What you are about to read is a real life horror story. It is a tale of tear gas, bloodshed, and fascists burning a black man alive; it is a tale of overwhelming imperial aggression against a people who pose no threat to their invaders, a calculated strike of pure barbarism that would give Attila the Hun pause and Andrew Jackson the willies.
It is the story of Venezuela, America’s newest undeclared war, and the unholy beasts Uncle Sam is paying to win it.
I have suffered deeply to bring you this story, and have prescribed myself a regimen of back-to-back hyssop baths in an effort to purge away any negativity such coverage might bring. Four spirits freshly summoned from the graveyard hang around the house now, watching me type every word and pulling me back to reality each time I break off into maniacal laughter; when they do I write down Psalm 35 on a small piece of paper and eat it, a backwoods technique to preserve one’s sanity I learned from a one-eyed Seminole woman in a town called Okahumpka. She chuckled then, calling me “wee hatke-hajo” and assured me I’d need it in my chosen line of work.
How right she was. To be a journalist requires not just the ability to sense bullshit but to breathe it, to inhale it, to filter particles of truth from the same fumes designed to dull the senses and demolish the mind. You gain a taste for the stuff and can pick up the scent for miles away, a mutant creature let loose to devour all that is terrible and wrong in the world; like a water moccasin you swim towards everything dangerous in an effort to kill it first.
The current cloud surrounding the troubles of Venezuela might be the purest strain of the stuff I’ve yet to encounter. As far as I’ve seen no Anarchist has sufficiently tackled the subject, no reporter has followed all the evidence, and no soul has yet to fathom the macabre timeline that awaits millions of people if the United States wins.
Lord, how long will you look on? Let those who rejoice at this misfortune be disgraced and humiliated; let those who exalt themselves over it be clothed with shame and reproach! Let us peer deeply into the rat nest that is a capitalist-run press and the lies they package as truth.
“For they do not speak in friendly ways,
but contrive deceitful schemes against those who live peacefully in the land.” – Psalm 35
Everywhere the well-paid chimps in the American press corps are bemoaning the “dictatorship” in Venezuela and their “ruthless” punishing of peaceful protesters. On your TV’s and wrapped in suits worth more than our apartments Americans are being led to believe a new Saddam Hussien lurks just below the equator, killing hundreds of people with his dreaded Leftist ideas. Headlines like “A socialist revolution can ruin almost any country” or “Venezuelan socialism still a complete disaster” only help to convince the average simpleton that Venezuela’s problems are ideological and not international in character. The going narrative is that Socialism has destroyed Venezuela and the people now want to be free, that the young man doing a hitler salute is only there because his favorite ceral is no longer on the shelves.
Nothing could be further from the truth and the American government knows it.
Venezuela’s economic woes are by design and have American fingerprints all over them. Anybody else notice how cheap gas is nowadays?
“Starting in 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia flooded the market with cheap oil. This is not a mere business decision, but a calculated move coordinated with U.S. and Israeli foreign policy goals. Despite not just losing money, but even falling deep into debt, the Saudi monarchy continues to expand its oil production apparatus. The result has been driving the price of oil down from $110 per barrel, to $28 in the early months of this year. The goal is to weaken these opponents of Wall Street, London, and Tel Aviv, whose economies are centered around oil and natural gas exports….
Writing for Townhall in 2014, Michael Reagan bragged that his father did the same thing to hurt the Soviet Union during the 1980s:
‘Since selling oil was the source of the Kremlin’s wealth, my father got the Saudis to flood the market with cheap oil. Lower oil prices devalued the ruble, causing the USSR to go bankrupt, which led to perestroika and Mikhail Gorbachev and the collapse of the Soviet Empire.’”
Venezuela’s oil revenues account for about 95 per cent of export earnings and around 25 per cent of gross domestic product, making this an aimed economic attack against a country the US has tried to destroy many times before. If there was any doubt the roving shithawks of American Imperialsim were responsible you’d only need to hear a recent interview done by the current head of the CIA:
“So I want to be careful with what I say but suffice to say, we are very hopeful that there can be a transition in Venezuela and we the CIA is doing its best to understand the dynamic there, so that we can communicate to our State Department and to others. The Colombians, I was just down in Mexico City and in Bogota a week before last talking about this very issue trying to help them understand the things they might do so that they can get a better outcome for their part of the world and our part of the world“
Remember: these are the same horsefuckers that compare themselves to the manufacturers of poison gas used in the Holocaust and literally said their “real job was to kill as many Communists as possible.” When they say “better outcomes” and “understanding the dynamic” you can be sure it means torture, mass death, and the supremacy of the United States above everything else.
Ever the example that Capitalists act as a class, American-backed companies are gleefully adding to the crisis. Heinz employees are claiming the company’s factories are capable of operating at full capacity to meet the country’s shortage of certain food items—but that the owners do not want that to happen. Bridgestone, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, Ford Motor Company, and Kimberly-Clark Corp number among other American companies mysteriously slowing production in Venezuela due to “business concerns” while the Japanese-run Toyota continues to chug along just fine. A “bosses strike” has even been called, management locking up industries and refusing workers the ability to slow down a catastrophic economic collapse.
Here it is, a full-blown class war, naked as sunshine and for all to see. The Plan? A combined pincer strike of fixed markets and shortages of essential goods, one causing the economy to turn into a boiling pot of rage and hate for whoever was in charge. Where have we seen this before?
“The situation on the ground today in Venezuela, in particular the shortages of basic goods, is in some respects analogous to the conditions leading up to the 1973 coup against the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende in Chile. A major tactic of the right-wing Chilean opposition and the Nixon administration was to ‘make the economy scream’ by provoking food shortages, a truckers strike, and mayhem in the streets. Researcher Peter Kornbluh, in The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability, summarizes declassified cables that indicate in the days preceding the overthrow of Allende a terrorist paramilitary group and a ‘large segment’ of the business community were ‘undertaking actions to increase discontent and incidents of violence…in order to create an atmosphere in Chile which would be propitious for a military coup.”‘
It’s a winning strategy and Uncle Sam will take it all the way to make it a success. In the 1970’s the CIA went so far as to pay workers in Chile not to work with the equivalent of $40,192,000 dollars, all to exacerbate shortages and manufacture a crisis capable of overthrowing the government. But just as in the past you need someone on the ground to really get things crazy, and a white guy with a boston accent sticks out like a preist at a boy scout jamboree. You need local help, the kind of hellish beasts hopped up on ideology and with a foaming desire to kill so common to the Right.
Meet the “protesters” so beloved by the American media…