The anti-Assad crowd campaigning for US “humanitarian intervention” into Syria is really showing their rightwing character by campaigning for US intervention in Venezuela. When you endorse the bombing of civilians to oppose repressive regimes, you fall right into the trap of fascists, Stalinists, confusionists who reduce politics & war to “regime change operations.” But do the anti-Assad pro-war crowd really have to sell Palestinians down the river by endorsing the Zionist views of Financial Times writer Philip Stephens who denounced Palestinians for extremist violence in order to make the case for US intervention into Venezuela? Have they no shame? Have they no concern about the hundreds of thousands of civilians who will be harmed by war? Have they so little damn sense that they trust the US Pentagon & the presidency of Trump? Beware the clarion call for war.

This photo is a protest in Caracas on February 2nd against Maduro’s policies. Protesting against Maduro is not an endorsement of US military intervention. It is Venezuelans exercising their right to oppose government policies that impose repression & austerity on them. It should also be said that protesting for Guaido is not an endorsement of US intervention but speaks to the bankruptcy of electoral options in Venezuelan politics.

(Photo by Meridith Kohut/NY Times)