On 7 February, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo told Fox News that “Hezbollah has active cells” in Venezuela. This is today’s equivalent to false and exaggerated claims surrounding Iraq’s WMDs and links to Al Qaeda.
There are clear and disturbing parallels between the events that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the current frenzy promotingregime changein Venezuela. From the state actors to the massive disinformation campaign, Washington and its “coalition of the willing” appear to be following the same old imperialist formula.
The Canaryspoke to activist journalists Mike Prysner and Fiona Edwards about the parallels between the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq and current events in Venezuela.Prysner was 19 years old when he was deployed to Iraq in March 2003. He is now an anti-war activist, producer and writer forThe Empire Files, and co-host of theEyes Leftpodcast. Edwards, meanwhile, is a national officer ofStop the Warcoalition (a centralorganisingforce against the Iraq invasion) and awriteron Latin America.
Déjà vu in Venezuela
Prysner began by saying:
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