Peter Binose voor Curacao Chronicle
In a speech on national television, Venezuela’s President Maduro reports that the air defence areas of the country have been expanded beyond the Windward Islands all the way up to St Maarten. President Nicolas Maduro said that his country has the right to defend itself in the skies above the Dutch Antilles.
Venezuela is already a bully of the seas, claiming areas that it does not own; now it appears they are trying to bully the airspace.
We have to remember how St Vincent and the Grenadines PM Ralph Gonsalves supported Venezuela’s sea grab of Bird Island. Just what kind of filth was that?
St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said the OECS had accepted Venezuela’s sovereignty over Bird Island and that he would not allow anyone to dictate whether or not he should put pressure on the government of Venezuela in relation to the issue. Speaking at a press conference at the CARICOM Secretariat, Gonsalves said, “Nobody is going to tell me which questions are important.”
When public support for this type of Venezuelan communist regime wanes at home they try and turn public attention from local matters to the international theatre.
Maduro made a two-hour long speech on TV, as Marxists do. What was interesting is that the way he put it sounded like Venezuela already flies his war planes in the airspace of the Windward Islands. Perhaps the ALBA treaty asks them to do so over the ALBA member states. The frightening thing about that is it will give them the airspace of most of the Caribbean.
Reports in Associated Press:
The government of President Nicolas Maduro announced on Feb. 12 it had thwarted a coup attempt organized by some military personnel. The plot planned to overthrow the president and carry out air attacks on government buildings and other locations.
A retired air force general and 11 others have been arrested for plotting to overthrow President Maduro.
Apparently the perpetrators of the coup tried to bomb the Miraflores presidential palace with a Tucani aircraft. What on earth this has to do with assaulting the national airspace of the Dutch Antilles and St Maarten in particular is hard to understand. Unless it is something to do with the Venezuelans owing them hundreds of millions of dollars of outstanding ticketing and landing fees. Perhaps it is little more than putting the screws on the Dutch, bullying of the skies.
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas [ALBA] has 11 member states and three observer states. In addition, Suriname is classed as a “special guest member”, which along with Haiti intends to become a full members. We are all expected to support one another politically and militarily.
It should be remembered that Hugo Chavez had a hate for the Americans and continually accused the United States of using the Dutch islands of Aruba and Curacao, off the Caribbean coast, for a possible military attack against Venezuela. In 2009, the Venezuelan government accused the US of working with the Netherlands to prepare an aggression against Venezuela. You can be sure that President Maduro inherited that opinion from Chavez and believes that the failed coup was exported from the US via the Dutch Antilles.
Like Chavez, Maduro is a Marxist lunatic but without the charisma. The people no longer like him, the military barely tolerate him, and ALBA members find him a pushover. But after all, we can suppose as an ex bus driver and nasty minded Marxist union leader, what else should we expect to be happening in our little corner of the world here in the Caribbean when it’s directed by him.
Venezuela owes Russia multi billions of US dollars for military arms. The Russians have installed missile silos all over Venezuela. They have sold them submarines, tanks, missile ships, and thousands of armaments and ammunitions. With drop in oil prices which the Russian payment for arms is set against, Venezuela now cannot pay because, if they do, they will have to give the Russians all their oil production, leaving nothing to feed the people with.
So it’s no wonder, when Washington and Brussels warned of deeper sanctions against Russia after President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, failed to agree on a cease fire, Maduro spoke up on behalf of Russia. “We are very watchful of this threat to Russia,” Maduro said. “We in Venezuela demand in a clear voice … that those who accuse and accost Russia desist the attack, desist from seeking war with Russia.”
Maduro has made a number of trips to Moscow over the last two years. Putin announced that Russian companies were investing US$20 billion in Venezuela during Maduro’s visit to Moscow in July 2013. So between the huge contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds based in Venezuela, and thousands of Russians building up the Venezuelan military capability, let’s just hope that the little Caribbean island states division of ALBA does not get drawn into a whole load of military crap, supporting Venezuela on its bullying jaunts.
So, as Venezuela carries on its bullying tactics in the seas and air space in the Caribbean, we must keep in mind what is happening in the breakdown of Venezuelan society, industry, and retail section, as it collides and conflicts with a Marxist Monster Party, and that is the real reason for what is happening.
St Kitts and Nevis has got rid of its monsters, one down and many more to go.
By Peter Binose