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16 Years After US Invaded Iraq, Anti-War Groups Demand No Regime Change in Venezuela

“Regime change has a disastrous track record.”

People hold posters during a demonstration by Venezuelans against foreign intervention under the slogan #VenezuelaQuierePaz (Venezuela Wants Peace) at United States Embassy on February 18, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

People hold posters during a demonstration by Venezuelans against foreign intervention under the slogan #VenezuelaQuierePaz (Venezuela Wants Peace) at United States Embassy on February 18, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo: Franco Fasuli/Getty Images)

Anti-war voices are marking the 16th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq with a demand the U.S. government not take a page out of the same playbook and unleash similar catastrophe and carnage in Venezuela.

“Thousands of U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis lost their lives because of a war entered into under false pretenses,” said Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, in a statement. “Surveying the foreign policy challenges of the present, from Iran, to North Korea, to Venezuela, we must not repeat the mistakes of the past. Regime change has a disastrous track record.”

Codepink also marked the anniversary of when the U.S. “illegally, immorally, and unconstitutionally invaded Iraq.”

“We can’t do the same to Venezuela!” the organization said.

The U.S. is backing self-declared interim president Juan Guaido and imposing economic sanctions. The Trump administration has also warned that “all options are on the table” in terms of Venezuela.

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Today marks 16 years since we illegally, immorally, and unconstitutionally invaded .

We can’t do the same to ! Tell your Congressmember :

To prevent another war, the women-led organization is hoping to put pressure on lawmakers to pass legislation preventing President Donald Trump from using military force in Venezuela without congressional authorization. Just look to recent history, the group says, and it’s clear that when the U.S. backs a coup, “it always turns out disastrous for the people.”

From its call-to-action:

The U.S. is orchestrating a coup in Venezuela that is likely to lead to bloodshed—even civil war. Instead of meddling the internal affairs of another country, the U.S. should be supporting peaceful dialogue facilitated by mediators such as Mexico, Uruguay, and the Pope. We have seen, and are seeing now at the U.S.-Mexico border, the effects of past U.S. backed coups in Latin America—Guatemala in 1953, Chile in 1973, Honduras in 2009. It always turns out disastrous for the people.

Senator Markley has introduced legislation making it clear to President Trump that without congressional authorization—authorization he does NOT have —he may not use military force in Venezuela. Representative David Cicilline has introduced similar legislation in the House

Send a message to your Senators and Representative telling them to cosponsor S.J.Res.11 in the Senate and H.R.1004 in the House to prevent Trump, [national security advisor John] Bolton, and [special envoy to Venezuela Elliot] Abrams from being able to send the U.S. military to intervene in Venezuela.

Seeing echoes of the lead-up to the Iraq war, Brazilian activist Maria Luísa Mendonça toldDemocracy Now! Wednesday, “it’s important to have resistance” to intervention in Venezuela.

“The discourse about Venezuela is very similar to the discourse about Iraq,” she said. “At the end it’s about lying, misinformation, to promote a war that is… about oil.”

The 2003 invasion of Iraq became an ongoing war that has directly or indirectly killedhundreds of thousands of Iraqis—though by some estimates the death toll stands at over one million.

U.S. forces have also been accused of carrying out war crimes and other human rights violations in Iraq. And while U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning spenttime in jail for exposing some of those crimes, architects and cheerleaders of the war have been given platforms at high profile universities, in corporate media, and within the Trump administration.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), pointing to the invasion’s “trail of destruction and lives lost,” urged, “We must hold accountable those who repeated lied in the run-up to war.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), for his part, drew attention to the ongoing “disastrous consequences” of the invasion and called for “a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy, not war.”

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US-Led Economic War, Not Socialism, Is Tearing Venezuela Apart

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Americans have been trained by decades of Cold War propaganda to look for any confirmation that ‘socialism means poverty.’ But in the case of Venezuela and other states not governed by the free market, this cliche simply doesn’t ring true.

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Anti-war activists protest seizure of Venezuelan diplomatic buildings by coup supporters ‘VIDEO’

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The illegitimate, Venezuelan “ambassador” to the United States appointed by coup leader Juan Guaidó attempted to hold a press conference March 19 announcing that he had seized control of diplomatic compounds in the United States. But activists from the ANSWER Coalition and Code Pink were there to expose this illegal act against the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people.

