Martin Luther King’s Relevance to Venezuela and the World

President Maduro, please ...

President Maduro, slanderous Western media, promoting war and violence for capital gains of the mercilessly amoral, automaton functioning, speculative interest banking industry, has put you in their spotlight to better target you with defamation. This is, then, your opportunity to be heard world-wide. In telling the truth about the USA, you will be protecting all of us, Venezuela included.

Please don’t argue with the likes of Obama, or McCain, John Kerry or others guilty of so many documented murderous crimes against humanity. Remember, their handlers on Wall Street control most of the world’s media, which will twist whatever you say about Venezuela as it twists what is happening in your country and in Syria, the Ukraine, in Afghanistan and a dozen other places.

President Maduro, please quote Martin Luther King Jr.! Your government is in the gun-sights of the superpower and its allies for the usual predatory business expectations. Quote King the way Chavez quoted Noam Chomsky to the UN General Assembly. Quote King crying out, “my own government is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world!”

Tell Americans and the world that the corporate media that works to destroy the beautiful Chavista peaceful revolution for a government of all Venezuelans and not just mostly for the rich, is the same media Martin Luther King condemned for lying and promoting US “atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents, since 1945, meant to maintain unjust predatory investments”.

Have Telesur repeat it as a sound bite! “… atrocity wars and covert violence meant to maintain unjust predatory investments on three continents!” Yes, that’s right! That American icon, Rev. Martin Luther King, the only American with a national holiday on his birthday, said this, and gave the gory details of the true and bloody history of US genocide in Vietnam and elsewhere.

Millions upon millions of people in the USA and around the world will be just as shocked as when King thundered these words nearly a half-century ago in a sermon that held all Americans responsible, including himself for, yes, “atrocity wars and covert violence meant to maintain unjust predatory investments on three continents!”

Millions will ask, did King really say what the President of Venezuela says he said: “My own government is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world!” and that it runs “atrocity wars and covert violence meant to maintain unjust predatory investments on three continents”?

Why? Because once King was silenced with a bullet to his brain, these same deadly criminal conglomerate-owned media with satellite overseas reach, have made sure no one hears even a mention of King’s condemnation of his own government for the “death of a million in Vietnam, mostly children,”;  never  have heard of King’s words, They languish under our bombs and consider us … the real enemy”;  “A time comes when silence is betrayal.  And that time has come for us.” (Beyond Vietnam sermon)

Dear President Maduro, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark would like to see an international call for justice and the US brought before the law for a “US foreign policy that is the greatest crime since World War II.” (The Fire this Time: US Crimes in the Gulf)

Ramsey Clark, along with people’s historian Howard Zinn, is a co-founder of the Martin Luther King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign, and supports seeding confidence in the public consciousness world wide, that sooner of later, citizens and entities of the United States of North America will be sued for genocidal crimes against humanity and crimes against peace, for compensation for wrongful death in the millions, and injuries in the tens of millions, and for reparations for massive destruction and theft of natural resources, at a cost that will make future wars and covert violence to maintain predatory investments unprofitable. The former US Attorney General is also co-founder of Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now.

President Maduro, if, while you are now in the limelight, point to US crimes against humanity, perhaps you will be joined enthusiastically by presidents of other US attacked, beleaguered and threatened nations: Presidents like Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Raul Castro of Cuba.

Remind the world of American genocide in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Iraq; USA CIA violent overthrows of democratic governments in Greece, Iran, Congo, Guatemala, Chile, Haiti, Honduras; of its Armed Forces invasions of the Dominican Republic, Panama, Cuba, Grenada, Nicaragua, its naval shelling of Lebanon, bombing of Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen; funding al Qaida’s genocidal destruction of Syria; US support for vicious US banking favoring brutal military dictatorships throughout the world and especially throughout Latin America as in Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia with years of massacres in El Salvador and Guatemala.

The planned overthrow of your government is difficult to argue against, the enemy owns too much scurrilous and omnipresent media. But calling attention to the documentation of more bombs than in all of WWII on the agrarian Buddhist population of the small French colony of Vietnam? – a million and half dead in furious war in Iraq? – both wars shrugged off as mistakes? Just Indochina and Iraq taken together maybe as much as seven million lives. Mistake? Even if adjudicated as manslaughter and not genocide, compensation for wrongful death, injuries, destruction of property and theft of natural resources is due! And there is no statute of time limitations for murder or manslaughter.

Did Chavez not call for justice for all victims of the USA, and not just Venezuela, and in doing so, helped everyone and helped defend Venezuela as well? While criminal media can put you, President Maduro, in a bad light for half the world, you can turn the tables on the neo-colonialist media by reminding the whole world that the problem is not Venezuela, but the genocidal use of US military and CIA in dozens of nations that is not being prosecuted under the universally recognized Nuremberg Principles; laws not meant only for Germans, but for citizens of all nations as stated in Nuremberg by US Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson. Gen. Telford Turner, Consul for the Prosecution at Nuremberg, during the US war in Vietnam, told CBS in an interview that was suppressed,  I would have been glad to lead the prosecution of US bomber pilots shot down over Vietnam.” (“Bomber Pilot McCain: War Heroism or War Crimes?” by CBS’s Robert Richter)

As the United States of (North) America knocks off and destroys country after country it is time someone of character like yourself speaks up for justice for all citizens of victim nations of the long sixty-four year apocalypse of US-NATO neo-colonial imperialism.

We will be hanging on to your words as you brave this latest US intention to overthrow your government.

Jay Janson, spent eight years as Assistant Conductor of the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi and also toured, including with Dan Tai-son, who practiced in a Hanoi bomb shelter. The orchestra was founded by Ho Chi Minh,and it plays most of its concerts in the Opera House, a diminutive copy of the Paris Opera. In 1945, our ally Ho, from a balcony overlooking the large square and flanked by an American Major and a British Colonel, declared Vietnam independent. Everyone in the orchestra lost family, "killed by the Americans" they would mention simply, with Buddhist un-accusing acceptance. Jay can be reached at: Read other articles by Jay.