Venezuela may be the world’s best hope for a brighter future. Do you know they have a children’s orchestra formed by taking poor children from the slums and teaching them music? They are so excellent at playing their instruments that this orchestra is world famous. They are taking unused farmland, owned by the rich landlords, and distributing it among the peasants to farm. They have built schools and educated the poor, provided them with health care, built them better homes, built sewage treatment plants and done things for the poor that only one other country in Latin America has done (although a few others are trying) and that is Cuba. They have nationalized factories and increased wages. Venezuela has brought in many Cuban doctors and poor people in rural areas who never had medical care before are now getting it. They certainly don’t deserve to be invaded by the United States under some pretext like running drugs, supporting the FARC or some other filthy excuse to rid us of our only hope in this world and that is socialism. The United States is evidently preparing for an invasion by getting their patsies in Colombia to provide 5 new military bases for US forces.
I would advocate the idea of International Brigades, like those used in Spain in the 1930s, to fight against fascism, but I believe that the so-called left anymore are mostly, with some exceptions, a bunch of wimps and would never put their lives in danger for socialism. Maybe, they are different in Latin America and young men from Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and other countries would be willing to help Venezuela to defend socialism. I still wonder if they have the international consciousness and commitment young men had in the 1930s. I have a film about the Spanish Civil War called The Good Fight, and those young men of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade still bring tears to my eyes- fighting not only Spanish fascists but the troops of Hitler and Mussolini with outdated weapons. If they had equivalency in weapons, they would have driven those fascist beasts right out of Spain.
Perhaps, I am overreacting. Maybe, the new US military bases are intended only for intimidation, essentially conveying the message to Hugo Chavez of no more nationalizations or socialist policies. The world is exclusively the playground of the rich. However, I think Hugo Chavez should get all the advanced weapons systems he can from Russia or China in a great hurry because Obama is an ardent imperialist. He is far from being the compassionate advocate for good causes, as many people who elected him thought he would be. The Honduran coup is very ominous and indicates there is a new and aggressive US policy against any improvements for the poor in Latin America.