Bernie Sanders disappointed the real Leftists again with his stance concerning Venezuela. In a latest tweet he actually adopted the imperialist regime-change narrative that is used to justify another US intervention against a sovereign country. Bernie tweeted:
“The people of Venezuela are enduring a serious humanitarian crisis. The Maduro government must put the needs of its people first, allow humanitarian aid into the country, and refrain from violence against protesters.”
Many real progressives immediately pointed out Bernie's disappointing statement. Abby Martin tweeted:
“you know better than to endorse a stunt led by war criminals who have snuck weapons in aid shipments in the past. This stance will not make democrats like you more and will only lose you support from socialists”
you know better than to endorse a stunt led by war criminals who have snuck weapons in aid shipments in the past. This stance will not make democrats like you more and will only lose you support from socialists— Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) February 23, 2019
Ben Norton also responded to Bernie: “The UN and Red Cross both oppose the Trump administration's fake "humanitarian aid" stunt in Venezuela. It's a Trojan horse to push right-wing regime change. It has nothing to do with helping people. Why is a self-declared "socialist" falling for this?”
The UN and Red Cross both oppose the Trump administration's fake "humanitarian aid" stunt in Venezuela. It's a Trojan horse to push right-wing regime change. It has nothing to do with helping people.— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) February 23, 2019
Why is a self-declared "socialist" falling for this?https://t.co/KxZHNxNKYV
Then, Kyle Kulinski made a video actually to school Bernie for this mistake, summing up why it is important for the real Leftists not to fall into the trap of the regime-change narratives. Kyle rightfully points out:
“... people who have been following this closely and who are on the Left, all of us realized immediately what's going on here. This is feeding into a BS narrative directly from the neocon establishment, which is now running everything ...”
“... basically in the 1980s, during the Cold War, Elliott Abrams did this exact same trick. What he would do is he would send aid to various countries that we wanted to topple, but it wasn't aid. It was actually weapons and it went into right-wing militias to try to do violent overthrowing of democratically elected governments. Now, is that what's happening here? Yes ...”
Everything Kyle says in that video is 100% right until he reaches a point where he makes the same mistake with Bernie. Kyle, suddenly felt the need to 'declare' that “... I'm not in the crowd that says you can't say any bad word ever about a guy like Maduro cause I do think he's bad and I thought Saddam was bad and I think all these dictators are bad ...”
Apart from the fact that Kyle heavily contradicted himself if we look at his statements early in the video, he should know that all the cases are not the same. Nicolas Maduro is not Saddam Hussein. Maduro is the democratically elected president of Venezuela through elections that held with the presence of international observers.
So Kyle, please be careful. One phrase actually erased every solid argument in your video. Because this is one of the most fundamental strategies of the imperialist regime-change machine. That is, to put under the label ‘dictator’ any leader who will dare to defy the absolute domination of the US empire. Whether he has been democratically elected or not.