Encourage negotiation, not intervention in Venezuela

Published: 3/13/2019 9:42:04 AM
Negotiation, not intervention in Venezuela

Serious discussion is needed now of the dangerous path down which the Trump administration is leading us in Venezuela — that is involving the United States in another blood for oil war.

Are we so gullible that, yet again, in the name of a humanitarian “saving” of the population from “dictatorship,” we buy the claim that the country poses a security risk for the U.S.? We need to understand that our economic sanctions and military interventions do not bring “democracy” and “freedom” but simply a humanitarian disaster.

Trump’s neocons John Bolton and Eliot Abrams (who was jailed for lying to Congress about his role in the Iran-Contra scandal) are now supporting Guaid in order to get control of the oil that Trump wants.

But there is a third position we hardly hear about, which is a way to avoid a disastrous war and to let the Venezuelans work this out democratically. The pope, the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay, and Russia have offered to mediate a negotiation with Maduro and the opposition. Maduro is willing to negotiate. The opposition and U.S. have said “no.” The UN and Red Cross have chosen not to help with the distribution of U.S. “humanitarian aid,” as they believe it is politically motivated. A citizen’s referendum is needed. Let the Venezuelans work out what is best for them. Contact U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren to co-sponsor HR 1004, opposing U.S. military intervention in Venezuela.

Ann Ferguson


Anne Perkins


Emily Greene



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