The Islamic Republic News Agency (Iran) reports from New Delhi (India) that the
current US campaign called the ‘War on Terror’ was full of coincidental
events and meanings. The starting shot of the recent episode of the global violence
started on September 11, 2001.
It was also the day when three decades ago the Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) sponsored General Augusto Pinochet’s coup, overthrew the democratically-elected
socialist government of President Salvador Allende in Chile and founded a reign
of terror which killed nearly 35,000 people in the first few weeks of the new
The new regime unleashed a brutal period of not only Chilean politics but also
of Latin American history in the 20th century.
Another coup was due in the South American landmass in the unipolar world.
This time it was destined for Venezuela where a business elite supported by
the CIA and the corrupt politicians who were unable to stomach the rule by popular
and charismatic politician Hugo Chavez executed a bloody coup in April, 2002.
Chavez had popularized his rule by dint of a radical agenda whereby he wanted
to use Venezuela’s huge oil wealth for the benefit of the poor who constitute
the majority of the country’s population. His opposition bore with his
policies for the initial moments of his rule.
But when the dynamic President tried to restructure the state-run PDVSA or
Petroleos de Venezuela that would have made it answerable to the State and the
people, his opponents caved in to the temptation of the coup which took place
in April 2002.
The Bush administration came out in support of the coup ... Chavez had antagonized
the Bush regime by questioning the anti-terror strategy of the US and had traveled
all over the world striking friendship with anti-US players including Saddam
But there is another facet of the anti-Venezuelan sentiments of the Bush administration.
Caracas happens to be the fourth largest oil-producer of the world and the state-owned
PDVSA earns US$9 billion which accounts for 15% of the oil imported by the US.
Chavez also enraged Bush and Co. by openly praising Cuban President Fidel Castro,
who has himself weathered a forty year-long campaign by the US to dislodge the
communist rule from Havana.
On the other hand Chavez had struck an accord with Saddam Hussein who had similarly
committed a grievous crime by shifting his oil transactions from US dollars
to the newly introduced Euros by the end of 2001.
Venezuela was seen helping the alternate power structure in the world oil market.
By shifting his oil deals to Euros, Saddam Hussein had committed the sin that
he paid for with the invasion of his country.
Chavez also gained a bit of a similar reputation by siding with the Baathist
government in Baghdad ... he was being seen as a man responsible for promoting
the volatility in the global oil market which ideally for the US should have
maintained a very low range. Chavez was not in a mood to push global oil prices
back to its old bracket or pre-$30 age. He saw instability in oil prices necessary
for global economic equity.
During the recent visit to Delhi, Chavez spelled out some of his ideas to the
gathered journalists ... he said that the era of cheap oil was now behind in
the curve of movement of the world economy. “The world could actually
forget about the old prices." The temperamental movements in the price
curve of the oil market, was indicative of the adjustments taking place in the
“There was little reason to panic over the rising oil prices.”
He felt the world should stop worrying about “‘high’ oil
prices and get used to the new price structure,” he added.
This is not a happy note to the energy hungry US.
Chavez’ pronouncements in India also show that his plans for his people
are not in line with the US policies for global domination.
Chavez’ attempts to nationalize oil and energy resources and the plans
for establishment of a socially responsible government reminds the world of
another event in a different region.
It was the Mossadeq government of Iran in 1953 which was toppled by a CIA-plotted
coup when the charismatic leader nationalized the energy resources of Iran.
The government was overthrown, making way for the return of the Shah’s
Instead of peaceful measures and reconciliatory moves towards Caracas, reports
suggest, the US administration had set up special teams to dislodge the Chavez
administration from its seat of power, that included even a possible plot to
assassinate President Chavez himself.
Attending a press conference during his visit, Chavez stated that he himself
was aware of the plans of his government to eliminate him and that it was plotted
by the US government. He accused the US forces of using napalm and mustard gas
in the campaign to rid Fallujah of Iraqi insurgents in late 2004.
The steps by Chavez to chart his own course for the development of the large
pool of downtrodden people in Venezuela and the planned American sabotage of
his domestic and the subsequent international implications in the world oil
market show that international events eerily resemble the past deeds the world
While the US intensifies its involvement in the West Asian [Middle East] region,
it is also trying to replicate successful past models of action into the present
era to erect a world order to its advantage.