Stop Suffering: The Insolent Plant

1 Venezuela in 1902 was blocked by the three most powerful imperial powers. England dominated more than half of the Earth’s surface. Germany was spreading by linking the scattered Teutonic states, establishing colonies in Africa, by conceding to the mighty Ottoman Empire, which occupied what is now the Middle East. Italy was trying to colonize the Black Continent and America. The three encircled our seas with an impenetrable wall of fifteen battleships and 15,000 sailors, cannoned our shores, destroyed our fledgling navy and looted towns. Easy seemed to dismember Venezuela and spread its offal, but they did not make it. Why?

2 Every progressive project advances by using the contradictions among the dominant powers. Our Independence began by taking advantage of the quarrel between England and France, in the course of which Bonaparte occupied Spain. Cipriano Castro used the struggle between the United States, aspiring to the hemispheric hegemony of the Monroe doctrine, and the European powers, who sought to recolonize Latin America and the Caribbean. The Northern Colossus forced the complainants to withdraw and review their alleged abeliefs, which were reduced to one-sixth. A century goes by, and America’s now declining might collide with Russia’s military strength and China’s economic dominance. The possible veto of both in the UN Security Council has so far prevented direct and open military intervention against us. Let us use this confrontation wisely, without subordinating ourselves to any of its parts.

3 Every progressive project faces the aggression of existing powers. The Soviet Union was declared war on the day of its creation, with fourteen countries, including the United States. China was assaulted with a bloody civil war and Taiwan’s secession, and for decades was denied access to the United Nations. They blocked Cuba and only managed to make it more resilient. A blockade of nearly a decade was put in place against Iraq, resulting in a balance of 800,000 lives, more than the losses of the senseless war against Iran and repelling the American invasion. It approaches the balance of the Spanish Civil War and exceeds ten times that of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. We commemorate the first victims of the atomic apocalypse with dread: for those of the genocidal blockade, there is nothing but forgetfulness.

4 Since the last century, the main victim of any conflict has been the civilian population. To victimize it, against Venezuela, the United States unleashes mass larceny. Latest News reports on May 24, 2019 that at the request of the US half a hundred foreign banks have blocked accounts for $5,470,030,645. Supported by that country, a criminal catches the Venezuelan facilities of the oil company Citgo. The Human Defence Network is home to US$117.11 billion in economic losses caused by the US criminal attack on the Venezuelan people, enough for the importation of food and medicine for 26 years for the entire population. In their report “Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela,” Mark Weisbrot and Dean Baker estimate that the fatal victims of the blockade against Venezuela are more than 40,000. Chancellor Jorge Arreaza cites the figure without rebutting it. The calculation is based on alleged increases in the rate of deaths not attributable to any other cause. But these are not based on official figures, but on estimates of two private NGOs, which lack the means to keep detailed records on the subject, and which could be influenced by the opposing plan to pretend that in Venezuela there would be a humanitarian crisis, to legitimize the intervention and disintegration of the country. It is the government’s duty to return to the annual publication of death rates and their causes, as well as true figures of emigration and economic damage, to avoid exaggerated speculation in one sense or the other.

5 There is no use for blockades that do not end in war, and the open war against Venezuela seems to be in turn blocked by the diplomatic, commercial and military presence of Russia and China, now the United States is trying to block the world, surely because no one has informed that it is no longer the first global economic power. China devalued its currency to facilitate its exports; in retaliation Trump punished imports of Chinese goods with tariffs of 10% and threatened to block countries using the yuan as a reserve currency; China in turn canceled its imports of soybeans and other agricultural products from the United States, causing an unprecedented drop in Wall Street and world stock exchanges. It is not the same to attack a small country as to the first economic power of the planet, which also holds 30% of America’s ruinous external debt, of more than 100% of that country’s annual GDP.

6 Any progressive project resists to the extent that it succeeds in unifying. With his rumbling proclamation “The Insolent Plant of the Foreigner has desecrated the sacred soil of the Fatherland”, Cipriano Castro summoned one hundred thousand volunteers to defend it: among them the peaceful Doctor José Gregorio Hernández. Unbeatable at sea, aggressor crews would have been swept away by putting insolent plant on the ground. Today, those projecting to invade Venezuela seek to split it using foreign paramilitaries, vernacular terrorists, stateless politicians, nationally conscientious businessmen, separatist ethnic movements and supposed revolutionaries who support neoliberal policies. The military civic unit has so far prevented the fragmentation that would pave the way for foreign intervention. Let’s unite even more. Venezuela extends the hand of friendship to all countries: none will be tolerated by an insolent plant that desecrate the sacred soil of the Fatherland.

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