Letter To The People Of The US From President Maduro

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Above photo: Embassy Protectors at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC. April 2009. By Alina Duarte.

TAKE ACTION: Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that calls for no war on Venezuela and stop the sanctions. Share it on social media using the hashtag #FightCOVIDNotVenezuela and target your member of Congress as well as President Trump. Spread the word however you can by sharing this letter on social media and by email. Write letters to your editor opposing war on Venezuela. The United Nations has called for a global ceasefire to focus on the COVID19 pandemic. We need to be fighting the disease not each other. We need to send doctors, not soldiers. Tag @PopResistance and we’ll retweet your tweets. Thank you. – Popular Resistance

To the People of the United States of America;

For weeks now, the world stands still, trying to control a pandemic that, without any doubt, is the greatest challenge we have faced together as a society and as an international community. Our priority is confronting it, as is the priority of the people of the United States.

Fortunately, in Venezuela, we have been able to count on some advantages. We took very early measures of social distancing and amplified testing, relying on our free and public healthcare system that counts doctors throughout the country with what we call family. We also rely on the invaluable community-based organizations to help raise social awareness and support the most vulnerable sectors. The solidarity of Cuba, China and Russia, and the support of the World Health Organization has likewise allowed us to obtain necessary medical supplies despite Donald Trump’s illegal sanctions.

In expressing my solidarity to you in this important historic challenge, as well as our consternation and grief for the consequences of the pandemic in the U.S., I also have the obligation to make you aware that as the world focuses on dealing with the COVID-19 emergency, the Trump administration, once again instrumentalizing institutions in order to fulfill electoral objectives, and based on infamies under the pretext of the War on Drugs, has ordered the largest U.S. military deployment in our region in the last 30 years, with the purpose of threatening Venezuela and bringing to our region a costly, bloody, military conflict of indefinite duration.

In the runup to this fallacious maneuver, last March 26, William Barr, an Attorney General of questionable independence (who recommended the 1989 invasion of Panama against Noriega and helped cover up the irregularities of the Iran-Contra scandal), filed, without showing any evidence whatsoever, accusations of drug trafficking towards the United States against myself and senior Venezuelan state officials, even though data from the Department of Defense itself showed that, unlike Colombia and Honduras, two of Washington’s allied countries, Venezuela is not a primary transit country towards the United States.

It is clear that the Trump administration is creating a smokescreen to cloud the improvised and erratic handling of the pandemic in the United States. The most optimistic forecast shows that close to 240,000 souls will be lost in the United States. From the beginning, Donald Trump downplayed and even denied it, the same way he has done with climate change. Today, the crisis in the United States aggravates simply because, despite having the resources, he is not willing to transform the healthcare system to prioritize full care for the population instead of profit-based private medicine, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical industry.

We in Venezuela do not want an armed conflict in our region. We want brotherly relations of cooperation, exchange and respect.

We cannot accept war threats, nor blockades, nor can we accept the intention of installing an international tutelage that violates our sovereignty and disavows the progress made in the last year in the sincere political dialogue between the government and a large part of the Venezuelan opposition that wants political solutions and not oil wars.

Based on the foregoing, I call upon the people of the United States to stop this madness, to hold your officials accountable and to force them to focus their attention and their resources on urgently addressing the pandemic. I also ask, together with the end to military threats, the end to the illegal sanctions and blockade that restrict the access to humanitarian goods that are so necessary for the country today. I wholeheartedly ask you not to allow your country to be dragged once again into another unending conflict, another Viet Nam, another Iraq, but this time, closer to home.

The peoples of the United States and Venezuela are not as different as their lies intend us to believe. We are peoples seeking a more just, free, and compassionate society. Let us not let the particular interests of minorities blinded by ambition to set us apart. We, as our leader Hugo  Chavez once said, share the same dream. The dream of Martin Luther King is also the dream of Venezuela and its revolutionary government. I invite you to struggle together in order to make that dream come true.

No to a United States war against Venezuela.

No more criminal sanctions.

We want peace.

Nicolás Maduro Moros

 

  • 0040

    Any national government worth its salt must know that sucking up to America makes said country a target not a partner. Mr Maduro betrays himself as naive or desperate in doing so. .

  • Margaret Flowers

    You are mistaken. The Venezuelan government has been resisting US imperialism and using its resources to benefit its people. It is the US puppet Guaido who wants to sell the country to the US and other western nations and who is willing to encourage sanctions and military invasion by the US to get it.

  • 0040

    Maybe wben Hugo Chavez ran things ! Mr Guaido an Obomber clone would be el presidente now were it not for the Russians and Chinese propping up the inept Maduro. As was offered in an article yesterday on how the unwillingness to clean house by weak leadership from Obomber to Lula to Rousseff and Maduro always leads to worse disasters.

  • Eduardo Cohen

    Sounds like Sectarian Counter-Revolutionary Marxist (probably Trotskyist) propaganda with a heavy dose of Yankee victim-blaming thrown in. Just what we needed. Thank you so much. Its so helpful. A sincere thank you to Ms. Flowers whose positive, constructive and reality based commentary is what is needed. – Eduardo Cohen

  • Big Brother Sam Other

    You think DT has any of the real power by himself? This is World War 3: The 1% oligarchy against the whole world. They own politicians on both sides of the aisle. They have the power to shut off the whole economy and terrorize all the people with the media and PR companies they own. They want it all. Yellow vest protestors are now ordered 6 feet apart and told to stay inside. “Social distancing” has entered our vocabulary, culture, psyches. Fear, fear, fear. “New normal.” “Nothing may get back to normal.” “We now live in a post-coronavirus world.” Eyes open. It’s not US empire, it’s 1% empire. Transnational capitalist oligarchs that don’t care what flag flies over their heads.

    Isn’t the second, or so, richest person in the world the big expert on the pandemic in the media, not even a doctor, and didn”t he say he works closely with Fauci? The ninth, or so, richest person in the world tried to buy the democratic party election to stop Bernie Sanders from becoming president. Hello?

  • tttbnr

    The elimination of US spooks is needed, too. Tried, convicted, hanged.

  • didactic1

    Use the money you and your friends have stolen from public funds Mr Maduro to resettle Venezuelan refugees back home in Venezuela. After you have divested yourself completely, ask Cuba for asylum, if they will have you. Otherwise, do what a man of honor would to show remorse.

  • didactic1

    He is a thief.

  • didactic1

    He destroyed whatever good Chavez did. Is there no cyanide left in Venezuela?

  • didactic1

    Should Maduro return public assets he has stolen?

  • 0040

    Of course but what he has squirreled away for his retirement is miniscule when compared to American graft and that of his rivals . A man who thinks small historically is a defining trait, among todays ‘second men” who have attained “first man” revered leader status . Lula , Rousseff, Allende and even Raul Castro etal were all examples of that tendency.

  • 0040

    In a 3 Stooges like episode the hapless CIA station in Venezuela did try to assassinate him with a defective drone. Like Iran , Venezuela is doing quite well as long as Mr Putin remains in power, and has a role for Maduro to play, although he has a lot of negatives , and his control of his generals appears tentative. .

  • 0040

    Ms Flowers wishes to be an upper echelon member of America’s ruling elite rather than a member of the loyal opposition from my perspective ? As do most of America’s faux left.

  • 0040

    In fact much of Venezuela’s wealth is still in hands of various Quislings now in self imposed exile in the US sunbelt or ultimately in the hands of US oil pigs. A fact Maduro is exquisitely aware of.

  • didactic1

    Emperor Maximilian?

  • didactic1

    Dictator quality has declined along with quality of so called democratic leaders. All went down hill with Jimmy Carter.

  • didactic1

    There will soon be bankrupt real estate partnerships in Florida. Set him up on Coconut Grove. Most of Venezuela’s professionals already in Miami.

  • didactic1

    Benefits like abject poverty and disease.

  • didactic1

    Nice job by his US DC Law firm. What is retainer?

  • didactic1

    US does not own China or Russia. Or Iran and Syria.

  • didactic1

    Dr Flowers.

  • didactic1

    No one wants his oil. Oil is a surplus commodity. It’s 2020, not 2000.

  • kevinzeese

    If that were her goal she would not be a low paid activist.

