Joe Gannon: On Valley activists in the Venezuelan Embassy

  • Signs hang on the chained front door to the shuttered Venezuelan Embassy, Thursday, April 25, in Washington.   AP PHOTO/PATRICK SEMANSKY 

Published: 5/15/2019 9:15:11 AM

How exciting to see Valley activists trekking down to Washington D.C, risking life and limb to make sure the Venezuelan Embassy is not taken over by CIA-financed, U.S. boot-licking …Venezuelans?

Que me dices?

It is at moments like these we can see two traits that unite the left and right in the United States and make much of the world look upon us piteously and respond with an “Oh, bless their hearts.” First, is that we cannot hold two ideas in our head at once: The United States does seek regime change in Venezuela for the usual imperialist reasons, AND Nicolás Maduro is your classic caudillo sumbitch who deserves to be overthrown by his own people. Second, is that left or right, most Americans subscribe to the same arrogant paradigm that sees the USA as the great star around which all planets revolve: The United States as the ultimate force for Good, or the ultimate force for Evil, but it is the ultimate Arbiter of the world.

But doing so robs the rest of the world of its agency, its sovereignty — if the Venezuelans (or Nicaraguans) want to fight their battles based on the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” and wind up in bed with Marco Rubio or Mike Pompeo (creepy though that is), they may do so without Gringolandia getting its snooty nose out of joint and actually looking down on them for not following The American Game Plan.

“Hands off Venezuela” is a great chant — but in Latin America, it is aimed at all of us, left, right and center.

Joe Gannon
Northampton




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