The Venezuela’s political crisis will change the Caribbean region – By Hudson George

Whatever the outcome of Venezuela’s political crisis, the Caribbean region will not be the same again

By Hudson George of Grenada – Commentary

Whatever the outcome of Venezuela’s political crisis, the Caribbean region will not be the same again. If the Nicolas Maduro government survives, or if the US-backed interim leader Juan Guaido is installed by US military invasion, the region will become infested with foreign military presence for a very long time because the conflict is all about who should controls the largest oil deposit resources in the world.       

All the talk about democracy and who is a dictator and who will restore democracy is just a joke. There is no proper democracy in those OPEC oil-rich countries. The majority of governments are dictatorships and there are no future plans ahead to create any forms of functioning healthy democracy in the future.        

If the present Venezuela government survives the conflict, it will continue to buy more military weapons to protect the regime and there will be a good excuse for the leadership to say that they are protecting the country and government with better military equipment in case an unfriendly foreign power tries to invade or destabilise the regime.

On the other hand, if the US invades the country and installs a puppet regime, it is obvious that the US will keep some kind of military presence on Venezuelan soil as long as possible to protect its economic and geopolitical interest. And most likely a section of the population will try to resist foreign occupation of their country. Such a situation will create more bloodshed and loss of lives.

It will polarise our fragile CARICOM countries, whereby politicians in those islands including Guyana, will be playing political games with superpowers to fulfill their political dreams. For example, it is blatantly clear that the present Jamaican government is pro American in the conflict.

However, it is expected that, in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, two major political parties will play their opportunistic political game too. As we already heard the voice of Trinidad and Tobago opposition leader supporting the US government in the conflict. One can only guess that the two main political parties are hoping that the US administration will favour one of them to govern Guyana, due to the fact that Guyana has the potential to have the second largest oil deposit after Venezuela.

With so much oil and gas monies at stake based on western capitalist countries’ interest, even little Grenada will be targeted and affected too, because just recently a Russian oil company discovered some natural gas deposits in Grenada’s offshore waters.

With the oil and gas deposits in Grenada, it is expected that Grenadian politicians will be interested in the politics of Grenada’s wealth, both internal and external. So, it looks like a new problem will be added to Caribbean people rights to live peacefully. We have already suffered from the evils of the drug trade that is creating an alarming increase murder rate in the region.

I personally do not have to read the Book of Revelation to understand global politics. The problem in the world today is all about money and power. The game is all about natural resources wealth that comes with power to control with modern technology.

Presently, there are three powerful countries fighting to dominate the world. The political game is no longer a two-way battle between capitalism versus communism. The three-way game is now being played between China, Russia and the United States for world dominance.

So, if the United Sates invades Venezuela, most likely Russia and China will do the same thing too in different locations on the globe. For, example, if the United States occupies Venezuela militarily, China might want to invade Taiwan and Russia might want to invade some other country of political interest.

So, as Caribbean people, we could find ourselves caught up in global politics and become pawns to superpowers.

These superpower countries are like predators, when they are hungry economically and politically, they will do whatever is necessary to remain militarily and economically powerful. Now, it seems as though oil-rich countries are becoming battlegrounds.


Hudson George has a BA in Social Science from York University, Toronto, Canada. He has been writing since his early teenage years and now contributes letters and articles to a number of Caribbean newspapers

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On February 10, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    “So, as Caribbean people, we could find ourselves caught up in global politics and become pawns to superpowers.”
    ~ Caribbean countries have long been pawns to the superpowers.

    “Now, it seems as though oil-rich countries are becoming battlegrounds.”
    ~ This has long been the case in the Middle East. Now, with falling oil reserves, South America has become the new battleground.

  • Trevor  On February 10, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    The Guyanese elite have to be stupid to believe that they will become billionaire backward Arabians of Saudi Arabia when America is waging war next door and likely to foment a global war and famine in the region of South America.

    • Trevor  On February 10, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Canada is also a puppet of America’s war on Venezuela. Anyone who is a communist and voted for Liberal party of Canada has been conned as Justin Trudeau is not a communist, but a warmongering imperialist who is acting on America’s behalf.

  • guyaneseonline  On February 11, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Venezuela w/Rania Khalek

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