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Letter: Gonsalves on Venezuela
Published on July 4, 2017Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Can anyone believe that Gonsalves said this?

“We must resist the call to support intervention in Venezuela just because we are told that people are lining-up for food, or we may have to also justify and support similar action across the Caribbean, as people in all our territories also line-up for food at the Salvation Army outlets across the region.”

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He is likening the nationwide shortage of foodstuffs in Venezuela with millions of people lining up, at Salvation Army outlets in the Caribbean! Has he seen the pictures of starving children, of tiny babies shrunk to something looking as though it’s made of rubber? Why else does he think people are risking their lives daily (over 80 killed by government forces so far) to bring down the government that has caused this scarcity of food and medicines?

Salvation Army! Have you no conscience Ralph Gonsalves?

According to Gonsalves, “The imperialists are telling us that there is no democracy in Venezuela. But there have been more elections under the Bolivarian Revolution than at any other time in Venezuela’s history.”

Here you hear Gonsalves speaking as the true Marxist that he is, talking about “the imperialists” just as his hero Maurice Bishop did.

Yes there have been many more elections in Venezuela than in most Caribbean countries, but were they free and fair? In the last presidential election Maduro was SAID to have won by a tiny number of votes, so the opposition leader demanded a recount, to which Maduro agreed, only to renege on the agreement three days later. (Why don’t Bousquiet and Gonsalves tell you about things like this?) Since that day it is very highly probable that Maduro is not the legitimately elected president of Venezuela. He is a puppet of the Cuban government, which very largely controls what goes on in Venezuela, including brutal repression of the people.

“Besides,” he added, “I do not want to see millions of Venezuelans coming to the (Caribbean) islands as refugees.”

He says that not so much because it could be true, but to scare other Caribbean leaders into not voting for regime change in Venezuela, but because he is devoted to Maduro simply because he is a devoted communist. Actually how devoted is arguable, since the Maduro regime appears to be deeply involved in drug trafficking.

The Vincentian leader told his audience, “I am offering the best of my advice from my long and collective experience, both as a politician and as the longest-lasting CARICOM prime minister.”

Well his longest lasting-ness is also in question, since at the last general election in St Vincent the opposition may very well have won, but attempts to have a recount, etc. have naturally fallen upon deaf ears. It was Forbes Burnham, the destroyer of Guyana, who once said, “For the government in power to lose power is foolishness.” Or words to that effect.

As to the possibility of Venezuelan refugees reaching our shores, it doesn’t follow that regime change would result in this. What might result in this is civil war in Venezuela and that is why the present Cuba-supported regime must be eliminated ASAP

Please look upon this Article 350 of the Venezuelan constitution.

Article 350: The people of Venezuela, true to their republican tradition and their struggle for independence, peace and freedom, shall disown any regime, legislation or authority that violates democratic values, principles and guarantees or encroaches upon human rights.

I rest my case,

Gregory Thomas
 
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