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U.S. Provoking War With Venezuela

Netherlands has Granted U.S. Military Use of its Islands in the Caribbean

globalresearch.ca
January 14, 2010

The government of the Netherlands recently granted the US military use of its islands in the Caribbean, with the excuse that this is to help in the “war against drugs”. In reality, this is a direct threat to the Chavez government in Venezuela.

In the Dutch media articles have appeared about the “war-mongering” president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, who is “preparing a war against Colombia”. Now Chávez has accused the Netherlands of supporting aggression against Venezuela, because the Netherlands has given permission to the American armed forces to use the military bases on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba and Curaçao[1].

In the media Hugo Chávez, as always, has been presented like some “crazy populist”, and of course the “civilised Netherlands” are presented as being totally innocent.

Later Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch minister of foreign affairs, said the American military were on Aruba and Curaçao, as part of the “war against drugs”. He remains silent about what is really happening on Aruba and Curaçao.

Authors such as Noam Chomsky and Eva Golinger have pointed out in different articles that the so-called “war against drugs” has nothing to do with any battle against drug smuggling, but has been used for other causes such as fighting against guerrilla movements and the spying of other countries. Since the start of the “war against drugs” there has only been more smuggling and consumption of drugs.

The fact that the Netherlands are participating in this is quite normal, because the Dutch government has a tradition of supporting American imperialism. After Britain the Netherlands are the biggest ally of the U.S. in Western Europe. The cabinet of Prime Minister Balkenende gave political support to the invasion of Iraq that was based completely on lies. Now the Netherlands have troops in Afghanistan, officially to rebuild the country, but in practice to prop up the corrupt regime of Karzai.

The bases on Aruba and Curaçao

In 1999 the Netherlands and the U.S. signed an agreement for the establishment of Forward Operating Locations (FOLs). This meant that the American military could use air force bases on Aruba and Curaçao. While the bases were originally used for operations against drug smuggling and the Colombian guerrilla movement FARC, this changed with the election of George Bush. Venezuela was seen as a threat by then, because it was a beacon of hope for the poor and working people of Latin America. In 2002 there was a CIA-backed coup attempt against the democratically elected Hugo Chávez. Since then there have only been more intrigues against Venezuela.

In 2006 there was a big military exercise by the U.S., Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, France and Canada in the Caribbean, named Joint Caribbean Lion 2006. This exercise was clearly a provocation against Venezuela. After criticisms by the Venezuelan government the then-minister of defence Henk Kamp and some right-wing MPs decided to accuse Chávez of “wanting to conquer the Antilles”. This was based on false statements from the Venezuelan opposition, that stated Chávez claimed everything within 200 miles from the Venezuelan coast as Venezuelan territory, while in that speech Chávez clearly said “12”, and not “200” miles.

Now there is a new conflict. This has everything to do with the recent militarization of Colombia and its seven military bases that have been given to American troops. Venezuela is not talking nonsense as the media keep claiming. Colombia’s military spending now is 5% of its Gross Domestic Product. At the peak of her struggle against the FARC this was 2.5%.

Also the American Fourth Fleet has been stationed back in the Caribbean since 2008. This fleet was disbanded in 1950 after the end of WWII, but now it is back and close to the Venezuelan coast.

The Netherlands are now playing the role of junior partner of the U.S. in the Caribbean. Different spy planes have been detected above Venezuela. An American Boeing RC-135 has taken off at different times from Curaçao and has been detected over Venezuelan air space.

Hugo Chavez orders military to shoot at US aircraft

 

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[…] Estiman que el 25% d ela población venezolana participaría en una revuelta contra el gobierno, baj…s. Y en verdad, quizás sea la descripción numérica más acertada del universo opositor actual. Cuentan con el Zulia, en donde los embajadores de Estados Unidos han concentrado sus esfuerzos y la CIA y e Departamento de Defensa e Inteligencia han jugado a crear “emblemas separatistas” (con este eufemismo engloban los discursos del gobernador del Zulia, amparándose en una representación del pueblo zuliano; también caben movimientos clandestinos, estudiantiles y la penetración paramilitar desde Colombia). Precisamente en esta dirección se encontraba Magaly Janeth Moreno, a.k.a. “La perla”. Era la líder de una rama de las AUC (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia), directamente involucrada con Álvaro Uribe (PRESIDENTE DE COLOMBIA) y también con el abogado General Luis Camilo Osorio Isaza, embajador de Colombia en México. […]

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[…] Estiman que el 25% d ela población venezolana participaría en una revuelta contra el gobierno, baj…s. Y en verdad, quizás sea la descripción numérica más acertada del universo opositor actual. Cuentan con el Zulia, en donde los embajadores de Estados Unidos han concentrado sus esfuerzos y la CIA y e Departamento de Defensa e Inteligencia han jugado a crear “emblemas separatistas” (con este eufemismo engloban los discursos del gobernador del Zulia, amparándose en una representación del pueblo zuliano; también caben movimientos clandestinos, estudiantiles y la penetración paramilitar desde Colombia). Precisamente en esta dirección se encontraba Magaly Janeth Moreno, a.k.a. “La perla”. Era la líder de una rama de las AUC (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia), directamente involucrada con Álvaro Uribe (PRESIDENTE DE COLOMBIA) y también con el abogado General Luis Camilo Osorio Isaza, embajador de Colombia en México. […]

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