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Venezuela Can Be Protected by Quoting Martin Luther King and Other Famous Condemners of US Crimes

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As the powerful USA ruling criminally insane Wall Street investors in war move toward funding armed proxy invasions of Venezuela from its giant neighbor Columbia, presently governed by allies of the US government,[1] friends of the revolutionary Chavista Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela might best consider propagating a protective literary shield of many, until now less publicly known or remembered, blistering condemnations of the US government by America's own celebrities. The Coronavirus shutdown is increasing the influence of social media and cell phone protest.

Quote Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King! Martin Luther King is the only American whose birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, a three day holiday as it turns out. Fifty-three years ago newspapers throughout the world ran headlines in large bold print, KING CALLS US "GREATEST PURVEYOR of VIOLENCE IN WORLD," and reported King condemning 'US atrocity wars and covert violence since 1945 on three continents to maintain unjust predatory investments.'
Reminding today's world pubic of King's condemnation of his own government will be breaking criminal media's fifty year black out of King's anguish outcry during America's genocidal war in Vietnam, and cause a real problem for US government and its criminal media propagandizing its good intentions toward the people of Venezuela.
"So far we may have killed a million of them, mostly children. They wander into the towns and see thousands of the children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals. They see the children degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers. All the while the people read our leaflets and received the regular promises of peace and democracy and land reform. Now they languish under our bombs and consider us, not their fellow Vietnamese, the real enemy. They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move on or be destroyed by our bombs. So they go, primarily women and children and the aged. They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops. They must weep as the bulldozers roar through their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees. What do the peasants think as we ally ourselves with the landlords and as we refuse to put any action into our many words concerning land reform? What do they think as we test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe? "We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land and their crops. We have cooperated in the crushing of the nation's " unified Buddhist Church. We have supported the enemies of the peasants of Saigon. We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men." In this earth shaking sermon 'Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence,'
delivered 4 April 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City, King actually cited Venezuela as having been already targeted in his time:

"During the past ten years, we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which has now justified the presence of U.S. military advisors in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counterrevolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Cambodia and why American napalm and Green Beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru."

Broad public exposure to Kings devastating condemnation of his governments nightmarish invasions and bombings spoken four years after his much media heralded 'I have a dream' speech at the march on Washington, will lead to embarrassment for the US elite, probably some awkward attempt to downgrade America's hero and a loss of credibility for both US media and US government spokespersons attempting to justify their sanctions and other attacks on the socialist oriented governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.


Quote Rev. Jeremiah Wright! of Chicago, former pastor of the family of ex-President Barack Obama During the time of the 2008 US presidential campaign Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago, then pastor of the family of candidate Barack Obama's family gave a dramatic sermon castigating America for her genocidal wars on Native Americans, her genocidal enslavement of Africans, and her continuing genocidal bombings and invasions of dozens of 3rd World nations. For many days, mainstream media channels kept telecasting a video sound bite of Rev. Wright's loudly spoken sermon's conclusion,
"God bless America? No, No. God damn America for her crimes against humanity!" with Rev. Wright angrily shouting, his finger pointing up toward heaven. This sound bite of Rev. Wright would unvaryingly be followed by a commentator's indulgent smile, as if Wright's damnation was some momentary emotional unjustified theatrical outburst.
During his talk at the Martin Luther King Birthday commemoration breakfast hosted by the Chicago Teachers Union January 16, 2014. Rev. Jeremiah Wright declaimed "racism, militarism and capitalism" as "the foundation of Western society." Wright went on to slam President Obama saying "Every Tuesday morning, there's a kill list that the president decides who they're going to kill this week,"[2] ---------------
Regarding the behavior of Americans in general throughout history: Quote Michael Moore! film maker/box office hit movies critical of US government
In December of 2012, just a few hours after the news of the Newtown school massacre broke, film maker Michael Moore, in a video, addressed Americans as the sort of
"sick and twisted violent people that we've been for hundreds of years, that it's something that's just in our craw, just in our DNA". Americans kill people," because that's what we do. We invade countries. We send drones in to kill civilians. We've got five wars going on right now where our soldiers are killing people-I mean, five that we know of"

