Chavez Tells Venezuelans to Prepare for WarVenezuela's President Hugo Chavez has told his citizens to prepare to defend their nation against an attack from the United States, after talks broke down with US oil companies over control of the vast Orinoco bitumen fields.
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has told his citizens to prepare to defend their nation against an attack from the United States, after talks broke down with US oil companies over control of the vast Orinoco bitumen fields.
Powerful oil companies have invested billions to extract oil from the bitumen, which is a heavy tar high in sulfur and heavy metals. While production costs are higher than most oil fields, the vast amount of bitumen makes the fields potentially very lucrative. The oil companies are certainly not going to walk away from their investments and possibly the world’s largest recoverable oil reserves without an alternate plan to regain control of the fields.
Chavez said Venezuela was already in “asymmetrical warfare” with the US. “It’s not just armed warfare, I’m also referring to psychological warfare, media warfare, political warfare, economic warfare,” he said.
Chavez is telling the truth. The US was certainly behind an unsuccessful 2002 coup attempt to oust Chavez and has been funding anti-Chavez programs ever since.
On September 22nd, 2006 US General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, claimed regarding Venezuela “…we need to be alert to the fact that there are forces brewing right now that are not friendly to the United States…together we need to do something about it.”
Venezuela will not be easily put down by the US military. The country has recently purchased billions of dollars worth of new weapons from Russia that includes 53 military helicopters, 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles and 24 SU-30 Sukhoi fighter jets. Chavez is attempting to strengthen an alliance with Russia and may purchase advanced air defense systems and perhaps even submarines.
A Venezuelan alliance with Russia could certainly pose a serious issue to the US. Relations between the US and Russia are rapidly shifting back to a cold-war mentality due to American aggression and Russia’s new independence as the world’s largest energy producer. A defense pact between Russia and Venezuela could mean a potent enemy in America’s backyard.
If the US does indeed attack Venezuela it could ignite a war the US can’t win. After decades of suffering at the hand’s of America’s military dictators and death squads, most Central and South Americans have had more than enough of the northern bully and Chavez could likely raise a substantial anti-Gringo army. Any short-term military victories by the US would be meaningless in a long-term guerilla war. The US should have learned in Vietnam that it can’t defeat a a highly motivated opponent. Too many people are willing to fight for their freedom and justice and the US is certainly the oppressor.
If you would like to support peace and democracy please educate yourself about what is really going on and then educate others. Only through education and awareness can a different reality be manifest.
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