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Published on Countercurrents.org, by Stephen Lendman 07 August, 2009.
After ten and a half years in office, Hugo Chavez is very savvy about America’s intentions. On January 17, even before Obama’s inauguration, he said “Barack Obama has the ’stench’ of his predecessor as US president and was at risk of being killed if he tries to change the American empire” …
… In America, Chavez bashing remains in vogue with major media contributors especially vocal after he accused the State Department, CIA, and Pentagon of being behind the Honduran coup with clear evidence it’s true after decades of US meddling in the region …
… Will Chavez Now Be Targeted?
Throughout his tenure, numerous attempts were made to destabilize his government, discredit his leadership and policies, oust him in the aborted April 2002 coup, and again in the failed August 2004 recall referendum. In addition, Chavez and others claim assassination schemes were hatched, the latest one forcing him to cancel his June 1 El Salvador trip to attend President Mauricio Funes’ inauguration.
In his place, Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolas Maduro said it was learned that “ultra (Venezuelan) right wing groups….linked to ultra conservative coup sectors, together with the international ultra right,” hinting Washington primarily, were behind an assassination plot.
Chavez said he got reliable information about a scheme “to launch one or several rockets at the Cubana airline plane that was already to leave from (Caracas’) Maiquetia” airport. His regular plane was being repaired, so Cuba provided a substitute. He and Bolivia’s Evo Morales planned to travel together, so perhaps there was a plot to kill them both.
Chavez also accused former Venezuelan military personnel of involvement, some of whom entered San Salvador earlier. “I know them,” he said, “they have sworn to me that they were going to kill me because they say it’s my fault that they lost their jobs and didn’t reach the highest military ranks. The government of the United States is behind all this,” specifically suggesting the CIA, not Obama himself.
Earlier suspected plots were also uncovered. As a result, Chavez is very watchful for future ones, given his troubled relations with America, not at all eased since the accession of Obama. On numerous occasions, US-Venezuelan lawyer and Chavez confidante, Eva Golinger, has said that schemes are always underway to destabilize the government, vilify Chavez, and look for ways to oust him, thus far without success.
As recently as August 3, she said:
After CONATEL’s suspension of media licenses, “opposition groups in Venezuela (are again) trying to provoke a coup against Chavez….They are calling for destabilization activities throughout the nation….and using this situation as an excuse to call for protests (and on) the international community to support their destabilization actions.”
For the past ten and a half years, Washington and Venezuelan oligarchs have targeted Chavez relentlessly and won’t let up while he’s in office. Whether the Honduran coup signals stepped up efforts ahead remains to be seen. Perhaps so given Washington’s regional history of intolerance of democracies that place national interests above America’s. Chavez explained it well saying Obama “risk(s) being killed if he challenges the American empire.” So far, there’s not a hint of it in sight. (full long text).
(Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached by e-mail).