to the borders with Brazil: Roraima, Manaos and Boavista, especially after for the first time in history a Brazilian Army general – in this instance General Alcides Farías Jr., who heads the brigade command in Ponta Grossa, Paraná state – was appointed to join the Southern Command as deputy commander of U.S. forces. This has provoked a crisis in the military sector in that country, since, as the Brazilian newspaper Valor states, Farías could find himself in charge of an intervention in Venezuela, since he would be assigned to Fort San Houston, destined to participate in those actions.
Former Foreign Minister and former Defense Minister Celso Amorim said this will serve to legitimize an eventual military intervention by the United States in Latin America and the Caribbean, and confer on a unit of that country a role similar to that of NATO, without any treaty having been signed with that objective.
Trump’s threats to the Venezuelan military were a boomerang because the military felt aggrieved and humiliated and gave a clear answer and they will show themselves to be absolutely willing to defend their homeland.
This war adventure threatens the entire region, but also the United States itself and is reflected in the resistance of various political and even military sectors of that country to this bravado of Trump. In spite of the media war, which is part of this scheme of asymmetric, hybrid warfare, or whatever name one wants to give to this obvious attempt at colonial war of appropriation of resources and territories.
However, it is necessary to emphasize something that is more robust, and that is the power of resistance.
Translation by Internationalist 360°
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