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Venezuela’s Chavez dodges another bullet from the Globalists

Ben Aiken | August 19 2004

The Globalist’s vision of a Pan-American Union was dealt a serious blow late Sunday night when it was announced that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had beaten the effort to recall him from office. Chavez has led the fight in South America against the Globalist’s corporate takeover of the hemisphere, and has been vocal in denouncing U.S. Foreign Policy as well as exposing extensive CIA intervention in the region. This was the second attempt Washington has made to remove Chavez since Bush took office, the first one having been the CIA-sponsored coup attempt of April 2002. Now that their democratic effort has failed, the CIA will inevitably return to a violent approach, big enough in scale to finish the job.

All stories written by the major U.S. newspapers invariably cite Chavez’s “leftist policies” and his “budding relationship” with Fidel Castro as the reasons for Washington’s disdain for him. In fact, both of these charges are true. Chavez is implementing what he calls a “Bolivarian Revolution”, whereby he wishes to redistribute the nation’s vast oil wealth to the poor through social programs, and he increasingly speaks fondly of Castro’s Cuba as a model. And like Castro, there are signs that Chavez’s revolution is really just a replacing of the old command and control structure run by the country’s elite with one equally corrupt but run by Chavez on the strength of his handouts to the poor. But what’s important to note is that none of this is why Washington wants him out. In U.S. foreign policy, who is in charge is almost irrelevant compared to whether they are willing to follow orders. The reason Washington hates Chavez and will see him removed is because he is refusing to follow orders relating to the major issue of concern: Globalization.

This agenda is best understood by examining the results of NAFTA, now over a decade old. America has lost jobs by the millions and we’ve nearly completely lost our manufacturing base. Meanwhile, Mexicans have seen no substantial increase in their pay or quality of life. And of course, the borders are wide open, and the next proposal to begin paying Mexicans to illegally immigrate is right around the corner. Now the new CAFTA trade agreement is near completion, and these same results will soon extend down through Panama. But the real prize is the “Free Trade Zone of the Americas”. Ahh, doesn’t that sound nice? This is and will be the Pan-American Union which has been advocated in Globalist white papers for decades.

But in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and other hot spots leaders are emerging and are generating popular support by vehemently opposing the Globalization efforts of the West. Chavez leads the way due to his outspokenness on issues ranging from so called “Free Trade” to the CIA’s efforts to destabilize his country to the massive military operations in Columbia to eliminate the cocaine competition. And he also happens to rule a country with oil reserves which rival Iraq, all of which puts Chavez at the top of the hit list.

According to Greg Palast’s blockbuster BBC report, Chavez was able to defeat the coup attempt in April 2002 because he was tipped off by the head of OPEC of the U.S.’s intention to spark the coup on the 11th. His troops hid under the palace, and once the coup leaders were inside they sprang the trap and demanded that Chavez be released from captivity. He was, and when he got out he told the BBC, “I have written proof of the time of the entries and exits of two US military officers into the headquarters of the coup plotters - their names, whom they met with, what they said - proof on video and on still photographs."
For the election on Sunday, Greg Palast also had a scoop on how the election was likely to be rigged against Chavez. It seems an American company named ChoicePoint, Inc., of Atlanta had been paid by $67 million by the Justice Department to amass databases on every citizen of Venezuela, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico and Argentina. Since ChoicePoint was the same company that compiled the faulty felon rolls in Florida for the 2000 election, it’s only logical to assume that the U.S.-backed opposition was up to something. So it was frankly shocking to see Chavez win by a wide margin. In fact, no one appeared more shocked than the opposition. According the New York Times, “representatives of the O.A.S. and the Carter Center had a long meeting with the opposition in the early morning hours and showed them the results, telling the opposition that they thought they were accurate. The opposition was stunned by what they were shown, the official said, and continued to say there had been strong irregularities.” The Carter Center has declared the voting to have been above board and has endorsed the result, so the irregularities referred to here might be the malfunctioning of whatever vote fraud had been attempted.

Chavez, in a jubilant speech from his balcony at 4a.m. called for a round of applause for the opposition for their valiant effort, and acknowledged their attempt at peaceful overthrow rather than violence. But Chavez knows that while he won this battle, the war to remove him is only heating up. You can be sure that CIA is formulating a new plan and moving the necessary recourses to the region immediately. Due to Venezuela’s vital importance to U.S. daily oil needs, all activity must be done covertly. Chavez knows this and that is why he maintains a business-as-usual demeanor for the country while constantly watching his back for the next attempt that he knows is coming. If in the coming operations something is botched, and Chavez gets spooked enough, he could possibly make good on a threat he has brandished before: to cut off oil supplies to the U.S. Then things will get real heavy, right out in the open.