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Interview with Venezuelan engineering

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Interview with Venezuelan engineering professor on blackout, attack on Guri power plant

In Caracas, Gloria La Riva of Liberation News interviews Rafael Argotti, a university professor and member of the Bolivarian Movement of Engineers and Technologists. Despite the massive blackout, masses of Venezuelans continue to mobilize — with big rallies and with grassroots organization to distribute water and food.

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Trump Regime Electricity War in Venezuela More Serious than First Believed

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On Thursday, Venezuela’s Guri dam hydroelectric power plant was cyberattacked at 5:00 PM during the late afternoon rush hour to cause maximum disruption.

Up to 80% of the country was affected, damage done more severe than initially thought. Weeks or months of planning likely preceded what happened – US behind it? considerable expertise needed to pull it off.

On Friday, another cyberattack occurred, followed by a third one on Saturday, affecting parts of the country where power was restored, further complicating resolution of the problem, Maduro saying:

After power was restored to about 70% of the country, “we received another attack, of a cybernetic nature, at midday…that disturbed the reconnection process and knocked out everything that had been achieved until noon,” adding:

“(O)ne of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” was sabotaged again…infiltrators…attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Power is being restored “manually,” efforts continuing to learn precisely why computerized systems failed – things further complicated after a Bolivar state substation transformer exploded and burned, suggesting more sabotage.

What’s happening in Venezuela is similar to infecting Iran’s Bushehr and Natanz nuclear power facilities with a Stuxnet malware computer virus in 2010, a likely joint US/Israeli intelligence operation. Edward Snowden blamed them for what happened.

At the time, operations were halted indefinitely. Iran called the incident a hostile act. General Gholam-Reza Jalali said if the affected facilities went online infected, Iran’s entire electrical power grid could have been shut down.

It took months to fully resolve the problem. Following the summer 2010 attack, the malware continued to infect the facilities’ centrifuges, requiring their replacement.

An Institute for Science and International Security analysis said

“(a)ssuming Iran exercises caution, Stuxnet is unlikely to destroy more centrifuges at the (affected plants).”

“Iran likely cleaned the malware from its control systems. To prevent re-infection, Iran will have to exercise special caution since so many computers in Iran contain Stuxnet,” adding:

“Although Stuxnet appears to be designed to destroy centrifuges at (Iranian nuclear facilities), destruction was by no means total.”

“Stuxnet did not lower the production of low-enriched uranium (LEU) during 2010. LEU quantities could have certainly been greater, and Stuxnet could be an important part of the reason why they did not increase significantly.”

“(T)here remain important questions about why Stuxnet destroyed only 1,000 centrifuges. One observation is that it may be harder to destroy centrifuges by use of cyber attacks than often believed.”

Head of Bushehr’s nuclear power plant said only personal computers of staff were infected by the Stuxnet virus. Then-Iranian Telecommunications Minister Reza Taghipour said government systems experienced no serious damage.

Iran’s Information Technology Council director Mahmud Liaii said

“(a)n electronic war has been launched against Iran… This computer worm is designed to transfer data about production lines from our industrial plants to locations outside Iran.”

Deputy head of Iran’s government Information Technology Company Hamid Alipour said

“(t)he attack is still ongoing and new versions of this virus are spreading,” adding:

“We had anticipated that we could root out the virus within one to two months, but the virus is not stable, and since we started the cleanup process three new versions of it have been spreading.”

If malware similar to Stuxnet was used against Venezuela’s power grid, the problem could linger for months, parts of the country continued to be affected by outages for some time.

Maduro’s government will need to marshal considerable technical expertise to fully resolve things – the type cybersecurity/anti-virus/security software skills Russia-based multinational firm Kaspersky Lab can provide.

It can also identify the attack’s source and lay blame where it belongs – the US most likely responsible. It clearly has motive, opportunity and expertise – waging war on Venezuela by other means to topple its government and gain another imperial trophy.

If the malware infection is widespread, continued outages may happen until the problem is fully resolved.

Resolution may take months, disruption in the country persisting, clearly the motive behind the attack.

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“Lights Out!” Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela’s Power Grid?

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Relatives of a patient walk in the darkened hall of a clinic with a candle lighting the way, during a power outage in Caracas, Venezuela, March 7, 2019. A power outage left much of Venezuela in the dark in what appeared to be one of the largest blackouts yet. Ariana Cubillos | AP

Even as the Venezuelan government blamed the recent power outage on U.S.-led “sabotage,” the U.S. has long had a plan on the books for targeting the civilian power grid of adversarial nations.

