Reader's Blog: Intervention by US has left nations in chaos

Far from bringing freedom and democracy to these countries, US intervention left all of them is chaos.

Reader's Blog: Intervention by US has left nations in chaos

The UN Charter prohibits wars of aggression, and overthrowing sovereign governments yet since 2001, the US and Nato have waged illegal wars of aggression, and overthrown the governments of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, assisted the overthrow of governments in Egypt and Ukraine, and tried to overthrow the government of Syria.

Far from bringing freedom and democracy to these countries, US intervention left all of them is chaos.

We are now witnessing the attempted overthrow of the elected government of Venezuela, which has the world’s largest oil reserves, led by the USA and supported by EU members Germany, France, Spain and Britain, who have announced that they will recognise Juan Guaido as “interim president” if elections are not held within eight days, which is administratively impossible.

When Nicolas Maduro was elected president in May 2018, the main opposition Democratic Unity coalition, boycotted the election thus virtually guaranteeing that Maduro would be the democratically elected President. In any state, the position of ‘interim president’ can only exist if the incumbent either dies or is removed, neither of which has occurred in Venezuela.

Even the CIA World Factbook states that President Nicolas Maduro is both chief of state and head of government, clearly indicating that Venezuela has a presidential rather that a parliamentary type of government, and that the executive vice president is Delcy Rodriguez Gomez who should be the obvious replacement if President Maduro is removed

Since Juan Guaido was not even a candidate in the 2018 elections his claim to be the interim president is spurious. An Irish Government statement that “Ireland has consistently supported the democratically elected National Assembly of which Mr Guaido is President”, ignores the fact that the system of government in Venezuela is a French-type presidential system. The Irish Government should not be interfering in the sovereign affairs of other countries is such a manner.

Edward Horgan

Castletroy

Limerick

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