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The Triumph of Evil

The Triumph of Evil

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts:


Today (April 17) I heard a NPR “news” report that described the democratically elected president of Venezuela as “the Venezuelan dictator Maduro.” By repeating over and over that a democratically elected president is a dictator, the presstitutes create that image of Maduro in the minds of vast numbers of peoples who know nothing about Venezuela and had never heard of Maduro until he is dropped on them as “dictator.”

Nicolas Maduro Moros was elected president of Venezuela in 2013 and again in 2018. Previously he served as vice president and foreign minister, and he was elected to the National Assembly in 2000. Despite Washington’s propaganda campaign against him and Washington’s attempt to instigate violent street protests and Maduro’s overthrow by the Venezuelan military, whose leaders have been offered large sums of money, Maduro has the overwhelming support of the people, and the military has not moved against him.

What is going on is that American oil companies want to recover their control over the revenue streams from Venezuela’s vast oil reserves. Under the Bolivarian Revolution of Chavez, continued by Maduro, the oil revenues instead of departing the country have been used to reduce poverty and raise literacy inside Venezuela.

The opposition to Maduro inside Venezuela comes from the elites who have been traditionally allied with Washington in the looting of the country. These corrupt elites, with the CIA’s help, temporarily overthrew Chavez, but the people and the Venezuelan military secured his release and return to the presidency.

Washington has a long record of refusing to accept any reformist governments in Latin America. Reformers get in the way of North America’s exploitation of Latin American countries and are overthrown.

With the exceptions of Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua, Latin America consists of Washington’s vassal states. In recent years Washington destroyed reform governments in Honduras, Argentina and Brazil and put gangsters in charge.

According to US national security adviser John Bolton, a neoconservative war monger, the governments in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua will soon be overthrown. New sanctions have now been placed on the three countries. Washington in the typical display of its pettiness targeted sanctions against the son of the Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. https://www.rt.com/news/456841-bolton-russia-venezuela-threat/

Ortega has been the leader of Nicaragua since for 40 years. He was president 1985-1990 and has been elected and reelected as president since 2006.

Ortega was the opponent of Somoza, Washington’s dictator in Nicaragua. Consequently he and his movement were attacked by the neoconservative operation known as Iran-Contra during the Reagan years. Ortega was a reformer. His government focused on literacy, land reform, and nationalization, which was at the expense of the wealthy ruling class. He was labeled a “Marxist-Leninist,” and Washington attempted to discredit his reforms as controversial leftist policies.

Somehow Castro and Ortega survived Washington’s plots against them. By the skin of his teeth so did Chavez unless you believe it was the CIA that gave him cancer. Castro and Chavez are dead. Ortega is 74. Maduro is in trouble, because Washington has stolen Venezuela’s bank deposits and cut Venezuela off the international financial system, and the British have stolen Venezuela’s gold. This makes it hard for Venezuela to pay its debts.

The Trump regime has branded the democratically twice-elected Maduro an “illegitimate” president. Washington has found a willing puppet, Juan Guaido, to take Maduro’s place and has announced that the puppet is now the president of Venezuela. No one among the Western presstitutes or among the vassals of Washington’s empire finds it strange that an elected president is illegitimate but one picked by Washington is not.

Russia and China have given Maduro diplomatic support. Both have substantial investments in Venezuela that would be lost if Washington seizes the country. Russia’s support for Maduro was declared by Bolton today to be a provocation that is a threat to international peace and security. Bolton said his sanctions should be seen by Russia as a warning against providing any help for the Venezuelan government.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and vice president Pence have added their big mouths to the propaganda against the few independent governments in Latin America. Where is the shame when the highest American government officials stand up in front of the world and openly proclaim that it is official US government policy to overthrow democratically elected governments simply because those governments don’t let Americans plunder their countries?

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How is it possible that Pompeo can announce that the “days are numbered” of the elected president of Nicaragua, who has been elected president 3 or 4 times, and the world not see the US as a rogue state that must be isolated and shunned? How can Pompeo describe Washington’s overthrow of an elected government as “setting the Nicaraguan people free?”

The top officials of the US government have announced that they intend to overthrow the governments of 3 countries and this is not seen as “a threat to international peace and security?”

How much peace and security did Washington’s overthrow of governments in Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, and the attempted overthrow of Syria bring?

Washington is once again openly violating international law and the rest of the world has nothing to say?

There is only one way to describe this: The Triumph of Evil.

“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” — William Butler Yeats

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Sally Snyder

Here is an article that looks at the close relationship between Venezuela and Russia:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-close-connection-between-russia-and.html

The ongoing battle for control of Venezuela is looking increasingly like a fight for control of the new multipolar world order.

Helga I. Fellay
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Helga I. Fellay

Has it occurred to you that the only reason the “close relationship between Venezuela and Russia has developed only as a consequence of US aggression and war against Venezuela? In the same way a close relationship between Syria and Russia has only developed as a consequence of the US war against Syria by the US Empire, when towards the end President Assad was forced to ask Putin for help against the US Empire. Russia has no interest in Venezuela’s oil as Russia is oil-rich itself. It is the US that wants to plunder Venezuela’s oil.

