Serving the Empire

What’s this kerfuffle in Venezuela all about anyway? Freedom from tyranny? Democracy for the people?

Well, to quote John Bolton, National Security Advisor to the President of the U.S., it’s really about oil (no big surprise there). And Venezuela has LOTS of proven oil reserves.

“It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”

It’s funny how so many talking heads in America are still talking about ‘Russian influence’ in their last election. If those evil “Boris Badenovs” did anything, it pales in comparison to how much the good ole US of A has interfered in so many other countries for, well, longer than I’ve been around. Regime change – if not outright military invasion – to “protect America’s interests” (read ‘Corporate Interests’ here) abroad, has been a game they’ve played better and with more audacity and self righteousness than the Holy Roman Empire ever dreamed of. 

Whenever a leader of a third world country threatens to wrest power from the corporatocracy and give it back to the commoners, he/she is either overthrown by a carefully engineered coup, or failing that, assassinated. How many countries have governments that have been overthrown and their domestic affairs turned upside down at the hands of Washington D.C.?

According to William Bloom’s master list, quite a few. 

I quote:

“Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

  • China 1949 to early 1960s
  • Albania 1949-53
  • East Germany 1950s
  • Iran 1953 *
  • Guatemala 1954 *
  • Costa Rica mid-1950s
  • Syria 1956-7
  • Egypt 1957
  • Indonesia 1957-8
  • British Guiana 1953-64 *
  • Iraq 1963 *
  • North Vietnam 1945-73
  • Cambodia 1955-70 *
  • Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
  • Ecuador 1960-63 *
  • Congo 1960 *
  • France 1965
  • Brazil 1962-64 *
  • Dominican Republic 1963 *
  • Cuba 1959 to present
  • Bolivia 1964 *
  • Indonesia 1965 *
  • Ghana 1966 *
  • Chile 1964-73 *
  • Greece 1967 *
  • Costa Rica 1970-71
  • Bolivia 1971 *
  • Australia 1973-75 *
  • Angola 1975, 1980s
  • Zaire 1975
  • Portugal 1974-76 *
  • Jamaica 1976-80 *
  • Seychelles 1979-81
  • Chad 1981-82 *
  • Grenada 1983 *
  • South Yemen 1982-84
  • Suriname 1982-84
  • Fiji 1987 *
  • Libya 1980s
  • Nicaragua 1981-90 *
  • Panama 1989 *
  • Bulgaria 1990 *
  • Albania 1991 *
  • Iraq 1991
  • Afghanistan 1980s *
  • Somalia 1993
  • Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
  • Ecuador 2000 *
  • Afghanistan 2001 *
  • Venezuela 2002 *
  • Iraq 2003 *
  • Haiti 2004 *
  • Somalia 2007 to present
  • Honduras 2009 *
  • Libya 2011 *
  • Syria 2012
  • Ukraine 2014 *

End quote.

So just what is Canada’s interest in the latest chapter of this madness? The Trudeau government has been at the forefront of the campaign to overthrow the Maduro government and recognize the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido. In fact, Canadian meddling in Venezuelan affairs goes back at least as far as 2004 when Chavez was in power. And to be fair to the Liberals, it didn’t seem to matter who was in charge – the Harper Conservatives pretty much did the same. Are we just being, once again, America’s lap dog when it comes to foreign policy?

Well, there just might be something else besides the oil the Americans are after, that natural-resource rich Venezuela has plenty of buried in the ground – gold. And Canada is one of the biggest mining countries in the world (gold in particular). Canadian banks are also involved in many third world countries in Central and South America, where they charge much more interest than they do domestically. It would probably be an understatement to say that the Canadian corporate class has long been the beneficiary of the U.S. and its foreign ‘interventions’ and therefore is working diligently toward the same end.

In 2019, we will probably be able to add Venezuela to Bloom’s list. Canada will of course have played their role . . and be thusly rewarded. And the peasant class will continue to be just that; before the next populist idealist comes along wanting a fair shake for his people, and the cycle repeats itself.

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