Questions following coup in Brazil: [Part IX: The intervention]

[Part I-VIII has been published in this site earlier]

by Farooque Chowdhury

Role of external intervention in Brazil has complicated the case in the country. Overthrow of a government in Latin America “cannot happen without US approval”, argued Glenn Greenwald in one of his articles on developments in Brazil. “[I]t’s always true that the US government strongly prefers right-leaning governments than left-leaning ones in South America”, he said. He builds up his argument: “Why? It’s obvious: right-leaning governments tend to help the international banks, Wall Street, hedge funds, international capital.” It’s not possible to throw away Greenwald’s arguments by anyone aware of the Empire, its interests and operations. Today, in a world very often appearing far-different than the days of, in Bush-speak, “either you are with us or with the enemy”, or some blunt utterances similar to this, the intervention-business has grown stronger mirroring (1) a desperate condition of imperialism, (2) a heightened condition of competition, (3) a decline in manufacturing and the rise of speculation in economy at the heart of the heart of the system, (4) an unprecedented “anomaly” in the tri-polar – US-EU-Japan – arrangement as the EU is being plagued by the most serious problem from within since its inception, and (5) the rise of people’s movement in countries, a few of which are effectively trying to re-arrange economy and politics by widening people’s participation and sphere in economy and politics. The development mentioned in the last part of the sentence above – the rise of people’s movement in countries – is much powerful than any such development during the hot days of Cold War as today there’s no help – material and diplomatic – the erstwhile USSR used to extend. These movements and rises are handling situation – within country and created externally – on their own based on their experiences and capacities. Unprecedented is the wider front with which countries in Latin America regularly are confronting situations. This is absent in other continents. Imperialism can’t accept the situation as a vast source of exploitation – the Latin America with its people and vast natural resources – is getting out of its control. Moreover, an example of alternative approach is being created by a number of countries in Latin America in front of the peoples of the world. To imperialism, it’s dangerous; it’s like slaves rising in revolt against Rome, against Roman senate. The imperial interventionists today don’t tolerate minimum traces of popular gains, countries’ attempt to raise the issue of national dignity, and countries’ attempt to gain better bargaining power. Therefore, intervention-business is moving vigorously with difference in its stages in countries in all continents including Europe.

With sheer force, the interventionists are planning to control the world. Their activities go, to many extents, back to the post-WW II days: assassination, subversion of organizations, organizing coups, mobilizing mercenaries, sending military. Now, these activities have been sharpened, and have been made sophisticated that include funding groups, student and youth organizations, unions, media and selected persons with capacity to write articles.

Dilma, in the above mentioned interview, expressed concern that “the situation that we now have in Brazil could also happen in their states, because they are democratic nations. Special research shows that after the 1990s there was a lengthy period when there were no coups in Latin America. Now that period is over and we are facing a wave of impeachments.”

“For the left, both in Latin America and the United States, the current political conflict is not only important for its immediate impact on the region. Just as vital is a larger debate regarding the future of left and center-left governments around the globe and their struggle against neoliberal-austerity projects. In this way […] political travesty [in the name of impeachment] does and will have long lasting implications for the left in Latin America.” (Mello and Muniz, op. cit.)

The reverse-journey is being organized not only in Brazil. It – “soft coup”, in essence coup d’état – is an emerging trend in Latin America. Honduras was “treated” with it in 2009. That was “the first ‘Congressional coup’ perpetrated by Roberto Micheletti”. Paraguay was “gifted” with it in 2012. President Fernando Lugo was pushed out. Now, Venezuela is forcefully pushed down the blind alley. The target is Maduro. Argentina has gathered the experience. Ecuador’s president Correa is experiencing it. The aim of “powerful oligarchic, media and imperial forces”in the Brazilian political crisis was to get rid of “progressive forces, the popular revolutionary leaderships of the continent,” said Maduro. He expressed concern that the next victim may be Venezuela. Progressive governments in Latin America are ceaselessly being assaulted. The approach is new as it’s difficult to have legitimacy for military dictatorships (MD), and the peoples in Latin America have experienced MDs, have vigorously struggled against MDs.

To advance the masters’ agenda, there’s the His Master’s Voice – global media, world famous news outlets – serving masters/owners. There’s a part of so-called alternate media, willingly, or alternate media, unknowingly, pushing forward the agenda of intervention. The part of the alternate media, which innocently pushes forward the agenda considers killer and victim equally, a childish sense of neutrality. It doesn’t differentiate a struggle for democracy and activities organized by imperialism covered with a cloak of democracy.  To it, all oppositions are a cause for democracy. It’s a novice-like understanding of issues of democracy. There’s a group of scholars/writers/columnists, who try to put on a progressive/pro-people grab, but advance agenda of their interventionist masters by presenting slanted/distorted information and analysis with a planned besmirch campaign, which, sometimes, goes for years. [Examples are around.] There are youth and student organizations being organized with attractive cloak. There’s huge fund for financing and training these “youthful” organizations. [Examples are around.] Along with no-fly-zone, cruise missile, special forces, mercenaries/proxy sepoys, imperialist intervention today is also carried on with political pressure, threats, economic and financial manipulation. Intervention itself is an assault on the people, especially the poor, the working classes in the country- intervened/-target of intervention.

Farooque Chowdhury, a Dhaka-based freelancer, has authored/edited only three books in English: Micro Credit, Myth Manufactured(ed.), The Age of Crisis, and What Next? The Great Financial Crisis (ed.), and doesn’t operate any blog like “Farooque Chowdhury’s Blog”.



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