December 8, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos – translated from Mision Verdad
CARACAS, Venezuela – The summit of the twisted rhetoric was reached by Juan Manuel Santos himself: in recent days he assured that Venezuela is his “worst nightmare”. The agency EFE acknowledges that “in recent weeks he has hardened his speech against the government of Nicolás Maduro.” This gradual hardening of the Colombian President’s speech against the Bolivarian Government and its belligerence in the internal affairs of Venezuela is directly proportional to the failures of the Venezuelan right in its attempt to destabilize Chavismo.
His boldness in commenting publicly on the convocation to the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), its subsequent installation and the elections of the Venezuelan governorates, his “demand” for general elections in Venezuela and his questioning of the National Electoral Council (CNE), leave in ridicule to the Venezuelan opposition leadership, which seems unable to defend itself.
However, the first to launch this matrix against Venezuela was the Venezuelan Julio Borges, who earlier this year declared before the Colombian Senate that “as long as there is no democracy in Venezuela, the peace process in Colombia is in danger.”
The voice of the Colombian senator Iván Cepeda was the only one that rose up to dissent and to remember the debt of gratitude that Colombia has with the Venezuelan Government, according to his words, for his support to the peace process and to the Venezuelan people in general for hosting for years to millions of Colombians who have left the country fleeing poverty and violence.
In general, the idea that Venezuela is a threat to the entire region is based on the executive order signed by Obama in 2015, and is reinforced in August this year by the US vice president, pointing out that the country is a danger for the entire hemisphere. Of course, it is strengthened with the support of media such as the Nuevo Herald that they titled on the same date that the crisis in Venezuela is a risk for Colombia.
Basically, the matrices of opinion that have been installed to blame Venezuela for the failure of “post-conflict peace” are three:
1. “If there is an implosion in Venezuela, it is not that we are going to receive 500 thousand (people), which is what we have received, it will be millions and that will be a tremendous problem for the peace process and for Colombia in general” .
The first number of Santos is already uncertain. The alleged refugee crisis from Venezuela that would collapse the Colombian economy, and that Santos fears, supposedly starts with a first entry of 500 thousand people who, he says, have moved to Colombia.
But according to the Colombian migration department, 71% of the people who cross do so to make purchases, temporary jobs or visit relatives, and return to Venezuela almost in the same amount.
Another figure given by Colombian authorities says that 70% of the total number of people who come from Venezuela to settle there, were born in Colombia or belong to mixed families, so they would be Colombo-Venezuelan people, so we should talk about a return of Colombians and Colombians, more than a displacement.
The last curious fact is that, if the figure given by Santos and his representatives were true, that return would not even reach 10% of the Colombian level in Venezuela. What is incoherent is that a government that says it is willing to save the Venezuelan population from a supposed “humanitarian crisis” has not implemented through its consulates any special plan for that Colombian population that constitutes approximately one sixth of the population. of the population in Venezuela, can obtain food, personal hygiene items or medicines.
A responsible foreign policy on the part of the Colombian government would suffice as a contribution. The Colombian government does not serve its citizens abroad and at the same time fears that they will return massively to Colombia. The question is whether Venezuela is chaos and Colombia peace, why this massive return has not occurred.
2. “Chaos in Venezuela contributes to resurgence of Los Rastrojos de Colombia”.
Based on a recent study by the Ideas for Peace Foundation (FIP), entitled “Organized crime and armed saboteurs in times of transition”, this tendentious matrix emerges.
Certainly, this report describes how the strengthening of smaller groups of organized crime such as Los Rastrojos, can put in greater danger the supposed transition in Colombia and points to Venezuela as a compulsory drug trafficking route where this group has recovered and strengthened.
This foundation, formed by the Colombian business community with clear economic objectives on the new business of the so-called “post-conflict”, has support for its activities of the USAID, the IDB and the governments of Sweden and the United States, among others, for which The objectivity of their studies may well be questioned.
In addition, the export of paramilitaries to Venezuela has been planned and executed with the participation of the governments of Álvaro Uribe and Santos, some transnational corporations and, of course, the Venezuelan right. The latter uses them to support their territorial control operations called “guarimbas”, the resistance of the landowner mafia to the expropriation of their large estates decreed by President Chávez and the repeated attempts to carry out terrorist operations in Venezuela, such as the so-called Operation Daktari
The strengthening of Colombian paramilitarism is taking place within Colombia, occupying the territories abandoned by the FARC and imbricating itself more and more in the national economy and politics. Venezuela is clearly the victim of a paramilitary invasion from Colombia, not the victimizer.
3. “The serious institutional crisis that hits Venezuela has affected Colombian politics and threatens to contaminate the post-conflict climate between the State and the FARC and, above all, the dialogue with the National Liberation Army (ELN).”
On the contrary, the role of Venezuela in the agreement that was signed with the FARC was recognized by this guerrilla and by international organizations. For its part, the ELN has expressed that “the political conflict that Venezuela is going through deserves respect from neighboring governments, especially from Colombia, devoid of moral authority.”
Venezuela is one of the countries that, by mutual agreement between the ELN and the Colombian government, were countries that accompanied the dialogue process in search of peace and its role has not been questioned. Santos knows that Venezuelan participation is as fundamental to dialogue with the ELN as it was with the FARC.
The peace of Colombia has not yet begun to be built. The so-called “post-conflict” is only a partial reality in military terms. The real threats to this possibility of peace have to do with the historical contradictions that persist in Colombia and that position it geopolitically as a country without sovereignty at the service of transnational interests willing to implant violence throughout the region to control its natural and mining resources energetics
The Colombian government vehemently assumes the attack on Venezuela to continue to obscure its own internal conflict, justify its adhesion to NATO and a greater US military presence in its own borders, test its new military doctrine in situ, continue to boost the economy linked to war and drug trafficking, and continue receiving the millionaire contributions that the US has guaranteed in recent years.
The Amazonlog 2017 military exercise marks a new relationship between the US and Brazil that until now had been more resistant to being subordinated, and Venezuela is surrounded by no less than 15 US military bases that would finally cover the four cardinal points.
Even so, Colombia remains the political-military vanguard, geostrategically located to be the center of operations in South America, preventing the reconfiguration of leftist forces in the continent, defeating the Bolivarian Revolution and, in short, guaranteeing control. American military in the region, once it has lost its global economic hegemony to the emerging powers of China and Russia.
The peace of Venezuela is seriously threatened by this new stage of imperialism that requires even more weakened nation-states and an infinite war. With all its errors and weaknesses, the historical construction of the Bolivarian Revolution is not the only, but the largest and most strategic barricade set in the Caribbean to contain the violent advance of the country of James Monroe and give the entire region the opportunity to build their history in peace.