Man, too much to deal with this week to follow this thread consistently, and things are accelerating. Trying to keep us as limited time allows.
GarryB wrote:The US has screwed up coup attempts in Venezuela in the past
Yes they have, and I'm hoping they'll do it again here with tremendously embarrassing and self-damaging repercussions.
GarryB wrote:I suspect the cancer that Chaves died from was cooked up in a CIA lab somewhere as revenge.
I've seen speculations of that in various articles and commentaries over the years. I've not seen substantiation of it, but I am personally inclined to give much credibility to such suspicions.
Maduro should say that he will hold elections... as soon as Spain recognises their separatists rights and released their political prisoners, the UK releases a certain political prisoner in the Equadorian embassy, France holds elections to replace Micron right now, the US lets the native Americans take control of the country, the Australians allow Aboriginal rule, etc etc After all that is done he will hold elections for the west... otherwise he will follow the Venezuelan elections like he is supposed to...
Even generally astute people can fall into confusing two things: the bottom-line reality of geopolitics, and the moralizing drivel they feed the masses to secure domestic consent and/or apathy through the use of false narratives.
Maduro could do all those things you stated and it would be in real
reality admirable and righteous to do so. But, it's through the narratives constructed by the MSM that most NATO-lands dwellers form their view of reality. Accordingly, Maduro's actions would be almost completely ignored by the western MSM. To whatever small extent they weren't ignored, they they would be sneered at and and summarily dismissed; what else is to be expected from "socialist dictators," you understand....
The bottom line is that what the US is doing, along with the UK et. al. toadying and playing right along, is gangster shit
: lying, intimidating, killing and robbing. This is why mob-themed films and TV series can often work so well as metaphors for what happens at the highest levels of power.
BTW, deep down, most everyday dopes desperately want to believe the false narratives because they like the psychological cushioning and absolvement these false narratives provide.
The world is a smoke-and-mirrors game. If most people in the west were really forced to face what their own governments, the ones they "elect," do in their names... it would be like that moment when you lift a large sheet of plywood off of a patch of lush grass its been sitting on for months or years and see exactly what's there underneath...