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Venezuela looted from the colony to the present day


* From cocoa, coffee, indigo, gold, pearls and salt, to oil, gold, diamonds, uranium, coltan and thorium.

* Since the time of the conquest, Venezuelans have been an easy people to dominate.


Since remote times in the face of any conflict, the parties involved debated whether to go to arms or agree to some agreement on the table.

Sin embargo, así como antiguos son los conflictos, de igual modo   antiguos son los grupos mafiosos  que they are never lacking and they fish in any troubled river to take advantage of it. 

This comment at first glance does not represent anything new, but it is important to bring it to this window, because it will serve to explain a little the reality that Venezuela is experiencing in the 21st century.


The nation that gave birth to Bolivar has gone from conflict to conflict, and from one economic problem to another. This fact has not been the work of chance. It has been the product of the immeasurable wealth that the country has in terms of its natural resources, in addition to its geographically strategic position, attractive to the great powers, which have seen it lag behind in the world race for advancement and development.


Since the conquest of Venezuela, and until the colonial era, Venezuela began to show riches in the order of agriculture. First with cocoa and coffee and later with minerals such as gold, pearls, indigo  called the blue gold of the time... and the highly valuable salt.

Already well into the 20th century, Venezuela, the magical land, showed the world oil, gold, diamonds, uranium, coltan now called modern blue gold and Thorium, so valuable for the space race

Since the 16th century, pirates have come from anywhere in the world to plunder and seize the riches of Venezuela. However, the most curious thing was the lack of an indigenous government with a warlike character. For this reason the process of conquest was much easier than it was in Mexico for example.


That tells us a lot about the nature of the Venezuelan natives since the Colony, and why Venezuela has been constantly looted during its history.


The problems of Venezuela during the conquest, its colonial era and its independence from Spain,  were not very different from the problems of the South American country during the 19th, 20th and so far of the 21st centuries , only that in this new stage, politics, as is obvious, took and continues to play a fundamental role.


The Venezuela of the 20th century and up to the present, has had 3 military regimes in command.  The first period was formed by a brotherhood whose main piece was Juan Vicente Gomez, who took Cipriano Castro out of circulation . Upon Gomez's death, he was succeeded by Eleazar Lopez Contreras and later by Isaías Medina Angarita.

It was a Feudal Venezuela.


Then there were three years of civil government guided by Romulo Betancourt and Romulo Gallegos, until Carlos Delgado Chalbaud deposed Romulo Gallegos for economic interests, and established the Second Military Regime.


The assassination of President Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, product of the revenge of the left sector for having overthrown Romulo Gallegos, brings political scientist German Suarez Flamerich to power, who takes over the government provisional, until December 2, 1952, when General Marcos Perez Jimenez assumes control after being appointed President by the Armed Forces, after the dissolution of the Governing Board that preceded him.


Of nationalist character and with right-wing convictions, during his dictatorship he developed the Venezuela that was known until the end of the 20th century, and that product of the leftist dictatorship that currently controls the nation, it is not even the shadow of Venezuela de Perez Jimenez.

As history reveals, Venezuela has been a come and go, of alternation of power.  A rich and adrift country, which shows us why today it is a victim of the extensive claws that come from anywhere in the world.



To address the current situation in Venezuela, we can use as  connector a historical fact related to the coup d'etat given by Chalbaud, since there is a great similarity between the departure from power of Romulo Gallegos, and that of Carlos Andres Perez.

In the short period that Gallegos was in power, which added up in days does not reach 10 months, he decreed a new Law on Tariffs and Excess Profit Taxes, enacted in July 1948, which charged companies with 50 percent additional fees, apart from income taxes, already previously established.


This protectionism towards the State that Romulo Gallegos exercised, was against the elites and economic groups, which caused him to be overthrown by the second military dictatorship, headed by Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, as we had already exposed.

Eleven days after being overthrown, Gallegos is expelled from the country with his family.


Carlos Andres Perez experienced a similar fate, since when announcing new economic measures, one of the points required by the International Monetary Fund was the one related to the elimination of import tariffs, giving the population the freedom to buy any good. abroad.

This element was one of the counterweights, in favor of the people contained in the CAP adjustment program, the same as a basic food basket that was not touched.

But the tariff elimination measure for imports  dealt a heavy blow to the economic elites of Venezuela, and they were not going to forgive that fact, and so was how they applauded the attempt Hugo Chavez's coup d'état.

Not content with this, they gave all their money and support to the coup leader who ultimately, in textual terms,  would take over  of the country.

What those elites did not know was that behind that Lieutenant Colonel  was hidden a ferocious wolf named Fidel Castro who was the main adviser and benefactor of communist ideas, of the new revolutionary hero.

The support that the economic groups gave to Hugo Chavez handed over the country to the foreign invaders, who were already ready to enter Caracas triumphantly.

Today history reveals that these mafia groups are still present that, in the face of the worst conflicts and regardless of the suffering of the population, dress in their best clothes to take advantage of any situation, selling the wealth of Venezuela to the highest bidder.

According to what history has given us, in order to close this cycle of looting the country must come out of both the tyrannical dictatorship of Hugo Chavez's heir, as well as the representatives or bosses of the political parties in Venezuela, who are trying to maintain the everlasting alternation of powers. In technical words a “Second Fixed Point Agreement”.

Once the current looting cycle is closed, we will have to be prepared for the next attack.


You draw your conclusions.

Raul Alberto Diaz


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