The same way Washington turns one country after another into dystopian wastelands – ravaging, destroying, and strip-mining them of everything of worth.

Times editors mocked clear evidence of US culpability together with fascist Venezuelan elements.

They ridiculed Maduro. Said he “ramble(ed) for hours about an international right-wing conspiracy to oust him…”

Claimed “it’s clear that he would use any fabricated pretext to jail opposition leaders and crack down on dissent.”

They turned a blind eye to Washington’s foiled plot. They ludicrously called Maduro’s legitimate accusations “outlandish.”

They outrageously accused him of “repressi(ng)” his critics. They called fascist coup-plotting Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma a respected politician – reacting to legitimate charges against him with “remarkable stoicism.”

They claimed co-conspirator Leopoldo Lopez “was jailed on trumped-up charges…” They called Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez explaining planned air strikes against strategic government targets “absurd.”

They lied calling Maduro’s “fears of a coup…a diversion strategy by a maniacal statesman…unable to deal with the dismal state of his country’s economy…”

They ignored Washington’s lawless economic and political war – it’s attempt to make Venezuela’s economy scream. Its plot to make the country look like Ukraine.

They quoted the State Department’s Big Lie saying Washington “regret(s) that the Venezuelan government continues to blame (it) for events inside Venezuela.”

“(T)he United States remains committed to maintaining our strong support and lasting ties with the people of Venezuela.”

Despite being caught red-handed, the State Department dismissed coup-plotting accusations. It called them “baseless and false.”

It ignored America’s longstanding blood-drenched history of toppling one independent government after another.

It ludicrously claimed Washington “does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means.”

Times editors consistently bury hard truths. They deplore model Venezuelan democracy. They want US controlled fascist governance replacing it.

They called clear evidence of Obama’s coup plot “a conspiracy theory.” Honest analysis isn’t their long suit.

On Saturday, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez explained new measures Maduro instituted in response to Washington’s foiled coup plot.

Maduro said he told Rodriguez “to immediately, in compliance with article 11 of the Vienna Convention, to reduce and minimize the number of US embassy officials in Venezuela.”

“They have over 100 officials, while in the US we have no more than 17.”

He should have kicked them all out. They’re all CIA agents or assets. Their mission is toppling Venezuela’s democratic government.

Perhaps he’ll shut down Washington’s den of spies later on. He said “(w)e have captured some US citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast.”

A US pilot of Latin American descent was apprehended in the state of Tachira. Maduro accused him of “covert” espionage activities.

“The northern imperial power has entered a dangerous phase of desperation, going to talk to the continent’s governments to announce the overthrow of my government. And I accuse Vice President Joe Biden of this,” Maduro said.

Rodriguez explained new measures instituted will help Venezuela deter US aggression.

Henceforth, US diplomats and support staff assigned to Venezuela must re-apply for visas. Maduro accused embassy officials of involvement in the foiled coup plot to topple him.

Washington’s embassy must now inform Caracas of meetings it intends having with different sectors of Venezuelan society.

US citizens traveling to Venezuela will have to pay the same price in dollars for visas as Washington charges Venezuelans visiting America.

A list of US officials banned from Venezuela will be prepared – because of their involvement in human rights violations.

“We will prohibit visas for individuals who want to come to Venezuela who have violated human rights and have bombed Iraq, Syria, and Vietnam,” said Maduro.

He could have added dozens of other countries victimized by US imperial crimes.

“An anti-terrorist list that will be headed by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, the former director fo the CIA George Tenet, congressman Robert Menendez, Marco Rubio, the wolf Ileana Ross-Lethinen, George Tenet and Mario Díaz Balart,” Maduro added.

“They cannot come to Venezuela for being terrorists.”

Maduro’s announced measures came on the 26th Caracazo anniversary. A previous article explained it as follows:

A popular rebellion confronted former President Carlos Andres Perez’s hated government. It lasted days. Security forces killed thousands. Many others were injured.

Protests followed so-called economic reforms. IMF diktats were imposed. Neoliberal harshness punished ordinary Venezuelans.

Perez broke his campaign promise. He called the IMF “a neutron bomb that only kills people.” He about-faced in office. He bowed to Washington Consensus demands.

February 27, 1989 was a Monday. Over the weekend, he doubled consumer gasoline prices. Commuters were outraged. They responded angrily.

Many refused to pay. Protests erupted. Revolutionary ferment united students, workers, and activists for change.

Anger over doubled gasoline prices became rebellion. Perez’s entire neoliberal package was challenged.

Martial law followed. Perez authorized live ammunition against protesters.

Caracazo was pivotal. It represented the eventual death knell of business as usual. Rebellion created Hugo Chavez. In 1999, Bolivarianism followed.

Perez was Venezuela’s president from 1974 – 1979. He served again from February 1989 – May 1993. In 1992, he survived two coup attempts.

Chavez led one that failed. His activism catapulted him to prominence. He got national television air time. He called on remaining resistance elements to cease hostilities.

At the same time, he said he only failed “por ahora (for now).” Later success proved him right.

Perez became Venezuela’s first president forced from office by the Supreme Court. He was impeached for embezzling 250 million bolivars.

Senate members stripped his immunity. He refused to resign. Venezuela’s National Congress ended his tenure permanently.

In May 1996, he was sentenced to 28 months in prison. In 1998, he was prosecuted again. He ended up self-exiled in Miami. He was a vehement anti-Chavista.

A 2003 stroke partially disabled him. In December 2010, he died. He’s gone. He remains reviled. Venezuelans remember. They deplore someone like him returning.

On Friday, tens of thousands of Venezuelans rallied in Caracas in support of national sovereignty and Maduro’s government.

He addressed the crowd saying “(w)e will go out so that the imperialists of the world know that Venezuela respects itself.”

During Caracazo 1989, many opposition figures were in power, he explained. They “ordered massacres and torture and disappear(ances)…Now that they are in the minority, they resort to terrorism.”

Times editors endorse fascist extremism in Venezuela, America and elsewhere. Reflecting their longstanding support for wealth, power and privilege at the expense of beneficial social change.

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