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Thursday, May 3, 2018

United States and Venezuela, an unrequited love

Por qubano22005

Venezuela has been in the spotlight for a long time. It's like a nightmare or maybe, an unrequited platonic love. It would be difficult to frame what American administrations’ feelings are, which yearn and wish to restore order and democracy in that South American country.

Attention when I say "order" and "democracy". It is not in the semantic or etymological sense of both words whose origins go back to Hellenic times. I mean the concept of those words for the American presidents. In short, by “order” and “democracy” they mean corruption, submissiveness on the part of the leaders in office, and of course, a more exploited and without social rights working class.

American expectations are headed to the immense quantity of Venezuela’s mineral an oil resources, maybe one of the richest regions of the world. Every analysis of Venezuela must start from the premise that is a country with the largest certified oil reserves in the world (around 300,000 million barrels). Besides the exorbitant amount of black gold the nation is within the top 10 countries with largest reserves of gas, biodiversity and minerals such as coltan and gold.

Former president Hugo Chávez ended American "democracy" in Venezuela and returned the resources to the people, like Cuba did. The benefits attained from the exploitation of these resources were used to carry out social programs that removed thousands of families from ostracism and poverty. Oil money ceased to be the source to sustain the large mansions of Venezuelan oligarchs and American businessmen to be multiplied in millions of homes, health programs and education projects for Venezuelan people.

Certainly, this did not please Washington or its puppets in Latin America. Like the Giant with the Seven-League Boots that swallows planets, the United States drinks oil. His main supplier became another socialist bastion in front of their eyes. History could not repeat itself.

Unlike Cuba, the Venezuelan bourgeoisie learned and stayed in the territory waging a war trying to carry out an economic battle against the government to create discontent. Why? Very simple, before the rise of Hugo Chávez to the presidency, the Venezuelan people were among the most global consumers. The fact that shops and super markets were crowded with products was something common, like the flour in the arepas, a traditional and daily food for Venezuelans. They did care if people could afford or not to buy all these products but what mattered was that the system boasted of filling the shops.

The Venezuelan opposition made its first attack - that it has maintained steady - to the weakest part of the people: home economy. According to Pascualina Curcio the war determines 3 fundamental coordinates: hoarding of basic commodities; induced inflation through artificial manipulation of the exchange rate; and financial blockade.

The think tanks of the opposition are in Washington, from where the ideological and economic battle against Venezuela is directed. In the attempt of economic suffocation and destabilization of the United States to the Venezuelan people, there is a lack of basic commodities. Procter & Gamble and Jonhson & Jonhson, US companies, hold 90% of the production of basic products. It is not accidental that some are in stores and others not. Contrary to Cuba, Venezuela is still a capitalist country and most industries and companies do not belong to the government. However, the government is blamed for all that happens.

On the exchange rate system and the constant speculation that has led to inflation, the Spanish economist Alfredo Serrano commented that the exchange value has changed since 2014 in 1410 times, while the number of banknotes multiplied by 43, liquidity by 64 and the implicit exchange rate by 141. According to the analyst, this is because the Dollar Today website is hosted on servers in Miami, United States; or that the rating agency Standard & Poor's has contributed their bit to promote these differences.

A vital component is also important to mention, media, which along with social networks have been constant detractors of the system. They echo all the actions directed by the opposition. They magnify even the slightest protest, and on that daily basis Venezuelan people is divided into Chavez’s followers and opposition’s supporters. In the end is the same people, who far from struggling to defend their natural resources, focus more on having a little more of flour for their arepas and the government, therefore, on satisfying that demand.

Venezuelans do not see what it’s really happening. The United States is oil thirsty, an insatiable thirst that perhaps only China surpasses. Lincoln’s nation to maintain its economy needs the sources of Venezuela’s black gold, considered the largest oil reservoir in the world. They also need it to usurp lands, build planes, ships and all kinds of weapons. US army to move needs the natural resource constantly. The displacements of the equipment require oil and, while Tesla motors or another company does not demonstrate that electric power is superior, they will keep on needing oil.

An energy consultancy showed that in the first half of 2017 for every new electric car that on the streets of the United States, Americans bought 60 new gasoline sport utility vehicles. In China, the proportion was 30 new utility vehicles for each electric car, and 25 in Europe. That is why the Department of Energy of the United States has estimate that the demand for gasoline in the country reached a new record of 9.9 million barrels per day.

On the other hand, studies of economic and energy entities such as Barclays indicate that rich countries have increased their oil demand. The average rhythm is around 400 thousand barrels per day. However, it is expected that by the end of this year and the coming one it will rise to 47.4 million barrels per day. The United States, of course, tops the list of plaintiffs. Its main source, Venezuela, has not stopped selling the resource. But the incomes obtained do not go to Yankee companies and that really pisses them off. It is definitely not the same to acquire an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf than in Venezuela. The times and costs are abysmally smaller for the second case.

No wonder the Americans want a change of regime in Venezuela. They worry about the elections and give their full support to the opposition, promoting the division among the countries of the area to oppose Venezuela, nor is it surprising that Marcos Rubio and Trump want to get rid of Nicolás Maduro and everything he represents.

The White House is only interested in one thing: The White House. They do not want democracy or welfare for Venezuelans. No, they only want oil so that the United States can continue being the hegemonic power. It’s the Venezuelan people who must wake up.