  • kevinzeese

    Maduro is fighting back. He has negotiated those relationships with Russia and China. He has created a more than 3 million person civilian defense for that is trained and armed. The US will lose if they make the mistake of going to war against Venezuela. It will be a disaster for Venezuela and the region, but Maduro and the people of Venezuela will not give up their independende.

  • kevinzeese

    He has not taken any public assets. Maduro has continued to make sure the assets of Venezuela are distributed fairluy. The only people who make the claim you make are wealthy Venezuelans, US imperialists or people fooled by US propaganda.. Which one are you?

  • kevinzeese

    He has not squitteled awary for his retirement. People who make those claims either know they are lying or are ignorant.

  • kevinzeese

    A lot of the wealthy Venezuelans who support the coup have fled the country and taken the resources they could with them. They are not patriotic Venezuelans. Those like Maduro who have stayed behind will continue to stand up against hte US.

  • kevinzeese

    Venezuela also is number one in gold and diamonds, number 5 in the world in gas, fresh water and has vast recourses of minerals for electronics and weapons. It is that latter category that the US wants most for its war machine. The US is dependent on China and Africa. China is the top target of US securty strategy so it cannot be dependent on China.

    The other reason for US aggression is it does not like countries that declare their independence from US empire, especially when they strive toward socialism.

  • kevinzeese

    Those are caused by the US economic war. The illegal unilateral measures (sanctions) are designed to destroy the country, create poverty and undermine what was one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Even with the economic war, Venezuela is handling the pandemic much better than the US.

  • kevinzeese

    Nonsense. Even with the aggressive US economic war he has built more than three million social housing units, free housing for the poor. Each for an average of four people that is 12 million Venezuelans (and many Colomians who have fled their violent country). In addition, the CLAPP program provides food and kitchen needs each month for sixr million households or 24 million people out of a population of 32 million.

    Add to that expanding education and virtually ending illteracy and making healthcare available to all.

    All this while being attacted economically by the US and its western allies who want to steal the countries immense natural resroures.

  • kevinzeese

    Russia and China are both trying to fill the void created by the US economic war. They have tried everything to remove Maduro, but he has defeated the US each time. Now, phony narco-trafficking charges and the threat of military force. Maduro is still standing strong for the people of Venezuela. What we are told in the United States is the opposite of the truth.

  • kevinzeese

    Maduro is not a dictator. I was in Venezuela for his re-election and so a democracy that is more democratic than the US. Almost everyone is registered to vote. They make sure voting machines are sufficient to make voting easy. They have multiple parties, not just two. Venezuela is actually a deep democracy that the US could learn for if it would stop lying and calling it a dictatorship.

  • kevinzeese

    These kinds of lies come from US propagandists, wealthy Venezuelans and people fooled by US propaganda – -which one are you.

    Hundreds of Venezuelans wanted to return home from the US during the pandemic but the US would not allow their chartered plane. They want to go home because the US is handling the pandemic so poorly and Venezuela is handing it well. The same is true for Venezuelans in Colombia, some of whom are walking 1,000 miles to get home.

  • kevinzeese

    You got a lot right in your comment, but Putin is not trying to impose a new leader on Venezuela, that is what the US is doing. Putin is respecting Venezuela’s sovereignty and supporting Venezuela against US aggression.

  • 0040

    Disagree, Maduro was and is the classic “second man” from the Chavez era and is now somewhat adrift , which makes Mr Putin’s efforts to avoid global conflict with the US and its allies more difficult.

  • didactic1

    I simply follow a heterogeneous number of news sources.

  • didactic1

    You should visit the refugees.

  • didactic1

    Simplicity like this insults your intelligence.

  • 0040

    Your political bent demands that that be true ? But it isn’t ! Even Fidel Castro’s nest egg was in the 100s of millions. Arafat had squirrelled away 90 million scarce aid dollars , and when he died his extended family started fighting over it. Conversely Mr Putin with Kissinger’s investment advice is now one of the world’s wealthiest men? Mao and Ho Chi Minh are among the few that avoided that trap, but did so at enormous cost to their peoples..

  • didactic1

    Low oil prices severely damaged Venezuela, the corruption destroyed it, the apologists will bury it.

  • didactic1

    Rather racist. Most of the Venezuelans in South Fla are educated but hardly wealthy. Assumptions like yours are what racists do.

  • didactic1

    None? Ok. Nice box you locked yourself in. None?

