Evo: The US, not Venezuela, is the real threat

Evo Morales

Bolivian President Evo Morales said “the US is the real threat to humankind” on September 7 in response to US Senator Marco Rubio's talk of using the US Armed Forces against the Venezuelan government. Rubio had said Venezuela “has become a threat for the region and even for the United States”.

Morales tweeted: “Senator Marco Rubio, warns of using the Empire’s army against the people of Venezuela because he assumes a ‘threat’ against the security of the US”. The Bolivian president remarked that the US is the real threat to the world’s people, citing “its history of interventionism and military coups d'état in the world”.

Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, made the comments after meeting with national security advisor for the Donald Trump administration, John Bolton, at the White House on September 4.

Rubio said: “I believe that the United States Armed Forces are only used in case of a threat to national security. I think there is an argument, very strong, that can be used at this moment that Venezuela has become a threat to the region and even to the United States.”

In February, Rubio made a similar statement, encouraging the Venezuelan Army to overthrow the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro.

“The world would support the Armed Forces in #Venezuela if they decide to protect the people & restore democracy by removing a dictator,” Rubio tweeted on February 9.

In June, Morales had forcefully stated that Latin America “is no longer the United States’ backyard”, while denouncing US attempts to convince its Latin American allies to help orchestrate a military intervention or coup in Venezuela.

[Reprinted from TeleSUR English.]