Venezuela: Permanent siege
Yadira Cruz Valera
Caracas, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Shooting down a US-registered aircraft and the capture of agent Heath Mattew triggered alerts this week in Caracas regarding the possible relation of such events with the continuous attempts of aggression by the United States and Colombia against Venezuela.
All this seasoned by the visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Guyana, with the aim of winning another strategic ally in the region, which analysts, diplomats and high-ranking Venezuelan military officials interpret as an acceleration of the conspiratorial machinery against the South American country.
The U.S. senior official's tour -which concludes tomorrow- also includes Brazil, Suriname and Colombia. In the latter, his stay will coincide with a joint military exercise of Pentagon troops in the Caribbean maritime area of Coveñas.
The purpose of the maneuvers is, they say, 'to strengthen procedures and standards in the detection, location and neutralization of illegal activities at the service of the transnational crime of drug trafficking.'
On September 15, the Minister of Interior Relations, Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol, reported shooting down of a US plane loaded with drugs that violated Venezuelan airspace over the state of Zulia.
At the same time, the Venezuelan minister decreed deprivation of liberty against the citizen of the northern nation Heath Mattew for espionage in oil installations.
The equation is clear, the doctor in Social Sciences Franklin González told Orbe weekly when explaining the constant accusations of drug trafficking against President Nicolás Maduro and high government officials by the White House.
They are looking for one more pretext to justify a military escalation, as occurred in 1989 before the invasion of Panama, warned the former ambassador to Poland, Uruguay and Greece.
Recently, the permanent representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, warned about a conspiratorial plan to justify an invasion against his country, which would be supported by a media campaign for these purposes before the legislative elections on 6 December. December.
In the opinion of the associate director of the Atlantic Council think tank for the case of Venezuela, Diego Area, the strategy of the Donald Trump administration to use this issue as a hook to attract votes is not new.
'Connecting the domestic adversary with an external enemy serves to generate internal cohesion in the Republican bases and in this case with the Florida electorate,' said the expert.
But indoors, the Armed Forces and the people reaffirm their loyalty to the Bolivarian Government, immersed in the search for political consensus yo build peace and stability in the besieged country.
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