Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
Juan Guaidó said: ‘I can invite (US) Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela’. He was speaking in a TV interview. The opposition leader who wants to be the President of Venezuela with the help of USA and its friends. His supporters have taken control of the diplomatic building which were disused after Venezuela cut off relations with the USA for interfering into the internal affairs.
US has similar situations with many Latin American countries when it plants its ‘own man’ or in the words of US President ‘Our son of a Bitch’. “US president Franklin D Roosevelt once remarked of Nicaragua’s dictator, “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” So when a later Somoza (the son of our bitch) was overthrown in 1979, we spared no effort until Nicaragua was ours again. When President Carter saw that the younger Somoza’s days were numbered, he tried to ease him out of power, unaware that retired CIA agents were providing him with further weaponry. Carter’s plan was to keep Somoza’s private army, the National Guard, in power, while Somoza escaped to enjoy his $900 million fortune”.
US leader Henry Kissinger said: “It is irrelevant if USA punishes its enemies or not, but it definitely punishes its friends’. Someone sends this quote to Mr. Juan Guido opposition leader of Venezuela with the list of friends US killed from Saddam Hussian, Shah of Iran, leader of Panama, Zia ul Haq of Pakistan etc.
Envoys of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Monday took control of several diplomatic properties in the US. Venezuela’s acting president, Nicolas Maduro, has cut ties diplomatic ties with the US, accusing it of attempting to oust him from power. Guaido, who invoked Venezuela’s constitution and declared himself interim president, has pushed Western countries to isolate Maduro’s regime.
Juan Guaido said his representatives had taken control of the diplomatic properties to “strengthen bilateral relations (with the US) and better serve the Venezuelan community in the country.”
The US State Department said Washington was “pleased to support these requests.”
The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry called on the US to “take the necessary measures to immediately reverse this forcible occupation.”
In January, then-opposition lawmaker Guaido declared himself president of Venezuela in a stunning move that undermined Maduro’s authority in the country.
The US immediately recognized him as the legitimate president of the oil-rich, cash-strapped country. Shortly after, Germany and other Western countries recognized him. But Maduro’s regime continues to enjoy support from countries such as Russia, China and Turkey.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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