US Aid Trojan Horse to Subvert Democracy in Venezuela: Scholar
- March, 06, 2019 - 17:31
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The so-called US aid to Venezuela appears to be a Trojan Horse funded by Washington to subvert a democratic-elected government in the Latin American country, an American scholar and political commentator said.
“The ‘humanitarian aid’ gambit very much appears to be a Trojan Horse. The drivers could be assassins, the goods being brought in could be armaments, and the entire exercise could be to function as the tip of a spear striking the heart of Venezuela,” James Henry Fetzer told Tasnim.
He added, “How embarrassing that the US, which claims to promote freedom and democracy around the world, is, once again, as in the cases of Syria and of Ukraine, subverting democracy”.
James Henry Fetzer is an American philosopher of science. He is an editor at Veterans Today and co-founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
The following is the full text of the interview:
Tasnim: Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a US-sponsored resolution at the United Nations Security Council, which called for early presidential election in Venezuela amid ongoing unrest in the Latin American country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other senior US officials, however, have repeatedly said that Washington "will take action" in support of anti-government protesters amid clashes between them and Venezuelan police. What do you think?
Fetzer: The cynicism of the United States in moving for new elections in Venezuela boggles the mind. Nicolas Maduro is the democratically-elected President of the country, reelected to a second term with 60% of the vote to 20% for his nearest competitor. Jimmy Carter, who knows something about politics, was there and said it was a clean and fair election--even "the best in the world!" How embarrassing that the US, which claims to promote freedom and democracy around the world, is, once again, as in the cases of Syria and of Ukraine, subverting democracy.
Tasnim: Russia has warned that the United States is using humanitarian aid to instigate a “dangerous provocation” in Venezuela by arming the country's opposition while moving its own forces closer to Venezuelan borders in preparation for a military invasion. What are your thoughts on this?
Fetzer: The "humanitarian aid" gambit very much appears to be a Trojan Horse. The drivers could be assassins, the goods being brought in could be armaments, and the entire exercise could be to function as the tip of a spear striking the heart of Venezuela. When the crisis appears to be manufactured--especially, as in this case, by outside intervention, especially in the form of US sanctions--the "solution" may be a subterfuge. That seems to be the case here: the vanguard of an invasion.
Tasnim: China has also said that the "so-called aid" should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence. What’s your take on this? Will the US finally intervene militarily in the country?
Fetzer: Venezuela has perhaps the largest oil resources in the world. The US has made its practice to exploit the natural resources of other nations for the benefit of US and multinational companies. John Perkins, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN, has a book about it that everyone should read, explaining how the IMF and World Bank are used to hook developing nations on projects they don't need, in order to extort them for resources at bargain-basement prices when they find themselves unable to cover their debts, then sending in the jackals (assassins and saboteurs) before calling on the Marines. We seem to be getting closer to that end.