It not only about the Oil. North Korea , a number of African Countries , Afghanistan along with those Countries in Latin America are being targeted for ALL of their resources. Mining Companies long ago tapped out all of the high grade ores and now find ROI dropping because it takes ever more in the way of investment to get the ore out of lower grade deposits. While this happens in the Oil industry as well the fact remains that Gold, Iron , Silver , Coltan and resources too limited to mention are in ever shorter supply and the system of Capitalsim that relies on resourse extraction to fuel “Growth and jobs” devours itself.
In relative terms , Venezuela has not been heavily explored fro resources when compared to other Countries. Nor has Afghanistan been. Sub Saharan Africa becomes a major supplier of these resources and Afghanistan sits on a mountain of mineral wealth.
China knows this. Russa knows this. The USA knows this. The EU knows this. Canada knows this and all of them or in a race to see which faction will dominate those few remaining resources. This is Colonialism at work. These are resource wars. This is about stealing the resources of Venezuela and ensuring that someone other then the poor peoples of Venezuela profit off those resources. The loyalty of “The whiter more Civilized” peoples in Venezuela will be bought with some of those monies going into their pockets.