Post-Chavez South America
SOURCE: Crescent Online
The left or more accurately, the trend of Liberation Theology in power will be growing in post-Chavez South America.
March 6, 2012, 15:40 EST
One of the most determined critics of US policy in the world, especially in Latin America, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela succumbed to a two-year battle with cancer and died on March 5. He had undergone several rounds of surgery in Cuba but despite great efforts by Cuban doctors, Chavez could not overcome the latest cancerous growth. Venezuela announced a seven-day of mourning for the 58-year-old late president.
There is also some speculation that the US may have had a hand in contributing to Chavez’s cancer. The American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is notorious for carrying out such criminal activities. Don Debar, an analyst and journalist told Russia TV on March 6 that the possibility of US foul play in contributing to Chavez’s death could not be ruled out. He pointed to the repeated attempts of Fidel Castro’s life as well as the killing of such leaders as Salvadore Allende of Chile in 1973.
The outpouring of public grief in the streets of Caracas and other urban centers demonstrated the great esteem the Venezuelan people held the late president in. He was a charismatic leader championing economic reforms and distributing the oil wealth among poor people. Because of this, the US that has historically interfered in Latin America will not be able to utilize the death of Chavez to bring Venezuela back under its control.
Immediately after the news of Chavez’s death was made public, Western mainstream media went into overdrive to demonize the governing system and sabotage the sensitive situation in Venezuela in a very crude manner. By constantly referring to Chavez’s social and economic policies favoring the poor as “controversial” the Western media once again exposed itself as a tool of Western imperialism. As if Barack Obama’s policies favoring the super rich and murdering innocents in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Bahrain, Somalia and Yemen are not controversial.
The so-called independent American experts on Venezuela were given generous media time and were almost cheerleading Chavez’s death and begging Washington warlords to intensify the sabotage operations as had been its norm during the Cold War era.
Washington, however, realizes that its power in Latin America has been significantly degraded over the past two decades. It had to bite the dust and accept the role of a quasi-active observer.
Even US neo-cons and rightwing institutions had to admit that the Obama regime would not be able to turn Venezuela back into a US neo-colony. Carl Meacham of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington openly admitted that US ties (read domination) with Venezuela would not be normalized. Nevertheless, Washington will do its outmost to destabilize Venezuela by empowering its proxy forces and it seems the popular government of Venezuela realizes this.
Within hours of Chavez’s death two US embassy employees, Air Attache David Delmonaco and assistant Air Attache Devlin Costal were expelled from Venezuela. The US corporate media reported this news in a perfunctory manner in order not to expose its false narrative on Venezuela. The fictitious storyline of the West attempts to claim that anti-imperialism and anti-Americanism in Venezuela were the policies of a single individual leader whose anti-US views were supposedly not shared by the Venezuelan people.
From the mid-1930s Washington employed every criminal policy in the book to make sure that the US obedient autocratic rulers remain in power in South America and socialist minded people remain out of government. South America was CIA’s training ground for torture (Guantanamo’s location is not a coincidence), coups, proxy wars, economic sabotage and drug smuggling. Just like the US failed in preventing the Islamic movements from coming to power in the Muslim world, Washington also failed in preventing left-oriented indigenous socio-political forces from coming to power in South America.
The left or more accurately, the trend of Liberation Theology in power will be growing in post-Chavez South America. Chavez’s charismatic leadership created a system based on principles that are beyond a certain persona. Venezuela’s achievements under Chavez are the biggest affirmation of the fact that he established a system that is not dependent on his personality. As pointed out by Pepe Escobar in Asia Times, Chavez and his program won “13 out of 14 national democratic elections” and Chavez managed to deliver the wealth of the nation to the nation itself. Facts show that Venezuelan public deficit is a mere 7.4% of GDP. Public debt is 51.3% of GDP (less than EU) and in 1996 poverty accounted for 71% of Venezuelan citizens, while in 2010, the percentage had been reduced to 21%.
For the Muslim world the system built by Chavez represents an opportunity to resort to the diplomatic tradition of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) and maintain strong relations with the people of the book that are committed to the divine framework of social justice. Muslims must remember that at a time when people with Muslim names were hatching overt and covert plots with Washington and Israel, Chavez’s support for the Muslims facing the imperialist onslaught was unmatched by any other leader. Chavez’s legacy should remind Muslims of the words of Imam Hussein at the battle of Karbala when he addressed the murderous army of Yazid. Imam Hussein said to them, “O people, if you do not believe in the judgment day and disregard the laws of God, at least be free in this world and do not become the tools of oppression.”