It helped oust Chile's popular leader Salvador Allende. Over 15 brutal August Pinochet years followed. It deposed Jean-Bertrand Aristide twice.
It worked with an array of Mexican despots, Fujimori and others like him in Peru, Somoza in Nicaragua, Batista in Cuba, and other death squad rulers in Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Honduras, El Salvador and elsewhere in the region.
Perhaps Duddy needs instruction in regional history. His mandate is dominance, not democracy and regional cooperation. He wants Chavez replaced by anyone prioritizing business interests over popular ones. All options are acceptable. Violent destabilization may be planned.
When Chavez wins impressively, expect fraud charges to follow. Pre-planned street demonstrations may turn violent. On October 1, Venezuela Analysis headlined "Opposition Discusses 'Plans' With Foreign Diplomats," saying:
Investigative journalist Jose Vicente Rangel "warned of back room opposition attempts to prevent another (Chavez) win"" He cited private meetings attended by opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) members.
He warned about inflated scoundrel media expectations for Capriles winning on Sunday. MUD strategists plan violence. Their "Rapid Reaction Plan" explains it. Chavez campaign coordinator Jorge Rodriguez revealed it.
On September 23, Rangel warned on national television about "suspicious opposition positioning in the final weeks of the" campaign.
He mentioned a September 12 meeting. Opposition members attended. They tried convincing foreign diplomats that "Capriles is set to win"."
During discussions, "total lack of confidence in the National Elections Council (CNE)" was expressed. Preparations are set "to take to the streets, using both motorcyclists and civilian groups to combat the Chavistas."
Opposition dailies El Universal and Noticias 24 reported the meeting. They suppressed its real intent.
Sumate represents reactionary right-wing interests. Washington generously funds it. In May 2005, its co-founder, Maria Corina Machado, met George Bush in the White House Oval Office. It's believed its former director Alejandro Plaz prepared the "Rapid Reaction Plan."
It involves seizing strategic sites. They include "national and regional freeways, major avenues, emblematic plazas, Governors' and Mayors' offices, (key) non-civilian points - meaning military installations - news media offices, ports, and airports."
It has all the elements of a planned coup. Desperation appears to be driving policy. Opposition lawmaker Julio Borges' email was made public. He said "the majority of people are with (Chavez), and this is something that can't be denied."
Borges is National Coordinator for Capriles' Primero Justicia (PJ) party. He admitted defeat. It's baked in the cake and certain.
Opposition elements plan confronting popular sentiment. Expect it turning out no more successfully now than earlier. People power supports Chavez for good reason. Pre or post-electoral violence won't change things. Venezuelans have final say. They're not shy about expressing it.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed .