Waiting for the Petunia: The Sequel

In our last episode five Iranian tankers carried fuel to Venezuela in defiance of illegal US coercive measures for regime change in Venezuela (aka “sanctions”). The tankers made it past US threats and warships. Now the Iranians are at it again, with the tankers Fortune, Faxon and Forest. Keeping up the struggle against the hegemon, Russia just sent a shipment of insulin to Venezuela to help the country weather US sanctions and eventually produce its own insulin. China has been helping Venezuela with medical aid, tech, infrastructure and loans.

—The tankers will make it to Venezuela for sure, says Luz.

—No question, I reply.
The US must be so embarrassed.
It won’t send gunboats this time.

—So, there’s no suspense in this play?
Poem…whatever.
No excitement at all?

—Ummm…
I’m thinking.

—Wait, I know.
Secretary Pompeo will have a tantrum.
He’ll explode.
Just like in the Monty Python movie
The Meaning of Life!

—Please. Talk of explosions makes me nauseous.
Drone bombings.
The Twin Towers.
Beirut.

—OK.  Then maybe there will be an explosion
of anti-imperialist solidarity among nations.
The US will be isolated.
Along with a handful of its allied
eeewwropean countries
And the gulf monarkkkies.

—Kaboooom!

—Solidarity Forever.
Solidaridad para siempre.
And if I knew it in Farsi,
Russian,
Mandarin…

—We’re Americans.
We don’t do languages.

—No, not yet.
But one day we’ll learn.

Roger Stoll is a Latin America/Caribbean solidarity activist with the Task Force on the Americas, a three-decades-old anti-imperialist human rights organization. He has published articles, book reviews and political poetry in Dissident Voice, Resumen Latinoamericano, MintPress News, Black Agenda Report, Popular Resistance, Orinoco Tribune, Marxism-Leninism Today, Counterpunch, San Francisco Examiner, ZNet, Jewschool, and New Verse News. Read other articles by Roger.