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US militarizes the Caribbean Sea to surround Venezuela

Washington concentrates its naval forces to guarantee total regional control

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro… 

Recently, the number of American ships and planes in the Caribbean Sea has increased exponentially. The most likely hypothesis so far is that there will be an attempt to block Venezuela, as the military flow in the region began to grow only after Iran announced the sending of oil ships to the Bolivarian country. On May 14, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that the boats that take gasoline to Venezuelan ports are being persecuted by the American Navy, which is worsening with the arrival of Iranian ships. The White House has already reported that it has taken retaliation against this cooperation between Venezuelans and Iranians, but no further information has been provided on the military operations being carried out. The United States has announced sanctions against any company that participates in the supply of gasoline to Venezuela, which is causing a structural crisis of fuel scarcity in the South American country.

In addition to the blockade, there is a humanitarian issue, as American measures are inducing a major economic recession in the Bolivarian Republic. It has also been reported by the Venezuelan government that the tax imposed by the United States is affecting the country’s food supply, which is already having an effect on society. With a crisis and the siege being imposed on Caracas, how do Venezuelans use to deal with the advancing pandemic of new coronaviruses? How can the Bolivarian government manage a major economic and social crisis with imminent health danger? It is just the American strategy: to raise a siege and provoke the Venezuelan national collapse, inducing, through coercion, Nicolás Maduro’s government to accept changes in the regime for the benefit of Washington.

The naval blockade is just one of the measures the United States is taking to overthrow Nicolás Maduro’s legitimate government. A few days ago, an attempted invasion against the country, carried out by Colombian mercenaries on American speedboats, was neutralized, with several terrorists arrested. Apparently, the sea will be the path by which Washington will try to overthrow Maduro, insisting on the military operation as solution of international controversies. The case also indicates the presence of the so-called “extermination war”, an ancient warlike practice in which a country is surrounded and kept under block by the navy of another nation, preventing the arrival of goods and food in port areas, affecting the population as a whole, indirectly leading thousands of people to hunger, misery and death. Basically, this is exactly the American goal in Venezuela with the current blockade. Without formally declaring war, Washington adopts an even more insidious strategy than traditional military confrontation.

However, there is yet another important factor – and above Venezuela – behind the American interest in militarizing the Caribbean Sea. Since at least the First World War, the USA has occupied a position of undisputed supremacy on the seas, which allowed Washington, in time, to exercise a role of “global naval police”. However, this reality is changing day after day, since the world is already beginning to contemplate a response from nations to American naval power, especially in Asia.

In the Asian continent, China and Iran are challenging the American Navy. In China, the progress of the Navy is absolute, with the Chinese having already succeeded, for the first time in its history, to overcome the International Date Line and concluding military tests in spaces traditionally occupied by the American maritime forces. In Iran, the maneuvering of small vessels against large American ships is daring. Recently, some sources have informed that Tehran will produce nuclear submarines, with the aim of increasing its naval power.

The United States has spoken out several times condemning its opponents in China and Iran, but nothing has been done other than the mere war of words. In practice, it is difficult to deny that the United States has a naval power today that is much less powerful than it was decades ago. Washington did not attack its rivals in Asia simply because it could not handle a counteroffensive from Beijing or Tehran – at least not without a big material loss as a result.

All of these factors are contributing to a redirection of the American Navy’s strategic policies. No longer able to keep its global power intact, Washington manages its forces for the southern portions of the American continent itself, guaranteeing a regional space of power. However, in the Americas the opposition to US possible aggression will be fierce and will have international support from other continents.

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Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
May 23, 2020

“Recently, the number of American ships and planes in the Caribbean Sea has increased exponentially”.

The moment I read that sentence (and especially its last word) I switched off and stopped reading.

Please don’t use “exponentially” unless you know what it means. “Sharply” would be a reasonable alternative.

Iroko
May 23, 2020

USA is a shameless and giant less country

paul
paul
May 23, 2020

I would dearly love to see the Exceptional and Indispensable Folk having to watch THEIR children die in front of them for lack of food and basic medicine.
Let them experience some of the misery they have inflicted on hundreds of millions for so long.
Nothing in history would be so richly deserved.

Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
May 24, 2020

Your move , Mr Putin . Time has arrived .

Olivia Kroth
May 24, 2020

A US naval blockade of Venezuela will not be successful. Meanwhile, an Iranian oil tanker has arrived in Venezuela. And there will be more …. Venezuela has good friends in Iran, in Russia, in China … Iran is not isolated at all.

PRESS TV reports:

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/05/23/625969/Rouhani-Tamim-al-Thani-Iran-Qatar-Venezuela-tankers-US

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 24, 2020

Iran will respond in kind if US makes trouble for Venezuela-bound oil tankers in Caribbean: President Rouhani — Saturday, 23 May 2020 1:29 PM [ Last Update: Saturday, 23 May 2020 1:32 PM ] — Rouhani warns of retaliatory measures against the United States should Washington make “trouble” for Iranian tankers carrying fuel to gasoline-starved Venezuela. “If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face trouble [caused] by the US Americans, they (the US) will also be in trouble in kind,” Rouhani said in a phone conversation with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. He added… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
May 24, 2020

The first iranian oil tanker has reached Venezuela, four more are on their way.

TASS:

https://tass.com/economy/1159803

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 24, 2020

First Iranian tanker with fuel reaches Venezuela’s coast – agency — Four more Iranian tankers with fuels are expected in Venezuela within days — TEHERAN, May 24. /TASS/. The first Iranian tanker with fuels has reach Venezuela’s coast, despite the United States’ threats, IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. The Fortune vessel sailed off the Iranian port of Shahid Rajaee seventy-two days ago. Four more Iranian tankers with fuels are expected in Venezuela within days. Reuters said earlier citing Refinitiv Eikon, an analytical company, that the first out of five Iranian tankers had neared Venezuela’s territorial waters on Saturday. Iranian… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 26, 2020

Venezuela: First of five Iranian oil tankers dock at El Palito refinery (RUPTLY):

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 26, 2020

Venezuela: President Maduro thanks Iran for solidarity after oil tanker arrives

Olivia Kroth
May 26, 2020

Iran Ambassador to Venezuela talks to the press about commercial activities:

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 26, 2020

It is good to see, read and hear that there are such brave nations in the world like Venezuela, Iran, China, Russia, who do not accept isolation, domination, exploitation. They resist. This gives the rest of us courage to do the same.

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