"Do we smell the stench of the bloody Yankee boots coming from the military bases in Colombia? Elsewhere do we smell the capitalist decay and putrefaction, the cesspools and quagmires?
No, we see nothing, we hear nothing, we smell nothing ....
Do we still feel anything?"
Last year, President Chavez warned: "In 2009 they will be coming for me!" At this very moment the dark forces of destabilization day and night are mounting a ferocious attack against us, aided by the Obama administration.
This situation is not individual or personal, also not a caprice of the "Empire", it is the historic result of profound dialectical productive relations and contradictions. Let us look at some realities.
According to data presented by Vanessa Davies in her program, Contragolpe, on October 23rd, 2009:
* 25% of the inhabitants of our planet find themselves in extreme poverty.
* more than 1.4 billion live on only 1 dollar a day.
* 1.2 billion have no access to any hygiene whatsoever and have to defecate in open air.
* 800 million suffer from hunger and malnutrition.
* 25% of children under 5 are undernourished and thus have their physical and mental development seriously compromised.
* 10% of the world's population possess 90% of the world's wealth.
The latest figures of world depression, in all probability, must be even worse. This is corporate, imperialist capitalism which wants to convert Venezuela into another Gaza in the near future.
The "wretched of the earth", "les miserables", the "white man's burden", living under bridges, in tents, in caves, camps, cerros, favelas and ghettos, in Gaza and Falujah, do see exploitation when their beloved children die of hunger. They do hear the coming of the imperialist war planes, they smell the decomposition of the fragments of their bombed fathers and mothers, these 'camel-drivers' feel the burning of the white phosphorous bombs, the pain of the eating away of their meager flesh, of their innocent existence.
In the White House who cares? Who still feels anything human, humane, humanitarian? Who cares that world wide millions have protested against the Gaza massacre? On the West Bank did the Palestinian authorities and businessmen really care, did they protest categorically?
Venezuela, look into this mirror!
All over the Mideast, over the last decades, in Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere, over one million Arabs were mercilessly massacred by ruthless, reckless ruling class war criminals of all global categories. Affirming global capitalism, they never felt anything for the poor, for the wage slave 'under-dogs'; for them war is business and business is war, that is, 'world peace'; also, a global 'joint venture' very often crowned with a 'Nobel Peace Prize'. Once upon a time even Hitler and Stalin were considered fit to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
However, what do many of us in Venezuela neither see nor hear, neither smell nor feel?
In order to have a long view of history, of capital accumulation in few hands, to vivify our past, to nurture a healthy memory, to develop theoretical and class consciousness and knowledge, we always have to check out what we have said and what we were doing in the immediate past.
In order to confront the vicious onslaughts of future national and global class wars, we need self-defense tactics and emancipatory strategies in asymmetrical warfare. With all its arsenals of weapons of mass destruction, which could blow the planet into blazes by means of Tesla technology, the USA, NATO, cannot win the war against one of the poorest nations of the world, in Afghanistan. Also Big Brother cannot occupy Iraq totally, unless capitalists decide to blow themselves into universal conflagration and entropy. As we said elsewhere, there exists no capitalist without a worker, no master without a slave and vice versa.
Venezuela: the calm before the storm.
Of course, because we are sowing the winds of socialism, we will have to reap the capitalist storms.
More recently, between 1999 and 2009 tons and tons of waters were flowing down the Orinoco on their tendentious way towards the huge Atlantic Ocean. We, the revolutionaries, the Bolivarians and the peoples of the Americas, we all have changed, the very Orinoco and the oceans have changed, ... joint ventures, bridges and news couriers are globalizing the very jungles, the 'indigenas' and the very natural laws of the jungle.