Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-Pad) is concerned with threats of invasion and regime change in Venezuela. Below is a statement from Codepink denouncing moves in this direction. While we do not need to agree on what the Venezuelan government should do, and we don’t need to endorse everything the Democrats are saying, we need to stand firm in opposition to US intervention in Venezuela.
Over 70 scholars on Latin America, political science, and history have signed an open letter calling on the United States to stop interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/01/24/open-letter-united-states-stop-interfering-venezuelas-internal-politics. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) also has a statement at https://www.nlg.org/nlg-statement-on-the-illegal-u-s-interference-in-the-bolivarian-republic-of-venezuela/
On Monday, National Security Advisor and massive war hawk John Bolton was seen during a briefing with reporters about new sanctions on Venezuela holding a yellow legal pad inscribed with the words “5000 troops to Colombia.” Really? Are we going to allow US troops to invade Venezuela? We’ve seen this before, we know how it turns out, and we can’t let the U.S. embark on another military intervention in Latin America.
“A coup is not a democratic transition in Venezuela,” I said, as I interrupted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Organization of American States on Thursday. “The U.S. has a long and sordid history of supporting coups in Latin America and they always turned out horrible for the people. Look at Guatemala in ‘54, Chile in ‘73, and Honduras today.”
We are right now seeing the results of past U.S. interventions in Latin America, as refugees stream to the U.S. border. But rather than learning from the past — the Iraq war and other interventions in the Middle East have also led to extreme destabilization and refugee crises — the Trump administration is orchestrating another coup by recognizing opposition politician Juan Guaidó as the President of Venezuela.
During this grotesque show, with Trump imbuing himself with the power to decide the leader of a sovereign country, WHERE ARE THE DEMOCRATS? So far only a handful of them–Senator Sanders and Representatives Khanna, Gabbard, Ocasio-Cortez, Lee, and Omar — have spoken out against Trump’s policy, and some — such as Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Adam Schiff— have actually supported Trump. Send an urgent email now to the Democrats in Congress telling them to speak out against the U.S. orchestration of a coup in Venezuela.
The U.S. has been trying to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela for years (hint: Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves). U.S. economic sanctions have devastated the country’s economy, creating a humanitarian crisis of food and medicine shortages, widespread poverty, and mass migration.
Newly elected Representative Ilhan Omar said it perfectly:
Mexico and Uruguay have offered to facilitate talks, as has the Pope. Without that, Venezuela is barreling towards all-out civil war. It’s urgent that the Democrats — especially those outspoken about Russian interference in U.S. elections — not stay silent as the U.S. engages in another episode of meddling in the internal affairs of another country. As Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said, “We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.”
Towards peace across the world,
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