Olivia Kroth
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Regarding the relationship Russia-Syria, this is not quite so. Russia and Syria are next door neigbours and have a longstanding cooperation, which officially started in 1944, when the US regime did not even know where to locate Syria on the map. Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Syria were established in July 1944. An agreement was signed in February 1946, ensuring Soviet support for Syrian independence ahead of the evacuation of French troops in April 1946.The French Protectorate of Syria ended in 1946. In 1971, under an agreement with President Hafez al-Assad, the Soviet Union was allowed to open… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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All this moaning and groaning about Venezuelan oil sales is totally unnecessary, since Venezuela’s oil sales are stable. Venezuelan oil is sold to Cuba, China, India, Singapore, and to Russia for refining. Even Reuters, a western mainstream media, admits this: Exclusive: Venezuela oil exports stable in March despite sanctions, blackouts Marianna Parraga (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state-run energy company, PDVSA, kept oil exports near 1 million barrels per day in March, according to PDVSA documents and Refinitiv Eikon data. March’s exports of 980,355 barrels per day (bpd) of crude and fuel were only slightly below February’s shipments of 990,215 bpd, according… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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I find the title “Triumph of Evil” misleading because evil does not triumph in Venezuela; on the contrary: Russia and China are holding Venezuela above water, imposing their will against the US regime’s evil machinations.

What US oil companies want or do not want, is of no importance for the rest of the world. It certainly does not count at all for China, Russia, Venezuela; they have their own plans with Venezuelan oil …

I would really appreciate if the DURAN editors would not print such texts with scaremongering titles. VENEZUELA IS GOING STRONG!

Anabelle de Ville
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Anabelle de Ville

the duran is becoming quiet irrelevant………

Olivia Kroth
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I do not think so Anabelle. I find the DURAN a very interesting medium, although sometimes the US-centered views are quite annoying for me. I would like to read more texts from RUSSIA TODAY, Iran’s PRESS TV, CHINA DAILY, TELESUR ENGLISH. The world has many countries, it is a multipolar world.

Olivia Kroth
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Venezuela to cover 70% of domestic demand for medicines — Maduro World March 21, 5:27 UTC+3 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the remaining 30% of necessary medicines will be imported CARACAS, March 21. /TASS/. Venezuelan pharmaceutical industry will be able to satisfy up to 70% of domestic demand for medicines in the next few months, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday. “Venezuela should cover at least 70% of domestic demands. We will show this in the coming months,” Maduro said. The remaining 30% will be imported, the president added. “We have strong ties with China, Russia, India, Turkey, Iran and… Read more »

Berke
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Berke

As brave and honest article as I’ve ever read. Thanks Paul for keeping the faith.

Olivia Kroth
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I do not like this article at all. I find it weepy, whiny and teary, when in fact Venezuela is tough and resisting all unwished-for interference from the “Empire of Wishful Thinking”. That’s all it amounts to: wishful thinking of a high and mighty empire, which resembles more and more a “shithole country”, to quote its own president.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Washington has a long history, very long history, of meddling all over the world…be it for oil or any other valuable natural resource. Hopefully, the Russians and possibly Chinese too, will draw a very clear and visible red line for the Yanks.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

One possible way for Russia and China to ensure the flow of Venezuelan oil would be to re-Flag the Venezuelan tankers as Russian or Chinese.

This would ensure that the gangster leadership in the US realises that any interference with the tankers would have costs that would potentially destroy the USA.

Gerald Falkenstein
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Gerald Falkenstein

Get your ass out of Venezuela Trump. We voted for you because you said “no more war”. You said you wanted to be friendly with Putin. You said you would build a wall and Mexico would pay for it. You lie just as much as all the other presidents. Get the hell out of Venezuela. And get rid of the stooges like Bolton. You are the war president and you are turning us republicans that voted for you into socialists. I didn’t agree with Ann Coulter but now I do. The war president, that’s what to call Trump. He’s aiding… Read more »

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Amen!

James Hunter
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James Hunter

Gerald, Bolton? That awful Bolted-on Mustache, to me the hugliest brain and most Murderous adviser US’ presidents have listened to and then consequently declared wars and murders against countries and leaders who were never at war against the US and its obedient NATO countries. Of course, the Mustache’s servile and likely well paid under-the-table relations with the Pentagun and the no-complex Military Industrial Complex serves only one purpose: kill leaders/countries not serving the US interest$$$$$$$$ and not willing to let the US steal their oil and all other very valuable resources, minerals, rare earth, lithium, etc., while making more weapons,… Read more »

Hmph
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Hmph

If that Abrams isn’t the face of evil, I don’t know what is.

Never judge a book by its cover though. Plenty of evil lurks between his pages.

gwynn oneill
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sometimes , over time, a person’s face grows into the person”s character. Abrams face has achieved this .

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