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The Grooming of Juan Guaido, Pawn for US Economic Interests in Venezuela

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Kei Pritsker explains how Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido came to have the backing of US corporations, political interests and ultimately, the Trump administration.

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NYT; Acknowledges Venezuela Opposition as Cause of Aid Fire, Echoing Initial Reports by Alternative Press

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Bolivarian National Guard troops man a barricade blocking access to the Francisco De Paula Santander international bridge in Urena, Venezuela, on the border with Colombia, Feb. 23, 2019. Fernando Llano | AP

While independent outlets have made headway in challenging government narratives, such outlets are often maligned by influential mainstream outlets for reports that question the official story — at least until the MSM decides to get on board and question that story themselves.

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USA: Lee Camp We Are Being Lied Into War Again

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A defaced mural of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez reads in Spanish “Eternal warrior” in Caracas, Venezuela, March 5, 2019, on the sixth anniversary of his death. Eduardo Verdugo | AP

This is not the first time our government and our media have conspired to drag the American people into war with another country—or helped create a coup that will inevitably have disastrous results.

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Khanna, Ocasio-Cortez Condemn US-Backed Regime Change in Venezuela

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Khanna, Ocasio-Cortez Among Progressive Democrats to Condemn US-Backed Regime Change in Venezuela

“Our government should change course in its policy toward Venezuela. Unilateral measures and violent threats only threaten to stoke chaos and instability.”

Vice President Mike Pence greets people after speaking about  Venezuela at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on August 23, 2017 in Doral, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Over a dozen progressive House Democrats on Thursday condemned the Trump administration’s “unacceptable” push for regime change in Venezuela.

The comments came in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and signed by Reps. Ro Khanna (Calif.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and 13 other House Democrats.

“President Donald Trump and other senior United States (U.S.) officials have generated alarm in Venezuela and throughout the region with actions and statements—such as the recent threat that ‘all options are on the table’—which indicate a pursuit of American military-led regime change,” reads the letter.

“Here’s the mistake we make: We’re quiet when these interventions are happening. Instead, we need to speak up right in the beginning when we see signs of interventionism that are going to make situations worse.”
—Rep. Ro Khanna
The progressives also slammed the Trump White House for “crippling” millions of ordinary Venezuelans with unilateral sanctions.

“[T]he president’s recent economic sanctions threaten to exacerbate the country’s grave economic crisis, causing immense suffering for the most vulnerable in society who bear no responsibility for the situation in the country,” the letter states.

Khanna, who spearheaded the letter, urged his Democratic colleagues to unite against U.S.-backed regime change and sanctions in an interview with HuffPost on Thursday.

“Here’s the mistake we make: We’re quiet when these interventions are happening,” said Khanna, who has been an outspoken opponent of U.S. interference in Venezuela. “That was a mistake in Iraq, that was a mistake in Libya. Then afterwards we say, ‘These interventions were a mistake and how do we rectify it?’ Instead, we need to speak up right in the beginning when we see signs of interventionism that are going to make situations worse.”

The progressives’ letter comes as Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton continue to lob threats at Venezuela’s elected President Nicolás Maduro.

In an interview with Telemundo Wednesday night, Pence reiterated the White House’s support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, but said there is “no timeline” on the U.S. push for regime change.

Trump’s Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams—whose role in U.S.-backed massacres and genocide and Latin America during the 1980s has come under scrutiny since his appointment in January—said during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Thursday that the administration is planning to “expand the net” of sanctions against Venezuelan institutions.

While condemning the Maduro government for violence against protestors and “disregard of the rule of law,” House progressives said the Trump administration’s meddling is “making life worse for ordinary Venezuelans” and urged the White House to support peaceful negotiations.

“Unilateral measures and violent threats only threaten to stoke chaos and instability,” the letter concludes. “Instead, the U.S. must abide by its obligation under the Organization of American States (OAS) Charter to abstain from using armed force or ‘any other form of interference or attempted threat” against another state. We urge you to support efforts by Uruguay, Mexico, and the Vatican to promote dialogue and help Venezuelans resolve their own problems.”

Read the full letter, which was first obtained by HuffPost:

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