We lost Venezuela. But our Bolivarian people are organised and won't give up their political and social power just like that. I don't know what they should do, and anyway it's not about me! I will support whatever the decide to do.
It's a worrying moment. We lost Argentina to the enemy. There are moves to get rid of our sister-comrade-president of Brazil - Dilma Roussef. Brazil is perhaps one of the most important elements of the new people-centred anti imperialism in Cono Sur.
However! This is not the 1980s in the region, and things have changed. What I exactly mean is that there is a large chance that we can return to national leadership on Venezuela and also in Argentina. We don't necessarily have to go into a bloody conflict with the enemy and its imperialist backers in an attempt to regain political leadership. Due to the massive deaths of historical imperialism and massive sacrifices in liberation struggles we often make a principle out of deaths and dying, when perhaps there should be more emphasis of violence as a tactic of the last resort?
Like most sections of the global South countries the armed struggle has been elevated from non state forms into the armed forces of our states that sometimes need political leadership to fight imperialism effectively. Lately we can see Libya, Iraq and Syria are good examples of the non state popular armed struggle being promoted to a state level armed struggle with a popular character and with non state auxiliary armed forces.
In Venezuela no doubt the enemy will be looking to purge all sections of the armed forces and governance from Chavismo. However, I am not sure taking up arms and slamming down the democratic dictatorship of the workers and peasants and patriots is the order of the day, and the inevitable extremely bloody conflict that that would entail: doesn't mean that I am against such a political rule, and in other situations perhaps such a revolutionary transformation may happen. But the world has proven that in general since the early 1990s that the armed defence of our peoples against imperialism has taken a state form and also that radical pro oppressed anti imperialist transformation has taken forms not in line with protracted people's war of the old type.
But like I said, whatever the Venezuelans and any people of any part of our global South struggle decide in their struggle against imperialism, I will support. My personal feelings are that the Venezuelan people need to take stock of their temporary defeat, taking stock is a multifaceted issue and will take some time. They need to unite and fend off the provocations from the enemy, as probably the enemy would love to see our side take up some violent responses to then justify a terrible revenge against the near 18years of the Chavez Revolutionary profess.
Hugo Chavez is missed! Along with Gaddafi, our greatest global political leader in recent years.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm