17 March 2015 ~ 3 Comentarios

Yes, Venezuela is a security threat

by Carlos Alberto Montaner


President Obama signed an executive order last week declaring the regime in Venezuela a danger to U.S. security. Why? Because it violated the human rights of the democratic opposition. He followed up by imposing sanctions against several military officers and functionaries.

A strange move. He did it a few weeks after starting to cancel the sanctions against the Cuban dictatorship, which, for the past half a century or longer, has mistreated dissidents with the same or greater viciousness than that shown by the Nicolás Maduro government in Venezuela.

There is, besides, a matter of hierarchy. Cuba is the nanny. Venezuela behaves as it does at the behest of the Cuban advisers who rule the country. This is the expertise that Cuba sells to Venezuela: intelligence, social control and tough-fisted governability.

Naturally, Fidel and Raúl Castro immediately came out in impassioned defense of Maduro. The Castro brothers know perfectly well that the $13 billion a year in subsidies, aid and business furnished by their large political colony is worth more than the recent shows of affection and promises they got from the United States.

 “Venezuela is not alone,” said the official Cuban note, meant to suggest that if it comes to a fight, the soldiers of the Cuban motherland will show up.

Of course, that’s just talk, gestures for the balcony. The Castros know that the United States is not the least interested in turning to violence to liquidate Venezuela’s “revolution.” Nobody is going to invade Venezuela.

What is generally ignored is why Obama has taken this contradictory step that only serves to give Maduro a pretext for nationalism, increase repression and stir the Latin American hornet’s nest.

And yet, there are good reasons behind the move. Venezuela is indeed a risk to the security of the United States, not because it violated the democrats’ human rights — that was the excuse — but because of three activities that are codified in the doctrinary definition that indicates where the danger to U.S. society begins or intensifies.

Whoever wants to know the vision that prevails in Washington on this issue should read the book Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the 21st Century, with special attention to the chapter titled Venezuela: Trends in Organized Crime, written by analyst Joseph M. Humire.

The movement started by the late Hugo Chávez and inherited by Maduro has crossed three red lines.

 First, Venezuelan complicity with the Islamist terrorists in Iran. The governor of the state of Aragua, Tareck El Aissami, of Arab origin, is a former Interior minister said to have strong connections to the Iran government. He has used his posts to create a network of Middle East terrorists fed by drug trafficking.

 The second boundary crossed by Caracas is, precisely, drug trafficking. There are Venezuelan generals who are up to their eyebrows in that murky trade. Out of the 700 tons of cocaine produced annually worldwide, 300 go through Venezuela to Europe via Africa or to the United States via Central America. Diosdado Cabello, the president of Parliament, has been accused of being the chief of the main cartel.

 Third is the widespread laundering of ill-gotten cash. Petróleos de Venezuela, the state-owned oil company known by the acronym PDVSA, is where most of the crooked transactions take place, including the emission of bonds. More than a business, PDVSA is Ali Baba’s cave but with a lot more than 40 thieves. That money serves to corrupt politicians, buy influence and pay criminals for their services.

The White House knows all this in detail. It has learned it from diplomats, intelligence services and defectors. Walid Makled García, a Venezuelan drug-trafficking capo as big as the late Pablo Escobar in his prime, was interrogated intensely by DEA agents before his Colombian captors deported him to Venezuela.

“The Turk,” as he is called, sang La Traviata. He spilled everything. The latest member of the chorus is Leamsy Salazar, Cabello and Chávez’s right-hand man, who asked for asylum in the United States and confirmed all that. He also contributed new data. It could no longer be said that “Venezuela is not a danger but a nuisance.”

Actually, Venezuela is a danger to the security of the United States and the hemisphere. Obama’s mistake was not to confront his enemy and call things by their rightful name but to choose an oblique accusation and formulate it poorly, so that most people could not understand it. He wanted to satisfy everybody and managed to do exactly the opposite. A pity.

3 Responses to “Yes, Venezuela is a security threat”

  1. Sam Ramos 17 March 2015 at 5:42 pm Permalink

    This is the real security treat we are experimenting now.

    Islam in a Nutshell*

    Islam, not the Chinese nor the Russians, represent the greatest threat to the world and might be the fulfillment of the book of Revelation in the Holy Bible. This is very disturbing for a Christian to read, but read it and be educated.

    Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.

    Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.

    Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other components.

    Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges.

    When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well.

    Here’s how it works:

    As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:
    United States — Muslim 0.6%
    Australia — Muslim 1.5%
    Canada — Muslim 1.9%
    China — Muslim 1.8%
    Italy — Muslim 1.5%
    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:
    Denmark — Muslim 2%
    Germany — Muslim 3.7%
    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
    Spain — Muslim 4%
    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing
    food preparation jobs for Muslims They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:
    France — Muslim 8%
    Philippines — Muslim 5%
    Sweden — Muslim 5%
    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. . Any non-Muslim action offends Islam and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections in:
    Guyana — Muslim 10%
    India — Muslim 13.4%
    Israel — Muslim 16%
    Kenya — Muslim 10%
    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:
    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:
    Bosnia — Muslim 40%
    Chad — Muslim 53.1%
    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:
    Albania — Muslim 70%
    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and is on-going in:
    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
    Egypt — Muslim 90%
    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
    Iran — Muslim 98%
    Iraq — Muslim 97%
    Jordan — Muslim 92%
    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
    Pakistan — Muslim 97%
    Palestine — Muslim 99%
    Syria — Muslim 90%
    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:
    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
    Somalia — Muslim 100%
    Yemen — Muslim 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

    ‘Before I was nine, I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel. — Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’

    It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.

    Today ‘s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population. But their birth rates are higher than the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.

    Well, boys and girls, today we are letting the fox guard the henhouse. The wolves will be herding the sheep!

    *NOTE*: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as a *devout Catholic*, *a devout Jew* *or a devout Protestant…?*

    Just wondering.

    Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions?
    Doesn’t this make you feel safer already??
    That should make the United States much safer, huh!!
    Was it not *”Devout Muslim men*” that flew planes into U.S. buildings only 10 years ago?
    We must never forget this… Was it not a *Devout Muslim* *man* who killed 13 at Fort Hood ? (He killed “From within” -don’t forget that).

    Also: This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not
    speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American?
    This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years.
    The following is his reply:

    * Theologically* – No . . . Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon God of Arabia

    * Religiously* – No. . . Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)

    * Scripturally* – No. . . Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.

    * Geographically* – No. . . Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

    * Socially* – No. . . Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews..

    * Politically* – No. . . Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.

    * Domestically* – No. . . Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34)

    * Intellectually* – No. . . Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

    * Philosophically* – No. . . Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression.. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

    * Spiritually* – No. . . Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ the Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran’s 99 excellent names.

    Therefore, after much study and deliberation . . . Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. – – –

    They obviously cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans.

    Call it what you wish, it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this,the better it will be for our country and our future.

    The war is bigger than we know or understand.

    Can a Muslim be a good soldier???

    Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Ft. Hood and Killed 13. He is a good Muslim!!!

    * Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within. *SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.



  2. Francisco Brito 23 March 2015 at 6:31 pm Permalink

    Apreciado Dr Montaner, le escribe el profesor Francisco Brito, Ph.D., Profesor titular de la Universidad de Los Andes (ULA) en Merida Venezuela, premio Nacional de Ciencias en el aerea de ciencias naturales y representante profesoral ante el consejo universitario de la ULA,.Un saludo cordial.
    Ayer escuche el resumen de su columna en el Miami Herald en donde hace el analisis del decreto del presidente Obama contra seis generales y una fiscal en donde los senala como violadores de los derechos humanos en Venezuela. Luego lei el articulo completo en ese diario y a partir de la informacion mencionada en ese articulo localice el libro al que ud se refiere en la pagina web de Springer Verlag. Le quiero pedir el favor de si le es posible enviarme por esta via una copia del capitulo de la seguridad en las Americas en donde en un subcapitulo el analista Joseph M. Humire, (Reconceptualizing security in the Américas in the 21th Century, capítulo “Venezuela: Trends in Organized Crime”) hace un estudio del gobierno de Venezuela como un gobierno de crimen organizado. La razon de pedirle este favor es que con todas las limitaciones monetarias a las que estamos sometidos los venezolanos, los profesores universitarios tenemos que recurrir a los contactos entre universitarios para poder conseguir informacion relevante con fines academicos. Recibir ese capitulo de parte suya para fines academicos aumentara nuestro aprecio y admiracion como periodista e historiador defensor de los valores democraticos. Gracias, Profesor Francisco Brito, Ph.D.

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