  • 0040

    Mr Maduro dearly wants to play Let’s Make Make A Deal , with Trump rules. Mr Putin, the Chinese and his generals are advising him against it, to be sure all with their own and transparent aims .

  • 0040

    Disagree Mr Putin is a high water mark currently as tyrants go. Ho Chi Minh and Mao very successful as well , but are being written out of history quickly. FDR was the last successful American tyrant.

  • 0040

    Maduro , like Trump, Putin , Boris Johnson ,and Xi Jinping, etc are tyrants and are products of a rigged political system . Clearly you have redefined tyrant to fit your demagoguery.

  • 0040

    Nero and Caligula also built housing and fed needy Romans? When politically expedient .

  • 0040

    There are no refugees from Venezuela only wealthy crooks returning to their American mansions with their ill gotten gains.

  • 0040

    China and India the world’s largest countries want his oil and are getting it at fire sale prices currently. I refer you to your comment on simplicity?

  • 0040

    Your snark betrays your motives .”Low paid” indeed?

  • 0040

    You may well call her the “Queen of Sheba” but it would not change the point of these discussions. Naming people by title/job description in political discussion is a rhetorical device at best and servile at worst. The world’s worst surviving war criminal Henry Kissinger is always called Doctor in the fake news media as well ?

  • 0040

    Not at all. Servants of those that are wealthy more likely looking to bleed the poor old American taxpayers using what’s left of the social safety net. now in tatters .These folk bring their slave with them they bail out or are chased out .

  • 0040

    International banksters and computers have facilitated the extraction of this wealth , by erasing borders for these thieves

  • didactic1

    Give m coronabucks. Just paper after all.

  • didactic1

    If I’m choking on my own words, I trust her to pop my esophagus clear.

  • didactic1

    Throw in some diet coke too.

  • didactic1

    There are tens of thousands of destitute Venezuelans in camps in Columbia.

  • didactic1

    Henry is Herr Doktor to you.

  • didactic1

    Agree about Putin. Saved Europe and America from Al fng Queda. Fdr was a genial tyrant,but likely was poisoned slowly over last year and half of his life. First big OSS-CIA domestic op. Well done Dulles!

  • 0040

    Possibly but unlikely FDR was a victim of polio and frail thereafter despite the massive and successful propaganda effort to the contrary. Dulles did however order the operation that killed JFK as the Zapruder footage showed at least 2 explosive bullets blowing his brains out.

  • 0040

    Mostly native South Americans who could care less about boundaries drawn by the Spanish and other gringo elites in earlier attempts to seize control of resources . Like the term Arab an artificial and recent connotation designed by Churchill for the same purpose.

  • 0040

    Diet coke has been proven to cause cancer

  • 0040

    First she would need to check your political affiliations and vaccine record then perhaps .

  • didactic1

    I always reveal all to my physician.

  • didactic1

    Yes indeed.

  • didactic1

    Nevertheless, Venezuelans are rushing to those borders. Maduro made them real

  • didactic1

    Allen was a serial killer with impeccable social ties.

  • kevinzeese

    There are tens of thousands of Colombians in social housing in Venezuela, given to them for free by the government.

    Colombia is spelled with an ‘o’.

  • didactic1

    O Fock. Your response does not address the misery driving people of all classes out of Venezuela.

  • Kapricorn4

    The sweetener Aspertame is likely the cause of cancer.

  • Kapricorn4

    Henry has a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

  • Kapricorn4

    Julius Caesar was to some extent a progressive, since he wanted to limit the ownership of land by the ultra rich. For his efforts he was stabbed death by most of the Senators.
    His famous last words as he was dying of his wounds according to Shakespeare were
    “Et tu, Brute ?”

  • Kapricorn4

    Maduro was democratically elected by the Venezuelan people. His crime has been the redistribution of the oil wealth, to provide healthcare and education for the populace.

  • Niemand

    Most spooks are okay. It’s the psychopaths that need to go.

  • dreamjoehill

    It’s imperialism that needs to go. Without it there would be far less spooks.

  • dreamjoehill

    You need to show proof of Maduro’s larceny or STFU.

  • dreamjoehill

    Don’t like FDR? You’re right wing is showing.

