What on earth does Russia have to do with the United States government trying to overthrow the government of Venezuela? Well, everything if you ask CNN. According to them, this is part of a Russian cold war conspiracy plotted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The crisis in Venezuela appears to be shaping up like a Cold War-style confrontation: The Kremlin is throwing its support behind embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while Washington backs Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president.
The story at first glance seems to have all the elements of a spy thriller. In recent days, rumors have swirled about Russian mercenaries, massive bullion shipments and murky assassination plots.
Maduro has cast himself as a latter-day Fidel Castro in this drama. In an interview with Russia’s state-owned news agency RIA-Novosti, Maduro hinted at a US-backed attempt on his life, saying, “Without a doubt, Donald Trump gave the order to kill me, told the Colombian government, the mafia of Colombia to kill me.”
That sounded like an episode ripped from one of the CIA’s failed plots to kill the Cuban leader. And the crisis carries echoes of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Late last year, Russian bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons flew to Venezuela, signaling that Russian President Vladimir Putin was willing to play in America’s backyard.
So are we about to watch a Netflix-era remake of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion? Is Venezuela another arena for proxy conflict between Russia and the United States, much like the way Moscow and Washington back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war?
Yes, Russia backs Nicolas Maduro but primarily because he won a presidential election. This other guy who nobody has ever heard of backed by the United States has not won a presidential election.
But the fact that CNN has published this piece trying to frame this as a provocative act by Russia is ridiculous. All this talk about Russian aggression in places like Syria, Ukraine and now Venezuela is a completely false narrative. Russia in each case was merely responding to actions taken by the evil Zionist establishment in Washington DC.
At this point, maybe the best way to get everybody angry at the Jewish establishment is to accuse them of secretly working for Russia. Who knows, considering how stupid the general public is, the strategy might have a chance of working.