News and opinions on the situation in Venezuela
Chavez does not take crap from the USA. You want to play hardball, go ahead!
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Bylined to: Oscar Heck
VHeadline.com commentarist Oscar Heck writes: I sometimes wonder what the people of the USA are thinking or feeling. I wonder if they are aware of what is really going on around them … or are they too busy working their rear ends off in order to keep up with the Joneses’ materialistic fantasy world which so many of them appear to be living in?
I don’t know if the majority of the people of the USA realize how deep they are in … and how much it will cost them … and how close they are to paying for their collective crimes against much of the rest of the world.
I wonder if they know (or if they really care) how their government uses coercion and threats to create more and more enemies … additional enemies which the people of the USA certainly do not need at this time.
According to several May 15, 2006 news reports, the US government has officially banned the sale of military equipment (weapons) to Venezuela, “accusing President Hugo Chavez of failing to cooperate in the war on terrorism and maintaining close ties to Cuba and Iran.” A little while back the US government also cut “economic assistance” to Venezuela because (according to the US government), “Venezuela was not doing enough to combat the trafficking of humans and illegal drugs.”
According to a Miami Herald report, “The ban includes US sales and licenses for export of defense articles and services to the oil-rich nation, State Department officials said, including arms that are produced by other nations but that contain U.S. technology. The United States had ceased selling new weapons systems some time back to Chávez, a harsh critic of President Bush, and has vetoed sales of military aircraft by Spain and Brazil to Venezuela because they contained U.S. technology. Officials did not clarify whether the new ban includes spare parts. Chávez has complained that the US government has held back on spare parts for his armed forces, especially several aged F-16 warplanes.”
Venezuela had bought military equipment from the USA in the past … and now, since the US government has decided that it doesn’t like Chavez, it decides to ban Venezuela from purchasing US-made military equipment, inventing ridiculous reasons to do so.
When the USA started making it difficult for Venezuela to acquire spare parts for their US-made military aircraft (they already did not like Chavez very much then), Venezuela turned around and began to make deals with Russia and Spain for the purchase of military equipment.
The US government did not like that … their tactics of coercion against Chavez did not work. Unlike former Venezuelan leaders, Chavez does not take crap from the USA. You want to play hardball, go ahead, we will deal with others who aren’t as arrogant as you are.
Tit for tat.
The problem with the USA is that they think they are the masters of the universe and that everyone will do as they say, or else. They give tit and do not expect tat … and this, as far as I can see, not only applies to the US government, but to many sectors of the USA.
Well, times are changing.
Hugo Chavez (Venezuela) will not do as they say, neither will Evo Morales (Bolivia), nor will Fidel Castro (Cuba), who has been successfully refusing to follow US bully-orders for over 40 years. Rene Preval (Haiti) may also possibly join the Three Musketeers.
Most of Central and South America and the Caribbean has traditionally succumbed to US threats, coercion and military aggression … forced at gunpoint and/or through socio-economic torture into obeying the whims of the USA, of its government, of its criminal leaders and of its collusive corporations-in-crime. Salvador Allende (Chile) was one of the first and few former Latin American presidents who dared to stand up against US orders … but look at what happened to him … he was ousted and assassinated through a USA-backed military coup on September 11, 1973.
Here in the Americas …
In the Middle East …
The ultimate realities here revolve around the fact that the Three Musketeers: Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, along with Saddam Hussein (Iraq) and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran) are not afraid to speak up against the USA and against their crimes and aggressions. They are not afraid to stand up for their own people … above and beyond the interests of the USA, even if the USA wields threats at them. They have guts … unlike the gutless, gun-toting USA.
It is ultimately about armed US arrogance and bullying…
…and the USA’s general disrespect and disregard for life as a whole…
…principally, its conscienceless crimes against innocent women, children and the elderly…
…the United States of America exploits, steals, kills and maims without conscience … and the above-mentioned leaders are not afraid of telling it as it is. Neither am I.
(Unfortunately, I believe that in general, the people of the USA will never fathom the depth of their crimes against other fellow human beings until it happens to them, to their women, to their children and to their elderly. In general, the people of the USA live in a world of lies and fantasy propagated by the same leaders which they elect, the same business people and professionals which they so admire, the same Christian churches which they belong to, the same schools which they hold in such high esteem and the same media and television which they are so addicted to.)
Now that the USA has officially put a weapons embargo against Venezuela, it means that the USA is preparing itself to attack Venezuela.
According to US “values,” whoever has the biggest gun gets the biggest part of the pie … and that is what counts. Big guns permit the USA to be arrogant and bullying, to abuse and rape the world at gunpoint … a typical street thug, a violent criminal.
If the USA did not have big guns to threaten people with, what would they be like?
The people of the USA are in deep … very deep … and it appears they are sleeping (or drunk or stoned) at the wheel.
The United States of America is creating more enemies by the minute.
Soon, very soon, the people of the United States of America … no matter how nice they are or how good their intentions are … will not be able to safely set foot in most parts of the world. And don’t blame the US government. It is the people of the United States of America who elect the US government and who allow their leaders to trod and plunge deeper and deeper into caca.
US arrogance goes far beyond inhumanity. The retribution goes far beyond hate.
(As I finish re-reading and correcting the last draft of this article I read an AP article published this morning, entitled, “Venezuela: US Arms Embargo Is Prelude to Invasion.” Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry says it as I see it: “These despicable accusations are based on a futile campaign to discredit and isolate Venezuela, to destabilize its democratic government and prepare the political conditions for an attack.”)
Oscar Heck has been a VHeadline.com commentarist for over 3 years and has contributed close to 500 articles. Born in Canada, Oscar has spent most of his life working as an executive recruiter and corporate investigator. He has traveled to 34 countries and lived/worked in 12, including Kuwait during the Gulf War (1991). Oscar’s love affair with Venezuela began 28 years ago when he first went to work as a missionary in the shantytowns (barrios) of Caracas and in the Barlovento area, east of Caracas. Over the years, Oscar has traveled and worked throughout much of Venezuela, living mostly in the barrios. Oscar’s strong anti-US-government stance stems mostly from his experience in the Gulf War and from his vast exposure to the inside workings of large corporations. His strong pro-Venezuela stance stems from his love for the Venezuelan Pueblo and from his unwavering belief that Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s current President, is taking positive steps toward enhancing the lives of the traditionally exploited, abused and excluded 80% majority. Oscar is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
You may contact Oscar at firstname.lastname@example.org