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Why Venezuela Is the Vietnam of Our Time

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/16/why-venezuela-vietnam-our-time

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Starving the people of Venezuela of the necessities of life in order to overthrow their government is not a strategy.

It’s a cruelty that is redefining the American people.

We are now living in a time when almost every single person that we all know, is supporting this type of “schoolyard bullying” behavior that has led to the Empire Building, Regime Change military tactics that have defined other aggressively murderous nations as well as ours.

Our family members, our workmates, even our friends who will “never” admit to being a part of this cruel aggression, will refuse to look past the two political parties who have dominated our political system for over two hundred years, to find a group that represents those who value "People, Planet, and Peace Before Profit."

Perhaps, ultimate war “is” the answer.

Once the human race is extinct, it’s for certain what will remain won’t fuck up anything like mindless humans have.

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“Perhaps, ultimate war “is” the answer.”

Always, I hearken back to Dr. King’s address of April 4, 1967, “War is not the answer.”

“Somehow this madness must cease. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam and the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop must be ours.”

Don’t make Venezuela the Vietnam of our time.

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Venezuela is the Vietnam of our time is the title and the point of this article IS exactly that! It states that since the loss of the war waged in Vietnam, this country has developed a hybrid war which includes killing the populace of a country by cutting off of necessities for life and promoting internal strife and bitter global disagreement over its politics. While the armed forces are not presently bombing the country to smithereens, Venezuelan lives are being destroyed.
Despite these tactics the spirit of the Venezuelan populace who have felt a taste of freedom under the Bolivarian Revolution, results in their belief of resistance against the pressures of imperialism.

Venezuela with its beliefs of freedom must be destroyed because it is the antithesis of ruling bankers and other corporate elites.

From the final paragraph:

“The people of Venezuela must be made to suffer. But, for the majority of the world’s people, we would do well to remember the words of Che Guevara reflecting on Vietnam: “How close and bright would the future appear if two, three, many Vietnams flowered on the face of the globe … with their repeated blows against imperialism, forcing it to disperse its forces under the lash of the growing hatred of the peoples of the world!” Venezuela is today’s Vietnam.”

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(With a bit of sarcasm)

I imagine that progressive people on these forums want Venezuela to be the Vietnam of our time - that defeats the American imperium; yet another defeat pushing back against ‘capitalism’ and ‘imperialism’, and ultimately defeating it.
(/ sarcasm)

Celina della Croce lets her anti-Americanism get so far ahead of her composition that she makes several errors of fact in her article, hurting her credibility.

A very obvious one was Italian Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) in an Italian prison during WWI. It could not be a fascist prison because Mussolini and the Fascists didn’t take power until 1922, after WWI. Or rather, according to Wikipedia, he was imprisoned starting in 1926, after WWI.

From the article
“On April 30, 1975, the United States learned an important lesson. The capture of Saigon by the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) would mark the defeat of the world’s most powerful military force by an army of guerrilla fighters.”
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“The guerrillas possessed a key weapon that the U.S. did not: the support of the people.”

Several errors in those statements. The NVA/PAVN did use guerrilla war to outlast the US, but it was straight conventional military conquest that ended the war with a win for the North.

Likewise, the Viet Cong ceased to have any role after the defeat of the Tet Offensive in 1968. As marked by the fact that not a single leader of the Viet Cong had a role in Vietnam’s government after final reunion-by-conquest in 1975. As marked by the fact that the war ended by conquest by an outside armed force, with no noticeable rallying-in-their-support from the South Vietnamese public. As marked by the masses of boat people fleeing South Vietnam after its conquest.

And I note that the Peoples government of Vietnam has never held a free and fair competitive election since 1975. Its leaders do not seek the approval of the people. It is like most every dictatorship, where the next leadership mostly rises according to its loyalty to the current leadership, rather than for representing the people.

From the article
" To avoid another embarrassing defeat, the United States would need to win over hearts and minds."

Winning the hearts and minds was one of the buzzwords of the Vietnam war, along with our supposed failure at doing it. ‘Hearts and Minds’ was the theme of the Kennedy era of the war. Celine della Croce gets her timeline all confused.
– BTW, I read a few years ago a statement that the South Vietnamese are grateful that we tried, even though we ultimately failed. (Another one of those news stories that I should have noted the headline, author, when etc. at the time.)

From the article
“Forced for centuries to develop its economy around the export of a single primary commodity—oil, in the case of Venezuela—the country is heavily reliant on the import of basic consumer goods, such as food and medicine.”

Another timeline error. Oil has been an exportable good for only one century, not plural centuries. Ditto for copper in the case of Chile, tin in the case of Bolivia, coffee in the case of Colombia and Brazil, etc. As for why Venezuela is heavily dependent on importing basic consumer goods, a more plausible case blames their government’s mismanagement of the economy, which was masked for several years by the ability to import those goods with oil money.

From the article
" In the words of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research Director Vijay Prashad, “[t]his Revolution [has] crafted new hopes for millions of people, and they will fight tooth and nail to defend not this or that reform but the great horizon of freedom that has opened before them.” "

Once upon a time that was true. Once upon a time the opposition did not dare send organizers into certain barrios. The situation has changed. Was it because the government’s policies have been shown to be failures, or because of US interference? ? See
Wall Street Journal Wednesday 3-20-2019 page A1 ’ Venezuela’s Poor, A Maduro Powerbase, Turns on Regime / Support plunges amid food shortages and deadly police violence’

Other articles since the beginning of the year document that the only thing propping up Pres. Maduro are about 20,000 Cuban agents, who have completely infiltrated the armed forces, and whose policing has thwarted all coup attempts so far, and who have organized ‘collectivos’, Venezuela’s version of Third Reich Germany’s einsatzgroups, who do the oppressing of the people that the military won’t do.

As I see it, we are in a kulturkampf. But it is not ‘capitalism’ vs. ‘socialism’. It is mostly ‘freedom’ vs. 1984 style oppression in the name of ‘socialist liberation’.

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I do hate being labeled

If war is the answer, change the question.

Good comment. But mostly, I was thinking that Venezuela is not being invaded by 150k US troops, being bombed with more bombs than used in all of WW2, killing 3-4 million, and especially, the incompetent and corrupt Maduro is no Ho Chi Minh.

Today’s G.I.'s will have to find out the replacement words beau coup, and boom boom.
When I was in Nam it didn’t sink in that profiteers were rampant.
I WAS in awe of the amount of material we used, the amount of food served, and the cost of that and the machines. Guns, tanks, boats, trucks, personnel carriers, ammo carriers, etc.

That the people of Venezuela deserve better is undoubtedly true. That U.S. policies had in the past been one of imperial colonial thuggery were true. That we lost to determined, capable fighters in Vietnam was also true. What is usually missing in your standard left wing rant on Venezuela is that the current government wouldn’t know socialism if he steps in a puddle of it, and there is nothing in these robbers of oil wealth and more to recommend them to any decent person. Venezuelan soldiers will fold like a house of cards in record time; Vietnam was at least an enemy whose valor one can respect.

The author should at least visit this wonderland of valiant socialist fighters.

Maduro is not as “incompetent and corrupt” as he is besieged by the US. He is still supported by the poor, if not by the white elites. Lots of propaganda in the US media.

this scummy article is horribly dishonest if not downright delusional.

what a crock of shht