By WILLIAM MAYER
April 24, 2017 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – While the eyes of the Free World’s are fixed on foreign policy issues relating to the Middle and Far East, a threat, certainly closer and possibly of more concern looms.
This is especially true long term - because of the proximity factor and the fact that it is largely being ignored. What we are referring to is the hastening push into South and Central America by agents and agent states of the world-wide Marxist-Leninist-Maoist insurgency.
In Central America there has been a recent uptick in Russian involvement in Nicaragua [see, Is Putin building a base in Nicaragua to spy on US citizens? - Fears grow over mystery Russian compound, UK Daily Mail].
“Officials said there are concerns the hub could be a 'dual use' facility, meaning it could house equipment and workers with the ability to conduct electronic surveillance against American citizens. From where the compound is located, it offers those who are based there a clear view of the US Embassy about 10 miles away in the heart of Managua.”
Historically, Nicaragua was a Spanish colony from the 16th to early 19th century, though there was a period of British interference that was of little consequence. Over the last four decades however the country has served as Central America’s poster-child for Soviet/Russian influence peddling which at times has manifested itself as a less than stealthy near-colonization.
This is consistent with Russia’s long term strategic goal of expanding its sphere of influence South of the U.S. border. In Latin America and the Caribbean for example it has targeted Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Grenada and Honduras [reference, State Dept. Special Report #80 regarding El-Salvador , February 23, 1981 and Soviet Policies and Activities in Latin America and the Caribbea, CIA National Intelligence Assessment #SNIE 11/80/90-82, January 7, 1994].
As a prominent example, in 1978 Nicaragua was destabilized and taken over by a Marxist revolution [the Sandinistas] led by the Soviet supported Daniel Ortega. This effort, unfortunately was greatly aided by prominent members of the Catholic clergy, preaching a schismatic doctrine called Liberation Theology, which appallingly now appears to have been entirely integrated into Pope Francis’ revisionist Catholic heuristic, tragic in that it now carries the full weight of the Church’s Magisterium.
Ortega managed to hold on to power until 1990 but then successfully clawed his way back into the government, winning the 2006 election as well that held in 2011. Interestingly, after 30 years of mayhem, in typical understatement the CIA’s assessment is that, “democratic institutions have been weakened under the Ortega administration.”
Venezuela is a central player in South America. One of the world’s top oil producing states, it was ruled as a dictatorship by the Marxist, Hugo Chavez from 1999 till his death in his home away from home, Cuba in 2013. Under Chavez the role of the central government was constantly expanded at the expense of private institutions. Large sectors of the economy were expropriated and consumer needs increasingly disregarded as he developed far-reaching relationships with powers hostile to the United States, especially Iran and Russia, with which the country is heavily involved.
As if to underline the potential danger here, consider that the below is from a left-leaning news source:
“Venezuelan national oil company, PDVSA, created a joint company with Russian oil firms to develop four blocks in the Orinoco Oil Belt…PDVSA also signed..[deal with Sovcomflot, Russian gas and shipping…Russian energy company INTER-RAOUES will build a thermoelectric plant with a 200-500 megawatt capacity in Venezuela…[nuclear energy was discussed in Chavez-Putin confab] Venezuela purchased four Mi-17 helicopters and more than 90 T-72 tanks from Russia…[the two countries have increased]…bilateral relations in recent years by creating a bi-national bank with $4 billion in capital, launching gas exploration off the Venezuelan coast, and investing in the renovation of Venezuela’s infrastructure….Russia is also building a machine gun factory in Venezuela, and Venezuela has purchased more than $4 billion worth of Russian Sukhoi fighter planes, helicopters, and tanks since 2005.” [source, James Suggett, Russia and Venezuela Deepen Ties with Energy, Military Deals , Venezuelanalysis.com]
Venezuela remains a substantial buyer of Russian weapons:
“According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Venezuela imported $349 million worth of arms from China and $1.96 billion worth of arms from Russia between 2010 and 2014. In 2013 alone, Caracas imported $1 billion worth of military equipment from Moscow. Between 2012 and 2015, Venezuela is expected to become the world's second largest importer of Russian weapons, Sputnik reports citing the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade.” [source, Jeremy Bender Venezuela plans to buy more Russian and Chinese arms , Business Insider]
With Chavez now gone, Nicolás Maduro is the country’s 65th president. He had previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs [2006 to 2013] under Chavez and VP [2012 to 2013].
Elected president in 2013 under the banner of Chavez’ United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Maduro only won by 1.5% and the election is widely seen as having been manipulated. [see for example, Nick Miroff, Venezuela seizes a General Motors plant amid anti-government protests, WashPost]
On March 29, the Maduro-friendly Supreme Court dissolved the country’s legislature, the National Assembly, representing an effective coup, with both the executive and judicial branches of the government now firmly in his grasp.
Chavez’ utopian socialism, for a while buoyed by the high price of oil, has - as is always the case with command economies - degenerated into, “a Soviet-style economy , marked by consumer shortages, triple-digit inflation” and the like.
