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A message to the interventionists and Venezuelan traitors to their homeland


VHeadline commentarist Carlos Herrera writes: Make no mistake, the hundred of thousands of Venezuelans from all corners of the country, who support the Bolivarian Revolution, their President Hugo Chavez … and who are in the streets of Caracas today in a gigantic march to defend the national sovereignty … will not hesitate to take up arms and join with our armed forces to defend themselves against ANY imperialist pretensions. Whether it be to overthrow the democratically-elected government or to annex our oil and gas reserves.

The enemies are not new - the Colombian and Venezuelan oligarchy with their interests tied with the northern empire.

We are not talking about the Colombian or North American people who are as peace-loving as we are … but of the governments of Uribe and Bush and the transnational interests of the USA.

If there is an armed conflict in Venezuela, rest assured that the traitors to the “Patria” (homeland) who have been calling for intervention from the United States for five years or more will not escape the wrath of the common people.

When Chavez returned to Miraflores in the small hours of 14th April 2002, the “first and most important thing” he said was, “that everyone (still in the street) should go home.”

Why did he say this?

He was afraid that the millions in the streets would destroy the urban areas where the rich and well-off live who had backed the Carmona coup.

Historically, the common people initially led by Boves in 1814, set out to liquidate the oligarchy of the day, the “mantuanos.” Even though Boves was Spanish, he rallied the masses to commit the wholesale slaughter of the “mantuano” class, since the masses were seeking social equality and freedom from 300 years of oppression. Thus, their enemy were the mantuanos and not the Spanish empire … at that point in history.

According to the ex-president of the Dominican Republic (the late Juan Bosch) in his excellent historical work “BolÝvar y la guerra social” (Bolivar and the social war), he maintains that one of the main reasons why Bolivar decided to lead the liberating independence armies of Venezuela to the south … finally to Alto Peru, nowadays modern Bolivia … to free other oppressed nations, was so that they would not liquidate the ruling classes in their quest for justice and equality by initiating another social war as in the “A˝o Terrible” (Terrible Year) of 1814. Bolivar sensed that this thirst for revenge was still unabated in the masses, so the only solution was to lead them on to liberate Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

Bolivar was first a “mantuano” due to his wealth and social class and then a revolutionary after the loss of the II Republic in 1814, when he realized that he had to have the support of the masses to defeat the Spanish imperial power. However, he soon realized that the masses still regarded the ruling mantuanos as their main enemy, and not the Spanish crown, after the liberation of Venezuelan in June 1821 at the battle of Carabobo.

The realization of who is the real enemy to social justice, freedom and self-determination is still in the collective memory of the millions of Venezuelans living in poverty.

Since 2002, their democratic will has been continually disrespected by the Venezuelan and Colombian ruling classes … as well as the US … by constant attacks on the revolutionary process backed by their votes, and the President they have chosen to lead it.

Any further major “problem” on the scale of the 2002 coup of the oil industry sabotage (especially it involves the fascist boot treading on the sacred soil of the homeland), could trigger a backlash not wanted by anyone.

History often points to the future and repeats itself.

Uribe could be Santander, Bush Monroe and Chavez…?

The latter does not need naming but his dream has the cornerstone in place of South American unity against the imperialist exploiters and murderers of the north, symbolized by George W. Bush and his administration of virtual “oil tycoons.”

The Venezuelan people does not need to be told to defend its country, and will take up arms spontaneously, when required. Memories of what happened on April 12-13 (2002) as well as in the first weeks of December in the same year have been conveniently forgotten by the international agitators.

Just as Bolivar almost disregarded the motivation of the 19th century masses to rid Venezuela of the mantuanos … when he was thinking of expelling the Spanish imperialists … the present day destabilizers do not simply understand the history of the Venezuelan people … or the latent historical forces in their collective memory that will drive them forward in the case of any sort of foreign intervention.

Carlos Herrera

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