Nicolás Maduro: An Open Letter To The People Of The United States

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If I know anything, it is about peoples, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.

We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it’s not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.

Venezuela is a country that, by virtue of its 1999 Constitution, has broadly expanded the participatory and protagonist democracy of the people, and that is unprecedented today, as one of the countries with the largest number of electoral processes in its last 20 years. You might not like our ideology or our appearance, but we exist and we are millions.

I address these words to the people of the United States of America to warn of the gravity and danger that intend some sectors in the White House to invade Venezuela with unpredictable consequences for my country and for the entire American region. President Donald Trump also intends to disturb noble dialogue initiatives promoted by Uruguay and Mexico with the support of CARICOM for a peaceful solution and dialogue in favor of Venezuela. We know that for the good of Venezuela we have to sit down and talk because to refuse to dialogue is to choose strength as a way. Keep in mind the words of John F. Kennedy: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate”. Are those who do not want to dialogue afraid of the truth?

The political intolerance towards the Venezuelan Bolivarian model and the desires for our immense oil resources, minerals, and other great riches, has prompted an international coalition headed by the US government to commit the serious insanity of militarily attacking Venezuela under the false excuse of a non-existent humanitarian crisis.

The people of Venezuela have suffered painfully social wounds caused by a criminal commercial and financial blockade, which has been aggravated by the dispossession and robbery of our financial resources and assets in countries aligned with this demented onslaught.

And yet, thanks to a new system of social protection, of direct attention to the most vulnerable sectors, we proudly continue to be a country with high human development index and lower inequality in the Americas.

The American people must know that this complex multiform aggression is carried out with total impunity and in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which expressly outlaws the threat or use of force, among other principles and purposes for the sake of peace and the friendly relations between the Nations.

We want to continue being business partners of the people of the United States, as we have been throughout our history. Their politicians in Washington, on the other hand, are willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war, instead of respecting the sacred right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and safeguarding their sovereignty.

Like you, people of the United States, we Venezuelans are patriots. And we shall defend our homeland with all the pieces of our soul. Today Venezuela is united in a single clamor: we demand the cessation of the aggression that seeks to suffocate our economy and socially suffocate our people, as well as the cessation of the serious and dangerous threats of military intervention against Venezuela. We appeal to the good soul of the American society, a victim of its own leaders, to join our call for peace, let us be all one people against warmongering and war.

Long live the peoples of America!

Nicolás Maduro
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

  • eight.of.wands

    I second the motion.
    Thank you for your sincere message of hope, peace and courage, President Maduro.
    All of the mendacious villains greedily plotting a takeover of your beautiful country for its abundant natural resources shall be seen for who they really are, and what they really want.

  • Ron Jacobs

    Thank you. Solidarity

  • In Solidarity with Nicolas Maduro,.

    Below a link to an article which highlights the double standards being applied by the nations that show support for the US, just not the Yellow vest movement in France

    The Venezuelan Coup and Gilets Jaunes: Great-Power Politics In a Multipolar World Order [Strategic Culture Foundation]

    Peace.

  • Pat moore

    Empire, the exploitation of other people’s land and resources for the enrichment of the stronger, is crumbling around the world. Stop not only war plans, but the extortion of natural resources. No to neoliberalism.

  • Harriet Heywood

    Thank you in solidarity and peace!

  • Thom Rip

    Bravo…Excellent message with great command of the English language and continued successful command with your people Nicholas

  • Wnt1

    I don’t know whether the opposition has legitimate grievances or legal claims or who is to blame for the hardships in Venezuela. All I know is that myself and others from the U.S., so far from these events or any news source we could know to be honest, should defer to those who *do* know, who are nearly all Venezuelans. I apologize that we are ruled by people who threaten and bluster so crudely in contravention of the norms of the civilized world, such as it is. Because production of YF-VAX (against yellow fever) is presently quiescent after a brief run to alleviate a shortage for travelers, I don’t think the government actually intends a very large war — but I wouldn’t trust them to be planning that far in advance. After all, they probably aren’t planning to *lose* either, despite the obvious similarity to Vietnam! I ask all involved to make every effort to find a way to show mercy and understanding and avoid escalation and provocation.

    P.S. Would Venezuela permit delivery of humanitarian aid provided it be taken apart and inspected at the border, then distributed by local Venezuelan organizations? Would the US accept that? In each case, why or why not? There is a very basic level of information like this we don’t have in the U.S., and people in that position should never be making life and death decisions.

  • kevinzeese

    Even without the humanitarian corridors beging planned for the aid — which could also be used for military equipment or weapons — accepting humanitarian aid gives an excuse for a so-called humanitarian intervention. That is a risk not worth taking. If they want to give humanitarian aid lift the sanctions that are stealing billions annually from the economy and let Venezuela buy the medicine and food it needs on its own. Lifting the sanctions is the only aide that Venezuela needs.

  • Nora Temple

    President Maduro offers eloquence…versus madness. I am ashamed of my country. The United States once again employs its barbaric bullying to overthrow a legitimately elected government for unapologetic predatory profiteering. Greed replaces sanity and simple human decency. There is no excuse for us. Our leaders are corrupt and we, by remaining silent, are complicit.