Massive protests have followed, prompting Maduro to expand the militias that were created by Chavez to “protect the revolution.”
“Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he will expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias, providing guns to as many as 400,000 loyalists. The announcement came as Maduro's opponents are gearing up for what they pledge will be the largest rally yet to press for elections and a host of other demands Wednesday.” [source, Venezuela's Maduro to provide guns to 400,000 loyalists amid peaking tension , Fox News]
Stability wise, Venezuela is a Molotov cocktail in search of a match.
FARC drug money
“Venezuela is a vital base of operations for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and three of its seven blocs (fighting divisions) have a presence there. The country provides the guerrillas with key drug trafficking corridors, a place to escape pressure from Colombian security forces…Venezuela has been a site of operations for the FARC for some time, but its importance to the group increased exponentially after Hugo Chavez came to power in 1999” [source, FARC in Venezuela , InSight Crime]
Madura is similarly involved with the powerful FARC drug militia/cartel perhaps even more brazenly so than his predecessor in that recently, two of his nephews were busted for attempting to smuggle 800 kg of cocaine into New York.
“Two of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s nephews have confessed to attempting to traffic 800 kilograms of cocaine into New York from Venezuela, identifying the owners of the drugs as the Marxist terrorist group FARC. According to documents, newly introduced in the trial of Efraín Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freitas - related to Maduro through his wife, first lady and legislator Cilia Flores…” [soure, Frances Martel, Venezuela: President’s Nephews Were Trafficking FARC Cocaine into New York , Breitbart]
Note: the street price of 1 kg of cocaine is upwards of $30,000, making 800 kilos worth in the neighborhood of $20M.
Maduro’s vice president Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah Samark aka, Tareck El Aissami [born to Druze parents who immigrated from Syria] is a suspected terrorist with ties to Iran and Syria. In February he was also designated as an international drug kingpin and money launderer by the U.S. Treasury in February by the U.S. Treasury Department
“El Aissami is a known entity in the world of US intelligence. He is allegedly a part of Venezuela's state drug-trafficking network and has ties to Iran, Syria, and Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.” [source, Lynette Lopez, A suspected terrorist and drug trafficker just became Venezuela's vice president , Business Insider]
“There were credible reports that Venezuela maintained a permissive environment that allowed for support of activities that benefited known terrorist groups. Individuals linked to the FARC, National Liberation Army, and Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) were present in Venezuela, as well as Hizballah supporters and sympathizers.” [source, Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 , U.S. State Dept.]
As is often the case with the State Dept., its treatment of the Iranian presence in Venezuela is couched in weasel words, the fact is that Hezbollah terror cells of significant size and impact have existed in Northern Venezuela for about10 years.
“.. it was Maduro, then Venezuela’s foreign minister, who travelled to Damascus in 2007 to meet with Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, in order to negotiate the installation of Hezbollah cells in Venezuela. This agreement protected Hezbollah’s drug trafficking and money laundering activities as well as their arms supplies and provision of passports. These passports and visas were prepared by Ghazi Nassereddine, a counselor in the Venezuelan embassy in Syria (he was born in Lebanon and became a Venezuelan citizen), and later was blacklisted by the FBI. Isea [former deputy minister of Finance and president of the Bank of Economic and Social Development] attended the Maduro/Nasrallah meeting. That was the year when mysterious direct flights between Caracas and Teheran were first noticed. Isea affirms that more than 300 Hezbollah members, among them about a dozen listed terrorists were included on those flights. Their role, according to the former Venezuelan high officer, was to participate in drug trafficking and money-laundering in order to secure funding for Hezbollah.” [source, Luis Fleischman, New Evidence of Iran’s Presence in Latin America , Center for Security Policy]
Cubans run wild
The Cuban presence in Venezuela is massive, permeating all aspects of political and military life, there are estimates that as many as 40,000 of them have dug into the bureaucracy.
“A respected Venezuela general who retired this month said the presence of Cuban soldiers in the army's highest decision-making levels was a security threat, backing opposition criticism of President Hugo Chavez. Cuban doctors, teachers and sports instructors have flooded into Venezuela since Chavez took office 11 years ago, bringing healthcare to poor neighborhoods but angering critics who say the nation is becoming a copy of the communist island. In an interview with Reuters late on Tuesday, General Antonio Rivero said Chavez was remodeling the army along Cuban lines. He said Cuban military advisers had a free run of the country since 2007 and had access to privileged information.” [source, Patricia Rondon Espin, Ex-general: Venezuela army secrets in Cuban hands , Reuters]
A source with intimate knowledge of the Cuban-Russian nexus in Venezuela informs us that the Cubans are Soviet/Russian trained professionals who among other things freely distribute bribes among the flag officer staff to keep them in line.
