- The United States has military contingency plans aimed
against Venezuela, contrary to the UN Charter and the document guiding
relations between members of the Organizations of American States (OAS).
- A recent article in the Washington Post - which has not
been refuted by the Pentagon - affirms that the Defense Department has
prepared a plan to create a potential conflict with the South American
nation, considered a threat to US strategic security by the White House.
- William M. Arkin, in a column published November 2, said
that Venezuela was identified as a "threat" in this year's Pentagon
analysis and is foreseen to remain so for the period 2008-2013.
- The fifth greatest oil exporter in the world and among
the principal exporters of crude to the US, Venezuela is included on the
list of states which pose the most danger to the US, sharing that position
with the North Korea and Iran, both considered by the Bush administration
as nuclear threats.
- According to the daily, the White House sees President
Hugo Chavez as promoting revolutions in Latin America and accuses him of
financing rebels in Colombia - where there are US military advisors are
participating in a long-term domestic conflict.
- Venezuela has suffered from the instability of the situation
in Colombia, particularly that country's use of paramilitary forces paid
for by the interests behind the failed coup attempt against the Venezuelan
- But when we look into what the Pentagon has planed in
the land of Bolivar, we cannot forget the history that explains the hostile
escalation of actions by the current Republican administration against
the Bolivarian Revolution.
- The participation of both the CIA and the former US military
mission in Caracas in the short-lived coup attempt headed by Pedro Carmona
is not conjectural journalism.
- The government of George W. Bush never condemned the
coup attempt, despite the US being a signatory of the Democratic Letter
of the OAS. On the contrary, they welcomed, encouraged and participated
in the coup.
- Nor is it a coincidence that military interests behind
the coup which are responsible for planting bombs at the Colombian and
Spanish diplomatic missions in Caracas are protected in the US, despite
their being terrorists.
- In Boca Raton, Florida lives Venezuelan business executive
Nelson Mezarhane - a banker and stockholder of the opposition daily El
Globo. He is wanted by the Venezuelan justice system for having participated
in the assassination of Judge Danilo Anderson, who was bringing to trial
those individuals who were implicated in the April 2002 coup attempt.
- We must also mention the fact that terrorist Luis Posada
Carriles, another fugitive of Venezuelan law, is a "guest" of
the US immigration service, which has refused to extradite Posada Carriles
- With such information, it should not come as a surprise
that the Pentagon has included Venezuela in its plans for future "preventive
wars," despite President Chavez' prediction that if this were to ever
occur, Latin America would explode in a ball of fire.