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The “Fierce” People of Venezuela Have to Be Fierce to Resist the Eagle’s Talons Printer friendly page Print This
By Dallas Darling
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Friday, Jan 26, 2018

When anthropologists first arrived to study and observe the Yanomami tribes of Venezuela‘s Orinoco River, they had to hang their hammocks inside the shabono and lie there quietly until they were approached and threatened by a headsman or village member. Even as more shouts and threats came, they couldn’t blink or move.

Consequently, the Yanomami, who believed men descended from drops of blood spilled on the dirt in a struggle between mythical beings after Earth’s formation, thought violent confrontation between individuals and neighboring villages was the natural order. Since then, the Yanomami were given the reputation as being the fierce people of Venezuela.

Survival of the Most Fierce
Considering how the U.S. treats Venezuela, with its show of force and outright political and military interventions, Venezuelans will have to embrace the Yanomami’s fierceness to survive. To be sure, some in Congress have already called for a declaration of war with the Latin American nation over Russia’s intention to build an overseas base in Venezuela.

President Donald Trump has threatened to take “stronger and swifter economic actions” too if Venezuela proceeds with the agreement. But to the dismay of the Eagle’s talons, Venezuela still plans to allow the base so that Russia can refuel its aircraft near the South American equator. Expect increased port visits by Russia and the use of airfields as well.

And then there’s AmazonLog 2017, where 30 military companies test their services and merchandize. Rest assured, the U.S.‘s Southern Command and Defense Department’s Unified Combatant Command is a AmazonLog 2017 participant. [1] They also consider Venezuela’s outspoken activists and researchers against the military exercises as threats.

Ferocity of All Options On the Table
Despite White House officials warning Venezuelans that all options are on the table, including another military invasion and possible war, President Maduro and a majority of people still believe in the fierceness of their socialist revolution. Indeed, sanctions against Venezuela’s oil sector and PDSVA finances are being met with a digital currency.

To the chants of “The 21st century has arrived!”, President Maduro plans to create a crypto currency that will be backed by oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves. In addition to advancing Venezuela’s monetary sovereignty, something the U.S. would like to hijack, it would help bypass financial transactions while devaluing the U.S. petro dollar. [2]

Meanwhile, the U.S. has condemned a plan to create a super-legislative body to rewrite the country’s constitution, granting greater transparency and freedom while protecting the rights of Venezuela’s Indigenous populations. President Nicolas Maduro’s said that “Here in Venezuela, Venezuelans give the orders,” he for sure meant business. [3]

Fierceness’s “Two-Way” Blowback
This is not to say that U.S. sanctions and covert operations haven’t taken their toll. To be sure, frustration is evident in some areas. Still, imperialistic interference will backfire, making a majority of proud and fierce-minded Venezuelans to feel as if they have no option but to resist and fight back to defeat the Eagle‘s talons.

Pressure is also being applied on Luois Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), to suspend Venezuela over a breakdown of constitutional norms. President Trump also wants the OAS to hold officials of the Government of Venezuela accountable for violations of United States law and abuses of human rights.

But there’s signs that U.S. political electioneering and sanctions have unleashed deep resentment. Consequently, more punitive and shortsighted measures will deepen relations with Russia, China and Iran. They’re also causing hardship among poorer communities in the U.S. that face a winter shortage of imported oil from Venezuela, oil they depend on.

Worse Than Ferocity Itself
As a Republican controlled Congress plans to escalate its war against Venezuela and President Maduro, wanting nothing more than to blatantly oust the governing Chavistas and replace them with a right-wing, pro-Trump regime that will serve Washington’s interests, Venezuelans know very well how visitors are fierce too, maybe more so.

Indeed, elections in Venezuela have just begun with President Maduro signaling a nationalist, “anti-Trump” campaign. Meanwhile, dispirited foes are trying to find a viable candidate for a vote they claim will be unfair. Considering a war-like, U.S.-led right-wing onslaught to end Venezuela’s fierce socialism and steal its wealth, what’s really unfair?

Whatever U.S. rhetoric is about ensuring peace and spreading democracy, Venezuelans, like the Yanomami, know their nation and socialist revolution is another human museum that’s showcasing how the U.S. divides, conquers, and then exploits. And like Yanomami headmen, they too want to know their future and control it-but it’s not possible.

It might not be possible because in the shadow of the Eagle’s myths and its talons, war is never meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John’s Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for You can read more of Dallas’ writings at and

(1) “The U.S. Southern Command’s Silent Occupation of the Amazon,” by Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi. January 12, 2018.
(2) “Maduro Says Venezuela $5.9 Billion in Cryptocurrency,” by Fabian Cambero and Girsh Gupta. January 5, 2018.
(3) “Maduro Says Venezuela $5.9 Billion in Cryptocurrency,” by Fabian Cambero and Girsh Gupta. January 5, 2018.

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