  • Jerry Emery Delacruz

    I support Maduro.

  • ajilimoly

    This is so sad, excuse us please! For a long time our politicians Don’t represent us. It is a big pretension to try stablish democracy in others country’s when we needed.
    All the country’s we invade are in really bad shape, our long history of invasions speak for ourself. I’m really so sorry!

  • Sherwood Forrest

    As far as resources and human capital the Bolivarian Model is far superior to Oligarch Globalism and America First Lies.

  • chetdude

    The most cynical, hypocritical tactic in USAmerica’s coup against the Venezuelan people has to be the “offer of humanitarian aid”.

    After making sure that the Venezuelan government has no access to its own money or access to credit based on the substantial collateral that the largest oil reserves in the world can provide in order to starve the Venezuelan People, USAmerica offers to “feed a few of them”.

    Truly disgusting…and typical…

  • chetdude

    The USAmerican “offer of humanitarian aid” is the most cynical, hypocritical tactic in USAmerica’s coup against the Venezuelan People.

    After making sure that the Venezuelan government has no access to its own savings, income and depriving them of access to credit based on the substantial collateral that the largest oil reserves in the world can provide in order to starve the Venezuelan People, USAmerica offers to “feed a few of them”.

  • Loki Luck III

    #HandsOffVenezuela!! Regardless if you agree with Venezuela’s Politics or not.

  • Wnt1

    I don’t buy the argument that accepting aid has to be a bad thing. I remember that during the Katrina debacle, Cuba offered to provide assistance, and I thought it was a great idea Yes — it could have helped to *peacefully* normalize relations between our countries — but it is the kind of thing that a genuinely caring administration would have resorted to seeing that its FEMA had fouled up so badly, and would have helped it in the long term. By contrast, the Bush administration’s unwillingness to do anything or to care about the havoc the storm was raising fed right into the outrage that substantially helped to get Obama elected at the next available opportunity.

    Of course, accepting aid doesn’t mean that Venezuela has to let a lot of trucks full of sealed boxes and mystery personnel cross its border; after the fits Trump has pulled on border security, he is in no position to lecture anyone about excessive security paranoia.

  • Wnt1

    There is a lot of precedent for the idea of embargoes to limit military resources coupled with humanitarian aid to counteract the worst effect on civilians. I can’t say it’s a tremendously persuasive idea but given a choice between making a gentlemen’s agreement to feed some civilians versus making an unholy alliance to starve some civilians I’d rather side with the former.

  • kevinzeese

    This aid is designed as a military intervention. The US did the same thing in other wars, create a humanitarian pathway and it ends up being a military pathway.

    If the US wants to be humanitarian it is simple – -stop stealing Venezuela’ money and lift the sanctions. The reason they do not do so is because they want a humanitarian crisis as an excuse for intervention.

    This is nothing like Katrina!

  • Pamella Corvelli

    Thank you, President Maduro. I stand with you and the Venezuelan people. Not everyone in america is uninformed and idiots. Blessings to you and the Venezuelan people.

  • Tom

    Historically speaking, governments that are heavily capitalist and heavily militarized find that other, more people oriented forms of government threaten their monetary dominance of the world’s resources and have used overt and covert military operations to maintain their imperialist policies for decades if not longer. When a country’s media is dominated by corporate interests, its people get a highly spun version of the “news”, spun in the corporatist’s favor and mostly devoid of actual truth. Hence a vast majority of the people of the US are poorly informed of the reality of global politics. I applaud your courage to write this letter President Maduro. When the common people of the planet find a way to equitably distribute the world’s resources, it will be truly astonishing to the world’s richest elite that THEIR lives will get better as well as the lives of everyone else. Let us work with love and in solidarity against the corporate elites who operate primarily out of fear and who have little respect for the vast majority of humanity. Love is the most powerful force in the universe and when the tools of love become more fully apparent to humanity the world will truly change for the better!

  • David Rubinson

    https://fair.org/home/western-media-fall-in-lockstep-for-cheap-trump-rubio-venezuela-aid-pr-stunt/?awt_l=CT1aG&awt_m=hEp7B4AMx2R._TQ

    Both the Red Cross and UN warned the US not to engage in this aid PR stunt.

    The bridge in question is a visual metaphor contrived by the Trump administration of little practical relevance.

    The person in charge of US operations in Venezuela has a
    history of using aid as a cover to deliver weapons to right-wing
    mercenaries.

  • Ben Tyler

    I’m sorry, Maduro. I’m sorry for what the US Deep State is doing to your beautiful country. If We the People had any control over the decisions of our government, things would be much different. We want nothing more than to follow in Venezuela’s footsteps, on the path towards dignity and prosperity for all. But, as you know, we are in the grips of a terrible plutocratic tyranny. Our news media, social media, politicians, elections, courts, everything is bought and controlled by corporate interests. So many of our people, good people, have been misled. Like you, we are fighting for survival against a powerful plutocracy. Chavez understood this, when he said that “We are all brothers, in North America and in South America, fighting the same battle against tyranny.” Our hearts go out to you, and I promise you we are doing everything we can to educate and influence our ruling class. Venceremos, hermano.

