A shockingly insightful piece. Apparently the new approach to regime change is using “democracy” to destroy democracy. Diabolical.
Four years later, a similar silent coup attempt appeared in the streets of Venezuela. With the death of Hugo Chavez, America saw the opportunity for the first time since 1988 to have a leader elected in Venezuela who did not insist on his countryâ€™s autonomy from the U.S. But, to Americaâ€™s dismay, the people voted to continue the Bolivarian Revolution by electing Chavezâ€™s chosen successor, NicolÃ¡s Maduro.
The Western media lens immediately focused not on the election of Maduro and Chavezâ€™s party but on the claims of fraud issued by Maduroâ€™s opponent (and Washingtonâ€™s choice) Henrique Capriles. Despite Maduro agreeing to an audit of the voting machines, despite Capriles never filing his legal charges, despite 150 electoral monitors from around the world â€“ including the Carter Center â€“ certifying the election as fair and despite recognition by every other country in the world, the U.S. State Department continued not to recognize the Maduro government and continued to call for a recount and review.
When Capriles called his democratically defeated supporters to the streets, the Western media lens, as in Iran four years earlier, focused on and amplified the protests. As with Iran, Washingtonâ€™s refusal to recognize the elected government and the U.S. legitimization of the protests provided cover to the opposition while it attempted to overturn the election results and overthrow the elected government.
Once again, â€œdemocracy promotionâ€ was wielded as a weapon against democracy. Yet, in Venezuela, the experiment failed again, as it may have in Turkey and Brazil where Washington also looked with disfavor on the election outcomes.
Definitely read the rest: