RNA – Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, who until recently was chairing the National Assembly of Venezuela, introduced himself as the president of the South American country alongside his supporters and was sworn in.
This move by Guaidó has many domestic and international supporters and opponents, such that Donald Trump, who was pleased with the chaos in Venezuela, quickly recognized the Venezuelan opposition leader as the country’s official president and, as a result, his allies, including Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador and Panama, backed Guaidó and countries such as China, Russia and Iran opposed him.
The developments in Venezuela are debated and discussed by Hujjat al-Islam Aref Ebrahimi, a researcher and scholar in the Islamic Seminary of Qom, in the following article for Rasa News Agency.
1. The actions of the United States and its allies in support of the opposition leader of Venezuela are considered to be an intervention in the internal affairs of the country and in fact it can be considered as resistance by a popular government against the greed of the imperialists.
2. During the presidency of Hugo Chávez, the United States opposed Venezuela for its stance against imperialism and hegemony and this opposition rose during the presidency of Nicolás Maduro such that that White House officials could not keep silent about this and thus, they pursued a coup d’état in this country.
3. Venezuela has a strategic and geopolitical position in South America, and also in Latin America, and with the arrival of Hugo Chávez, Venezuela has played a very significant role in the politics and economy of the continent. The United States was furious with Chávez’s actions because it could not advance its policies in Latin America and thus, he took every step possible to harm Chávez, eventually killing him through poison.
4. The United States didn’t allow Maduro to continue Chávez’s policies and with the direct and indirect support of his opponents, they sought to launch a coup d’état and internal dissension against him.
5. The White House officials also made a lot of effort to reduce Venezuela’s international and political power at the level of Latin America such that that several powerful states that backed Venezuela until yesterday became the enemies of this country due to the planning and intervention of the United States and pro-American leaders and opponents of Chávez’s ideas were brought to power in Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador.
6. The United States imposed strict sanctions on Venezuela in order to make the people dissatisfied with Maduro’s rule and didn’t allow the sale of oil, which was the main source of capital for the country and therefore, the living standards of the people fell sharply and Venezuela was hit with severe inflation.
7. In contrast, Maduro tried to save the country from the problems with the support of domestic and foreign support. Therefore, in domestic politics, he prevented the deaths of his people due to hunger by distributing food baskets and in foreign policy, he repeatedly made trips to various countries from east to west and from north to south, but only a few nations, such as China, Russia and Turkey agreed to cooperate and support him.
Over the past few decades, the United States hasn’t spared any country from its direct and indirect intervention and clearly calls for the world to follow it. Therefore, in every country where there is popular government, Washington immediately plans and schemes to overthrow it and form a puppet government which follows its policies. The plundering of national resources and the absolute adherence to their policies are two of the United States’ main goals in invading other countries and therefore, we see the presence of the United States from the West to the East and from the North to the South.
But a notable fact is that the fate of the countries that followed American policies or allowed them to intervene is somewhat similar to each other. Civil war, insecurity, instability, a dependent and unorganized economy, humiliating behaviour by politicians and the people and increasing poverty are among the cornerstones of the results of American intervention in various countries. For example, this can be seen on different continents, including Afghanistan in Asia, Libya and Sudan in Africa and many Latin American countries in the Americas.
The people of the world, especially Venezuela, must be vigilant about the cruel and abusive policies of global imperialism and not allow their national and popular governments to be changed into puppet regimes.