SOUTH AMERICANS COLLECTING MILLIONS OF SIGNATURES ON ANTI-U.S. PETITION FOR OBAMA
Jim Kouri, CPP
March 30, 2015
The Venezuelan government on Sunday announced that so far it has collected well over a million signatures on a petition demanding that President Barack Obama put an end to U.S. aggression against that socialist South American country, according to media reports.
South American countries such as Venezuela and its close ally Bolivia, also governed by a leftist administration, are awaiting the arrival of President Obama next month during the annual Organization of American States (OAS) summit to hand the petitions directly to the American Commander in Chief.
According to political leaders in the capital city of Caracas, they expect to turn over upwards of 20 million signatures and publicly hand them to Obama. They also claim they've received close to three million Twitter messages urging the U.S. government to "back off."
One of the key issues for Venezuela is that U.S. President Barack Obama didn't repeal an executive order that declares Venezuela a national security threat to the U.S. and its interests throughout the world.
President Nicolas Maduro, who is seen as being just as volatile as his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, had a photo op showing that his was the very first signature on the petition which was then sent to supporters throughout Venezuela for their signatures.
Meanwhile, last week Bolivia's President Evo Morales said during a press conference that before the Organization of American States (OAS) summit, the United States' leaders should apologize for U.S. actions against the socialist nations that have nationalized some U.S. companies. Morales, however, failed to mention his nation's -- and Venezuela's -- role in cultivating and exporting cocaine and narcotics.
"If [Obama] doesn't want to meet with any resistance at the Summit of the Americas, then he should apologize to Latin America, especially to Venezuela," Morales told reporters at a press conference. Venezuela has been suffering under an economic system that is described as a "basket case" and has suffered greatly from falling oil prices. Under the late Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan decline intensified with the economy suffering and crime and violence soaring, according to law enforcement officials in the U.S.
What concerns the Obama administration and law enforcement officials in the U.S. is Venezuela's and Bolivia's involvement in drug trafficking. During the last few years Venezuela has developed close ties to the Iranians who have reportedly sent intelligence officers and Hezbollah to Venezuela. Recently, the Venezuelans purchased missiles and other weapons from the Iranians and also purchased Russian warplanes.
Obama is quoted as saying "the situation in Venezuela is an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States." He announced a "national emergency to deal with that threat."
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