The ironies of the Venezuelan opposition, part 10
The ironies of the Venezuelan opposition, part 10March 28, 2013 � Sabina
Howdy, folks. In today�s episode of VenOpIron�a, we get something really
interesting: an opposition deputy giving an interview not only on state TV
(VTV), which allegedly �censors opposition voices�, but he reveals
something the Chavistas among us have already long known or at least
suspected. And it�s a source of great consternation, at least for him. So,
let�s hear what he has to say:<http://www.aporrea.org/actualidad/n225770.html>
*Opposition deputy Ricardo S�nchez, who withdrew his
the right-wing presidential candidate on Tuesday, accused Henrique Capriles
Radonski and his campaign command of trying to use student groups only to
create violence and thus destabilize the country.*
�We uphold the right to protest. What we don�t uphold is trying to
manipulate the movement, like they did in
to generate situations with lamentable outcomes,� S�nchez said during an
interview on VTV�s Dando y Dando.
�There were interests and actors who wanted to take advantage, and we
prevented that from happening. We want to prevent what happened to us from
happening now to the young people. They�re trying to use the students as
cannon fodder in a plan that began on March 12. A plan of agitation, with
demonstrations in the regional seats of the National Electoral Council, in
an attempt to discredit the electoral system.
The plan �has an international component with the
the US Undersecretary of State, Roberta
trying to use the parliamentary tribune so that they can attack Venezuela
from abroad. Now we see deputies of the National Assembly traveling out of
country to contribute to that component, which is trying to clear the path
for the non-recognition of the electoral process.�
S�nchez revealed that �they talk without batting an eye of producing an
event in which the aspirations of the �Sim�n Bol�var
come about, so they advance a plan of
During a speech in the state of Zulia, which was televised, Capriles said:
�A young adult who is now 18 years old grew up with this [Bolivarian]
project, and has gone astray because of this project, not through any fault
of his mother or his father.�
*S�nchez responded: �The one responsible is Henrique Capriles Radonski. In
everything the student movement did, during the year 2007, we never saw
[the opposition leaders] Julio Borges, Henry Ramos Allup, or Capriles
Radonski. It�s really irresponsible, daring to say that we have to
contradict the revolution with someone else�s skin.�*
Translation mine. Linkage added.
I�ve added the links so you can see exactly what�s going on here. This is
an old, old tactic of the State Dept., one that hasn�t changed since Dubya
tried and failed to derail the Bolivarian project of Hugo Ch�vez in the
noughties of this not-so-�American� century. It�s still trying to use the
�student movement� of the Venezuelan opposition (the oligarchy, really) to
generate violence, as they did in 2007, when Chavecito was re-elected to
his third term. The violence is not the product of �insecurity�, as it is
often presented. It is orchestrated and directed all the way from
Washington, and its purpose is to derail the Bolivarian Revolution, so that
all the good it has done can be undone as quickly as possible.
Of course, there are several things wrong with this plan. Let�s examine
them one by one.
Firstly, the Bolivarian Revolution did not begin with Hugo Ch�vez, it is
not limited to him, and it will not die along with him. We are talking here
about a liberatory struggle that is no less than 200 years old. *Es larga,
la lucha.* Generations of Venezuelans (and other Latin Americans too) have
fought and died defending their country against foreign direction and
interference, be it from Spain, from Britain, or from the United States.
Their fight did not end when Bol�var died; it had then only just begun.
What makes ignorant, ahistorical pipsqueaks like Roberta Jacobson think
it�s going to end now that Ch�vez is physically dead? It didn�t start when
he was first elected in 1998, nor when he launched his failed
civilian-military uprising in 1992, nor even when he was born in 1954. This
revolution began when Sim�n Bol�var took up his sword against all empires.
And by all empires, I really do mean ALL of them�including the
sneak-thievish capitalist pillaging made possible by the Monroe Doctrine.
Bol�var saw that one coming, too. And generations of Venezuelans have
heeded that warning, and taken up the fight again and again. If anyone at
the State Dept. thinks they have decapitated a snake and that the path is
once again clear for whatever, they are in for a helluva shock. They are in
a battle with nothing less than the collective spirits of two centuries of
revolution. Good luck fighting against that!
Of course, they�re also dumb enough to think they can appropriate the name
of Bol�var, to slap that on their sham of an opposition campaign, and
basta. (Jorge Rodr�guez made fun of that, and I found it pretty funny
And therein lies another snag. The people of Venezuela are all literate and
educated now, thanks to Chavecito�s efforts (and the tremendous support of
Fidel Castro, who furnished the teachers). They have become intensely
familiar with the reality of what Bol�var strove for, and they aren�t
stupid. They won�t be fooled by this transparent bit of crapaganda that
Capriles has put on. And apparently he knows it, too; hence the plans for
But here, too, the plan hits a snag. As Nicol�s Maduro himself noted the
there is no taste for violence among the Bolivarians. He feared a second �
Bogotazo <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogotazo>� following the death of
Chavecito; that never came. Venezuela is not Colombia. History demonstrates
as much; the betrayal of Bol�var by Santander prefigures all the profound
differences between the two neighbor countries that exist today. Colombia
seems condemned to violence as a direct result of that historic curse.
Venezuela has taken a different path. Chavecito�s death, while every bit as
tragic and untimely as that of Jorge Eli�cer
has NOT unleashed mass riots and decades of civil war. Nor will it, ever.
That�s because, unlike Gait�n, Chavecito had power and time enough to put
all the crucial and necessary constitutional changes into place, so that
his country would be not only transformed, but *able to go on transforming
itself without him.* And in turn that is because, of the two countries,
Venezuela is and has long been the more rebellious. While the one falls
easily to every manipulation the gringos devise and has dissolved into
violence as a result, the other resists and, oddly enough, remains at peace
from within, even despite profound internal changes. Venezuela is ready to
take its own reins in hand and rebuild itself; Colombia, if it goes on as
it has done up to now, may never get there. In fact, Colombia suffers more
with Ch�vez dead, because he has done more than any of its own politicians,
with the honorable exceptions of Piedad C�rdoba and Gustavo Petro, to
secure peace between the government and the FARC, and to bring about
peaceful transformation from within.
But of course, the State Dept. is tone-deaf to all this; its own actions
reveal as much. It�s had to let the Venezuelan opposition import right-wing
paramilitaries from Colombia <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/4521> in
repeated efforts to destabilize Venezuela, all to no avail. The Bolivarians
have not fallen to the provocations as expected. They have maintained their
composure. Time and again, with and without Chavecito, they have stood
their ground peacefully, and laughed as the destabilization plans, one
after another, lost their wheels and veered off the road, coming to rest
ignominiously in the ditch.
This one is bound to fare no differently. After all, the functional
definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again,
expecting the results to just miraculously change. And yet, the gringos
think the Bolivarians are crazy, for repeatedly electing and re-electing a
certain brown-skinned working-class campesino from the plains who used to
be in the army, and getting *good* results out of him?
The irony of all this may be lost on the State Dept., but it isn�t lost on
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