“We’d forgotten for so long that Chavez is simply a man like any other, a man of flesh and blood. For many Venezuelans, Chavez is a savior who arrived to help everybody else and now he’s the one who needs help, and many of us fear all will be lost if he dies.”
“We must make it difficult for him to govern”, said former US State Department chief Lawrence Eagleberger.
The more popular Chavez became, the more millions of dollars flowed from US agencies to anti-Chavez groups to destabilize, discredit, delegitimize, overthrow, assassinate or remove him from power by any means possible.
Washington isn’t included in any of these organizations, nor is the elite that previously dominated the region.
That same year, Washington created a special intelligence mission dedicated to Venezuela and Cuba, increasing resources for operations against them.
International media call Chavez a dictator, tyrant, authoritarian, narco, anti-American, terrorist, but they never present proof for such dangerous titles.They have converted the image of Venezuela into violence, insecurity, crime, corruption and chaos, failing to mention the incredible achievements and social advances during the last decade, or the causes of the social inequalities left behind from previous governments.
They say again and again that Venezuela and Chavez are threats to the US. “He must be stopped”, they say, before he “launches Iranian bombs against us”.
More than $20 million in US taxpayer dollars have been channeled from US agencies to help fund the opposition’s campaign in Venezuela.
The sensation of sovereignty, independence and union in the region has buried the shadow of sub development and subordination imposed by colonial powers during centuries past.