Trump’s warmongering speech in Miami
On February 19, U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a speech at the International University of Miami in which he threatened to intervene militarily in Venezuela and as much as said Cuba and Nicaragua were next on his list for regime change. The speech elaborated Trump’s depraved doctrine which advocates immorality, corruption, anarchy, violence and war on a grand scale.
Revealing a morbid preoccupation with defeat, Trump’s speech was a hateful diatribe against the “horrors” of socialism (mentioned 29 times) and communism (seven times), associating them with every evil imaginable — crime, corruption, poverty, hunger, persecution, rigged elections, tyranny, cruelty and more. It shows he has no moral justification of any kind and so resorts to boorish Cold War disinformation and hyperbole which attributes to socialism and communism all the things that in the experience of humankind actually characterize the imperialist system of states and especially the U.S. imperialists.
Trump claimed that by nature socialism does not respect borders, the sovereign rights of its citizens or its neighbours, and that it “always seeks to expand, to encroach, and to subjugate others to its will.” Socialism promises prosperity but delivers poverty, he said. It “advances under the banner of progress, but in the end it delivers only corruption, exploitation, and decay.” It promises unity but delivers hatred and division, he said.
The speech contained a number of threats based on end-of-history assertions which claim that the U.S. system is the highest form democracy can attain and must therefore be defended at all costs. According to the Trump doctrine this means civil war at home and imperialist war abroad, this time against Venezuela, then Nicaragua and Cuba. He directed his threats against the working class and people of the United States itself. To “those who would impose socialism on the United States,” he said, the U.S. will never be a socialist country. “We are born free and we will stay free, now and forever.”
Trump also repeated the stock lies and slanders of Marco Rubio, John Bolton and architects of previous U.S. dirty anti-communist wars which have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, disappearances, torture and human rights crimes and suffering in the countries of the Americas. Nicolás Maduro is a “Cuban puppet” and Venezuela a “police state run directly from Havana,” he said. He put Cuba and Nicaragua on notice, declaring that the days of socialism and communism are numbered in those countries as well as in Venezuela and anywhere else it exists.
“The twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere and, frankly, in many, many places around the world,” he said.
Would that be a message to Vietnam and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, whose leaders he will be meeting with in a few days?
He spent considerable time giving Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) “choices” — to abandon their duty and support the puppet calling himself the “acting president” which he said would allow them to live their life “in peace” with their families, or remain loyal to Nicolás Maduro and “lose everything.” This was accompanied by a reminder that if a “peaceful transition” was not possible, there were other options on the table.
The FANB gave Trump an immediate and fitting reply, reminding him that they answered to their own Commander-in-Chief, President Nicolás Maduro Moros, and nobody else.
The depravity of Trump’s discourse was such that he tried to invoke the fight against slavery and for civil rights in the U.S. by appropriating for his own nefarious purpose words made famous by Martin Luther King: “[Y]ou have prayed for the day we can now see, which is just ahead — the day when all the people of this region will at last be free.”
Later, in an appeal to “every member of the Maduro regime” he said, “Let your people go. Set your country free.”
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro replied that Trump’s Miami speech was full of tired Nazi-like rhetoric, prohibiting different ideologies and trying to impose the “single thinking of the supremacists in the White House” on everyone. “They want to enslave us; either we think like Trump or we are nothing,” he said.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel called the speech arrogant, cynical and immoral, among other things, and denounced Trump’s warmongering against Venezuela and Cuba. He said the Cuban people would respond with a mobilization for peace and against an imperial intervention in Latin America and by voting Yes in the Sunday, February 24 referendum on Cuba’s new constitution.
All over the world, demonstrations and actions are taking place in support of Venezuela’s sovereignty and against the pending U.S. invasion of that country.
TML Weekly Information Project, February 23, 2019 – No. 6
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