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Venezuelan soldiers set fire to aid convoys at Colombia border as two protesters killed in clashes

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    vord
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    Shamelessly re-posting this from Reddit, because this article reeks of more of the same from the USA. US CIA Coup Playbook: How to Plunder Resources from Foreign Countries While Pretending to...

    Shamelessly re-posting this from Reddit, because this article reeks of more of the same from the USA.

    US CIA Coup Playbook:

    How to Plunder Resources from Foreign Countries While Pretending to Support Democracy

    1. Find a country with resources you want.

    2. Send in an “Economic Hitman” to offer bribes the country’s leader in the form of personally lucrative business deals. If he accepts the deal, the leader will amass a personal fortune in exchange for "privatizing” the resources you wish to extract.

    If the leader will not accept your bribes, begin the regime-change process.

    1. Engage in economic warfare by imposing crippling sanctions on the country and blame the ensuing shortages on the leader’s “socialist” policies.

    2. Work with right-wing allies inside country to fund and organize an “astroturf” opposition group behind a corporate-friendly puppet.

    3. Hire thugs inside country to incite unrest and violence against the government in coordination with your opposition group. Use corporate media to publicize the orchestrated outbursts as popular outrage and paint a picture of a “failed state” mired in corruption and chaos.

    4. When the government arrests your thugs, decry the response as the brutal repression. Use corporate-owned media to demonize the target government as a despotic regime while praising your puppet opposition as champions of democracy.

    5. Work with right-wing military leaders to organize the overthrow the government (offer them the same business deals the current leader refused).

    6. If a military-led coup cannot be organized, create a mercenary army to carry out acts of terrorism against the government and its supporters. Portray the mercenaries as “freedom fighters” and their acts of terrorism as a “civil war”.

    7. If the target government has popular and military support and is too well-defended for your mercenaries to over-throw: label the country a “rouge state” and wait for the right time to invade. Meanwhile, continue to wear the country’s government and populace down using steps 3 – 8.

    8. Escalate the terror campaign within the country to provoke a military response from the country against the US. If they won’t take the bait , fabricate an attack or threat that you can sell to the US population as justification for an invasion.

    9. Once the government is removed, set up your puppet regime to provide the illusion of sovereignty. The regime will facilitate and legitimize your appropriation of the country’s resources under the guise of "free" trade.

    10. As you continue to extract the country’s resources, provide intelligence and military support to the puppet regime to suppress popular dissent within the country.

    11. Use the demise of the former government as yet another example of the impracticality of “socialism.”

    So the "aid" is only needed because of step 3. Steps 4,5,6 have been happening from some time now. I fear for the future of Venezuela.

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    1. PaKYr
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      Not gonna argue the whole thing, but I would just like to point out that the first US sanctions on the Venezuelan economy-at-large were imposed in 2017, 4 years after the crisis began, and only...

      Not gonna argue the whole thing, but I would just like to point out that the first US sanctions on the Venezuelan economy-at-large were imposed in 2017, 4 years after the crisis began, and only prevented the country from taking out loans in the US. The US also remained Venezuela's largest oil customer until about two weeks ago when sanctions were imposed on Venezuela's oil sector as well.

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    edward
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    ...if you believe the first-world Western media who are in support of regime change. Venezuelan state media teleSUR claims it was right-wing opposition who burned their own trucks as a false flag....

    ...if you believe the first-world Western media who are in support of regime change.

    Venezuelan state media teleSUR claims it was right-wing opposition who burned their own trucks as a false flag.

    Both sides have their own interests and reasons for lying, and one side is lying, but we really don't have any way of knowing which it is.

    Either way, this is just another event ramping up to a conflict that will lead to the deaths of thousands of innocent Venezuelans, and quite possibly end with an even worse, right-wing government in charge. At best, another classic Latin American coup; at worst, Trump's Iraq.

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    1. hungariantoast
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      As an American who grew up during the aftermath of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and comes from a family with strong military histories on both his mother's and father's sides of the...

      As an American who grew up during the aftermath of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and comes from a family with strong military histories on both his mother's and father's sides of the family, the decision of whether to enlist in the event of another war is actually something I've struggled to find an answer for.

      Obviously, the events surrounding the theoretical war would play a large part in my decision to enlist, but my political beliefs are very different from what seems to be the stereotype of Conservatism in the military. That, combined with my utter distaste for the man who currently holds the Office of the Presidency of the United States certainly makes it an even harder decision to join, but I can't deny the patriotic fervor and ideas of brotherhood that seem to be ingrained in the minds of every American male.

      I know that enlisting doesn't mean becoming a Marine and fighting in combat zones. I could just as easily join the Air Force or another branch and work towards another role, but that doesn't make the internal struggle any easier.

      I don't know, I haven't followed the situation in Venezuela as closely as I should, but your mentioning of "Trump's Iraq" brought the perils of the decision back to the front of my thoughts and in this moment, I felt like sharing.

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