In his film 'Bowling At Columbine' Moore showed graphically that "all America is involved in the WMD killing industry." "Though it is no secret that these weapons are taking millions of lives, even millions of children lives, a vast and critical amount of Americans remain pleased with US military action around the globe always preposterously described as 'protecting American freedoms."[3]


Quote Ron Paul MD US Representative and 2012 presidential candidate

During the Republican Party Presidential Candidates Debates of 2012, candidate US Rep. Ron Paul was shown repeating on prime time news programs,

'all US invasions and bombings beginning with the war in Korea were illegal and unconstitutional and took a huge toll in human lives.'

------------- When US officials and US media slander Venezuela's socialist government as undemocratic, Quote former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark
"We're not a democracy. It's a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we're a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy." :

"US Foreign Policy is the Greatest Crime Since WWII... American aggression had already created incalculable levels of misery for the world.... the poor of the planet [are] made poorer, dominated and exploited by the foreign policies of the U.S. and its rich allies... the U.S. invasion of Iraq was 'the supreme international crime' in the Nuremberg Judgment." [Quoted from "Neighborhood Bully - Ramsey Clark on American Militarism", Derrick Jensen The Sun Magazine, 2/14/2018]

Times have changed. All the above devastating denunciations of US illegal genocidal crimes against humanity will be listened to by people in a Third World now serviced not only with instant satellite reception of the powerful media of the domineering white nations, but equipped as well with sundry forms of local social media and cell phones. Then too, China, now under constant attack in US media, can be expected to mount a worldwide reaching media of its own. How soon will the presently unchallengeable power of USA wane to where Americans will be held responsible for their 'mistaken' genocides in Vietnam and Iraq and also lose their ability to cruelly sanction at will.

In accord with the adage "the best defense is a good offence", Venezuelans themselves could have, with good effect, been quoting those Americans who were condemning their government's murderous foreign policy. When in April of 2015, Venezuelans presented a petition to President Obama against Obama's targeting of Venezuela with sanctions, that petition could have quoted Cornel West, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and of Religious Philosophy and Christian Studies at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, the most outspoken anti-imperialist lecturer and writer, who preached
"Obama is a war criminal, a black puppet of corporate plutocrats, head of the US killing machine." -----------
Perhaps in answer to the slanderous lies of the President Trump administration about Venezuela and elsewhere, some of us could just Quote President Hugo Chavez, who was so widely beloved (To President Ahmadinejad and the crowd)
"Let's save the human race! Let's finish off the US empire!
(Regarding President Bashar al-Assad of Syria) "We send our solidarity to the people of Syria, to our brother, President Assad. They are resisting imperial aggression, the attacks of the Yankee empire and its European allies."
(And regarding all of us)
"Capitalism is destroying the world!"

Up until now, the world has continually allowed Americans to get away with mass murder and maiming of many millions of innocent men, women and children in their very own beloved countries. With little solidarity of outspokeness coming from the plundered Third World, former colonies of the First World seemed to be forced to simply wait their turn to be done in again by their former ruler's military. These vulnerable ex-colonies face an incredibly tight solidarity of the nations of Europe and overseas European descent. A good example of which is the fact that every single nation of basically Caucasian population in the world, even tiny Lichtenstein, Andorra and Monaco have been part of the occupying military led by the Americans at war in Afghanistan. In 2014, to encourage a speaking out within majority humanity, your peoples historian writing with former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark's encouragement, yours truly wrote the widely published article below:

You Know Who is Planning to Kill Your Family, Yet You Don't ... Article speaks to a typical nation-family presently in the gunsights of the speculating interest banking industry of the plundering self-anointed 'International Community,' formerly similarly self-euphenized as 'The Free World' and for centuries known terrifyingly as 'The Colonial Powers'. It asks why 3rd world spokespersons fail to call for prosecution of the Neocolonial Powers' so blatantly self-indicted in heinous crimes against humanity. [OpEdNews et al 5/25/2014]

Quote Nelson Mandela, beloved as a hero even in US media for his having endured 27 years of imprisonment before becoming president of his South Africa.

"If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America."

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