  • Keni Lynch

    This is a courageous letter and I hope my response can meet yours. Your letter reminded me of Socrates’ final speech to his followers on the day of his death. There is no more courageous and beautiful a thing than for a truthful person to speak the truth, asking all of us to heed his advise, even as death approaches. We heard each one of your words and we share in your plight from a distance with the same sense of dread and foreboding, mixed with great hope and solidarity. As one poor philosopher to another I salute you Mr Maduro and, in the trial of history, I know, we all know, your position will be vindicated. I shed copious tears when I read Socrates advise to his students and I shed tears now… As the leader of the democratic republic of Venezuela, who has, with his predecessor President Chavez, done so much to preserve the legacy of love, equality and freedom for all the peoples within his nation (and for other nations and peoples too), I salute you again. If this foreign interference is not averted, I expect there will be war.. As you say, this is one of the saddest moments for the Americas in the 21st Century and I can only imagine the sense of gravitas you must feel on the eve of this onslaught from the USA. As someone who has survived death twice, and who has consulted every wise text in the world concerning death, please know this, death does not come as a surprise to those who speak the truth, only the peace which passes all understanding is surprising. I am of the opinion that our generation of educated world citizens of the 21st Century, will not let this stupid disaster to occur. But if it does, please know that you are in our hearts. And we will do everything in our power, in my case with words, to stop the regression to barbarism. They have taken Mr Chavez away in a cowardly manner. Now they are trying another cowardly act. Thank you President Maduro for being a continuing presence in the world for justice, love and solidarity. You have inspired so many and the many will follow you..! – from New Zealand philosopher Keni Lynch.

  • Taoskier

    I do not think the humanitarian crisis is fabricated. The BBC has made it more than clear that it is real. However, I also believe that the CIA and conservative politicians may be to blame. The problem in Venezuela is not socialism; it is US meddling. We will probably never know if the CIA is responsible for the death of former President Chavez. He seemed like a likable guy. I saw him interviewed by Oliver Stone, who also covered liberation theology and the growing socialist movements in South America. But the last thing conservatives will tolerate is a successful socialist regime in South America. That said, I will say what I have said elsewhere: President Maduro, for the sake of his people, should admit he’s lost a very cold war. This does not have to mean total surrender, however. I think President Maduro should let food and supplies in. He could say the US caused the problem, so he’s letting the US help solve it. After that, well, it’s complicated. The US will try to prop up the opposition. But I don’t think the people of the US have any appetite for another “hot” war. So, even if President Maduro is forced underground and has to engage in guerrilla warfare (in the worst case), there is still a chance socialism might win. At this point, though, President Maduro should let food, supplies, and medicine into the country. I realize that President Maduro’s opposition will try to take credit. I realize letting supplies in may be PERCEIVED as a failure of socialism. But wise people will know that’s not the case. So I would beseech President Maduro to let the supplies in, then continue the fight for a socialist Venezuela. I know that won’t be easy, but it’s the best option at the moment.

  • Laura Miller

    Wow! what do we believe? Does it matter? So so sad..

  • Bobs_Vendetta

    Most in America will never see this. Those who do should spread it where they can.

  • chetdude

    USAmerica is supporting the Venezuelan Oligarch Class in trying to starve the Venezuelan People and then cynically pretends to try to feed a few of them.

    I won’t side with them…ever…

  • Keni Lynch

    You are right. The so called ‘aid’ is a media ploy. There is no aid to speak of. 5000 lunches for 5000 people for one week. What’s that going to do..? It’s a Tojan Horse. The US is clearly at Stage 2 of its plan to invade if necessary. They did it with many countries over the years. It is just that this time they are commandeering left-wing rhetoric to serve their unjust cause to lull us into thinking Maduro is wrong. It will be like President Fujimori’s response to “The Japanese Embassy Crisis” in Peru. Fujimori appeared to cooperate in order to compete. He pretended to cooperate, hiding his true intention to destroy the MRTA. The US only makes a show of cooperating, when their true intent is to destroy and take control. They make false allegations, publicize these to get support, then move in for the kill, just as their propaganda expert Edward Bernays recommended. It’s an old game and it’s tired. No one with any intelligence believes in these tactics anymore. But it does make you wonder what the Wall is for. Is it going to be ‘wars’ in the plural from now on and airstrikes on all of South America, like Israel does with the Palestinian territories..? Shooting fish in a barrel? How disgusting can the US be? Has it no conscience?

  • Keni Lynch

    Yep..!

  • Keni Lynch

    Yep. It’s sick..!

  • Lloyd Gretton

    One mistake. the politicians in Washington do not send their sons and daughters to die in wars, they send other ordinary Americans’ sons and daughters.

  • Eddie Quist

    For far too long America has had weak adversaries. a gut feeling that I have tells me any American military intervention on Venezuela may end up in a disaster