The militaristic and non-democratic side of the Bolivarian revolution exposed in detail

November 20, 2005


Last week,
a document which had been circulating via the Internet was actually posted in
its entirety at this web
address
. The document entitled “Pensamiento Militar Venezolano” or “Venezuelan
Military Thinking” looked too elaborate to be a fake, but doubts lingered in
some circles. Well, today a number of those that were linked to the creation of
the document, including a retired General, Gral. Muller Rojas, and the Minister
of Defense, Gral Maniglia, were asked about it in local newspaper El Nacional (page-A5).
The first one said that the document is an earlier version that is missing the
last chapter and goes on to describe that what is missing is a historical
recount of the thinking of Venezuela’s
forefathers. The second one considers it unlikely that it is the “true”
document , as only one person of those involved in writing the document has an
electronic copy. But Gral. Muller Rojas is supposed to be the coordinator and
seems to have vouched for its veracity, which is downright scary.

As
described in PMBcomments
in Chapter V of the document, the military defines its views and their role in
Venezuelan political life in a very confrontational manner, defending the
historical and geographical heritage of Venezuela as originally “developed
by the forefathers of the homeland”. The whole document is based on a perverse
view of ideological differences in terms of military confrontation, conflicts
and war, defining the US as
the enemy, envisioning provoking the US
into invading Venezuela
in order to develop a demoralizing war of insurgency against that country. It
presents a romantic view of Venezuelan’s ability to use creativity and ingenuity
to defend their homeland, as well as their idealized solidarity to help defend “that
peripheral world, condemned to exclusion by Darwinian policies advanced by the
neoconservative forces”. Moreover, the
document even includes a justification for military action against those that
oppose the Government locally, viewed as a “fifth column”, who simply wants to
defend the “Empire” and the ideas of “Free Markets”.

This
document defines a scary outlook of the role of Venezuela as military
interms of confrontations, where instead of using ideas (even if claims science and
technology are integral part of the weapons for the upcoming battle), force and tactics will be used to
impose on others the “only correct” ideas, those of their leader Hugo Chavez expouses,
whatever they may be now or evolve into in the future.

In the next
few days this document should continue hitting the news with force and showing
the true face of this not so pretty revolution, whose main goal is to promote the
image and increase the power of autocratic Hugo Chavez. Maybe its veracity will begin to be denied. For those supporting Hugo
Chavez, here and abroad, they will have to face an important decision in the upcoming
days if the document is defended by the Government: Do they fall on the side of
an autocratic, corrupt, incompetent, fascist, militaristic, warmongering and
non-democratic revolution, or do they defend the most basic rights of human
beings? The choice is clear.

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