North Korean Friendship Group
After a short period of negotiation, Venezuela built a rather unusual outreach program, this time to the unlikely nation of North Korea. Recently the North Korean embassy in Caracas was reopened after a period of forced lassitude due to the Nork’s financial difficulties especially in the 1990s, the last time the facility was active.
“After this meeting, for the first time in Venezuela’s parliamentary history, both parties decided to create the Venezuela-North Korea Friendship Group. - Importing North Korea’s Ideology - In January, Yul Jabour and the head of the North Korea-Venezuela Friendship Group, Julio Chávez, emphasized the need for study of the Juche doctrine and its application in Venezuela’s territory. The Juche, also known as Kimism, is the official state ideology created by the late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung.” [source, María Gabriela Díaz, North Korean Embassy in Venezuela Signals Two Peas in a Pod , Panama Post]
The forming of subversive “friendship committees/groups” is straight out of the Stalinist playbook of the 1930s.
Looking backward to understand present conditions
We have previously written about the seductive nature of all-encompassing secular ideologies such as Marxism [and its evil step-child, cultural Marxism] in a culture which has for various reasons been denuded of traditional values.
It’s important to be cognizant of the process because cultural Marxism [conquest by subducting Western norms and institutions] truly represents the West’s “Great Satan.” Moreover it is our belief that it’s impossible to understand current history absent the ability to at the same time realize that the new left is driven to extreme actions including violence by this very same sacralized belief structure - it is the reason why you can never have a rational conversation with these people because they are in a very real sense, religious fanatics.
We have carefully selected a few passages from the seminal criticism, by ex-Marxists, of their former ideology as a short reader of sorts, detailing both the seductive nature of Marxism [its religious cant] as well as the measures these people are willing to employ in order to further their misguided revolution.
The following is taken from The God that Failed , this link will direct you to the complete 200 plus page work in .pdf format:
The speaker is Arthur Koestler’s chapter in the above book, which is really a compilation of similar commentary that was edited by Koestler and his wife Mamaine Paget.
This is Koestler’s remembrance of the point at which he abandoned the foundations of the West, in this particular case logic, for the Marxist dialectical process.
“Gradually I learned to distrust my mechanistic preoccupation with facts and to regard the world around me in the light of dialectic interpretation. It was a satisfactory and indeed blissful state; once you had assimilated the technique you were no longer disturbed by facts; they automatically took on the proper color and fell into their proper place. Both morally and logically the Party was infallible: morally, because its aims were right, that is, in accord with the Dialectic of History, and these aims justified all means; logically, because the Party was the vanguard of the Proletariat, and the Proletariat the embodiment of the active principle in History..” [Arthur Koestler, The God that Failed, p. 34]
Koestler here comments regarding the intellectual contortions disciples of Marx and Lenin were willing to subject themselves to in order to present to correct political face [as determined by the communist dialectic] to the enemy. Note the abrupt rejection of identifying themselves as Marxists or communists instead embracing the term “anti-Fascist,” which should provide insight into the true political ideology of the well funded leftist street thugs who call themselves AntiFa [see, Antifa wants combat training and firearms after losing the ‘Battle for Berkeley’ , the Blaze] in that by their very choice of name they telegraph their Marxism, assuming one is conversant with the relevant history.
“The most important of these was the Seventh Congress of the Comintern in 1934, which inaugurated a new policy, a complete negation of the previous one-but to be put into effect, as always, by the same leadership. All revolutionary slogans, references to the class struggle and to the Dictatorship of the Proletariat were in one sweep relegated to the lumber room. They were replaced by a brand new facade, with geranium boxes in the windows, called "Popular Front for Peace and against Fascism." Its doors were wide open to all men of good will-Socialists, Catholics, Conservatives, Nationalists. The notion that we had ever advocated revolution and violence was to be ridiculed as a bogey refuted as a slander spread by reactionary war-mongers. We no longer referred to ourselves as "Bolsheviks," nor even as Communists-the public use of the word was now rather frowned at in the Party-we were just simple, honest, peace-loving anti-Fascists and defenders of democracy. [p. 62]
On the psychic power of Marxism
“Having experienced the almost unlimited possibilities of mental acrobatism on that tight-rope stretched across one’s conscience, I know how much stretching it takes to make that elastic rope snap” [p. 72]
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism for idiots
“Communism is the belief that society can be altered by turning men into machines for altering society.” [The God that Failed, Stephen Spender, p. 271]
An unsettling parting shot an analysis not necessarily in line with the thinking of this writer, that revolves around the changing definition of “freedom” across cultural and ethnic divisions:
“It is evident to me now that my duty is to state what I, support without taking sides. Neither side, in the present alignment of the world, represents what I believe to be the only solution of the world's problems. This is: for the peoples and nations who love liberty to lead a movement throughout the world to improve the conditions of the millions of people who care more for bread than for freedom; thus raising them to a level of existence where they can care for freedom. The interests of the very few people in the world who care for the values of freedom must be identified with those of the many who need bread, or freedom will be lost.” [p. 273]
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