New Threats Against Venezuela

August 2, 2010

In July, the Colombian government demanded that the government of Venezuela take steps aimed at repressing Colombians inside of Venezuela associated with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley immediately backed the Colombian government and declared that, "Venezuela, among other states in the region, has very clear responsibilities to combat terrorism in the region and to support efforts within the Organization of American States and within the United Nations to fight terrorism wherever it is." He called for a "constructive response by Venezuela" to charges that they are "harboring" FARC and ELN guerrillas (both organizations are designated by the U.S. State Department as "terrorist") and said that "if Venezuela fails to cooperate in whatever follow-on steps are made, the United States and other countries will obviously take account of that."

In recent months, the U.S. has dramatically stepped up its militarization of Colombia. Colombia, already the the biggest recipient of U.S. military aid and training in Latin America, recently began allowing the U.S. military full use of seven Colombian military bases. The U.S. is heavily engaged in the war against Colombian insurgents. At the same time U.S. imperialism is stretching its military presence and activities throughout the region, including by means of bases in Panama, Honduras, Curacao and Aruba, and recently making an agreement with Costa Rica to allow the deployment of 7,000 U.S. marines and 46 warships in its territory.

According to the U.S. State Department, the Colombian popular opposition and armed insurgency is a "strategic threat" to U.S. "interests in the region." The slogan of "fighting terrorism" is being used to cover over U.S. aggression and interference in Colombia. U.S. imperialism is waging war against the Colombian popular movements precisely because it wants to preserve its domination and exploitation of Colombia. At the same time, the U.S. is breaking new ground by calling for "pressure" on Venezuela or any Latin American government unless they "fight terrorism wherever it is." This is U.S. imperialism's blueprint for imposing U.S.-style fascism on every country by forcing every government to suppress popular organizations and movements which U.S. imperialism doesn't like.

The new threats targeting Venezuela are part of the ongoing destabilization campaign organized by U.S. imperialism against the government there. The danger is that a fabricated border "incident" could be used as an excuse by U.S. imperialism to carry out a full-scale invasion of Venezuela in the name of "defending Colombia." The U.S. seeks to overthrow the government of Venezuela because it has been strengthening the economic and political independence of the country and opposing U.S. domination of Latin America and the world.

Make no mistake about it. The U.S. government is preparing yet more wars in Latin America and Venezuela is one of its next targets. U.S. imperialism aims at nothing less than recolonizing the entire region.

Workers and people throughout the U.S. have long opposed U.S. imperialism's program of colonial domination and war in Latin America. Today, carrying forward this profound anti-imperialist tradition, we must demand:

U.S. imperialism, get your bloody hands out of Colombia!

U.S. imperialism, hands off Venezuela!