[WTF?!] US army could help Venezuela with nonviolent resistance against Maduro

US army could help Venezuela with nonviolent resistance against Maduro: West Point prof

Social movements are notoriously decentralized, which makes power more diffuse yet consensus difficult. That works fine in Silicon Valley conference rooms, but is less compatible in downtown squares in Kiev or Cairo. “[N]onviolence isn’t magic,” as Daniel Fermin notes. “It can fail. It needs discipline, organization, clear goals, and unity of purpose.” A new book by Ivan Marovic, “The Path of Most Resistance,” echoes this point. The former Serbian youth campaigner provides a how-to manual for why nonviolent resistance needs to embrace the strategy and tactics more commonly employed by the military.

My notes:

The Maidan didn’t quite go the way the author states. Poroshenko financed the Maidan, himself, to gain popularity. The U.S. government and CIA were responsible for the snipers.

As for Maduro’s ‘colectivos,’ it’s the Opposition’s demonizing term, for the collectives.

The word ‘collective’ has different uses, but basically it’s any gathering of people that wants to resolve certain conditions that they have in common.

A good article on the ‘colectivos,’ is here.

Both Juan Guaidó, and Leopoldo Lopez, have already been trained to use Gene Sharp’s tactics to overthrow a ‘dictator’ in ‘nonviolent ways’, which was used by US-funded OTPOR, to overthrow Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević (which wasn’t as peaceful as they made it to be), in 2000. Ivan Marović was a member of OTPOR. Another member, Srđa Popović, went on to start CANVAS, which worked with Stratfor to spy on activists and overthrow governments. CANVAS has been declared a terrorist group in the UAE.

At least the author acknowledges that a military intervention would be like an Iraq-style invasion or the Bay of Pigs.

America Would Need More Than 100,000 Troops to Invade Venezuela

The problem is that an invasion could further destabilize Venezuela, hurt, kill or displace countless innocent Venezuelans, alienate the U.S. government in a region that is hostile to American meddling and also get a lot of Americans killed.
— Read on nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/america-would-need-more-100000-troops-invade-venezuela-56452

As if they need reminding!?

Washington Post: Trump promised restraint but has delivered more calamitous intervention

Alfred de Zayas' Human Rights Corner

Link to original article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/07/trump-promised-restraint-has-delivered-more-calamitous-intervention/?utm_term=.6e7e333f3990

The lie of “promises made, promises kept,” a favorite phrase in President Trump’s stump speech for reelection, is perhaps most apparent in his foreign misadventures. The candidate who scorned “regime change,” and promised to end the policy of “intervention and chaos,” is sowing chaos and intervening from Yemen to Iran to Venezuela and beyond. Instead of wasting money on endless wars, Trump would rebuild America’s roads and bridges. The candidate who promised restraint has only delivered more calamitous intervention.

Last week, Trumpvetoedthe bipartisan joint resolution of Congress directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen. This veto is a particularly execrable folly. The administration is continuing to support Saudi Arabia in its unconscionable savaging of that impoverished country, creating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Fourteen million Yemenis are facingwar-induced starvation. Acholera epidemichas…

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