  • dreamjoehill

    No you just claim Maduro is a tyrant w/o offering any evidence. Typical rightist propaganda.
    Provide evidence or stop stinkin up the neighborhood.

  • dreamjoehill

    I see you still have no evidence for your claims.

  • dreamjoehill

    Prove it.

  • dreamjoehill

    Your posts provide no evidence of this alleged economic refugee exodus. YOu are a right wing propagandist.

  • dreamjoehill

    Do you have any intelligence to insult? Are you hiding it with the evidence of a massive economic refugee exodus?

  • dreamjoehill

    Right wing pig alert!

  • dreamjoehill

    Aww look, the rightist suddenly discovers a concern for racism, when it’s convenient.

  • dreamjoehill

    Who was Allende second to?

  • dreamjoehill

    Should you stop spreading shameless right wing propaganda?

  • dreamjoehill

    Prove it!

  • didactic1

    Sounds like a threat. I did dream I saw Joe Hill. Wasn’t you.

  • didactic1

    Aw, sure he should. He can keep finder fee. We are all adults.

  • didactic1

    What rightist? I’m in Tao. No direction known.

  • didactic1

    So Joe & Hill, what’s the retainer?

  • didactic1

    Is this a dialogue? As Lou Reed exhaled, White Light, White Heat.

  • didactic1

    Are we in Maduro’s Hall of Justice Joe? The real Joe Hill would be sitting on a pile of his own feces in a Maduro prison.

  • didactic1

    You can get a flight to Columbia thru Miami.

  • didactic1

    Need? Evidence? This ain’t no court fool.

  • dreamjoehill

    So you’re just a rightwing bullshitter.

    Got it.

  • dreamjoehill

    Quite an asinine response.

  • dreamjoehill

    I think you are full of feces, an arrogant right wing bullshitter with nothing to offer but unsubstantiated propaganda.

    Get lost! You’re stinkin up the neighborhood.

  • dreamjoehill

    YOu can quote Lou Reed all you want. You’re still a vile right wing propagandist,

  • dreamjoehill

    Denying that you’re a rightist just proves your dishonesty, as the rightist nature of your posts is self evident.

  • dreamjoehill

    A threat? Do you need to go to your safe space, you dishonest POS.

  • didactic1

    May I point out you repeat yourself?

  • dreamjoehill

    Look in the mirror hypocrite. Your posts are incredibly repetitive. Just the same right wing talking points incessantly.

  • kevinzeese

    In fact, the CIA factbook says Venezuela has a very low emigration rate. It is one more falsehood we are told in the US media and by the bipartisans in D.
    https://popularresistance.org/mass-exodus-from-venezuela-anther-big-regime-change-lie/

    And, here is another article about this falsehood
    https://popularresistance.org/fallacies-and-inaccuracies-about-venezuelan-migration/

  • dreamjoehill

    Thanks for the links.

    The arrogance of these right wing imperialist posters is matched only by their dishonesty

  • dreamjoehill

    Donald Trump, as well as all the White House spokesmen, have said tirelessly that Venezuela is going through a deep humanitarian crisis that has forced “millions of Venezuelans to flee”.

    Your propaganda is the same as T-rump’s.

    Are you a T-rumpsucker?

    Sounds like it.

    Make America Grunt Again!

    The CIA reports that during the year 2018 the net migration rate in Venezuela was -1.2 migrants / 1000 inhabitants…. According to this rate, the calculations show that, since we [Venezuelans] are 31,689,175 inhabitants, in 2018, 38,027 people emigrated, in net terms, and not 3,400,000, as Pence affirmed in the UN Security Council.

    “Relatively similar figures are reported by the World Bank in its database. According to this organization in 2017, net migration in Venezuela was 60,493 people. Closer to 38,027 than to the 3,400,000 that Pence said and that all their allied countries repeated in the UN Security Council.”

    So you and Mike “the Dominionist” Pence are pushing the same propaganda poop. Filthy right wing lies soaked in the blood of the millions of dead at the hands of Western Imperialism in Central & South America.

    Good For You!

  • Cab Driver xxx

    Yes. No surprise it’s found a nest at the Digger.

  • Cab Driver xxx

    One liners. The guy is a shill. If you ban him it just grows another head and comes back in yet another form.