Venezuela wants to bully Guyana out of more than two-thirds of its most resource-rich territory – known as the Essequibo county, and it is trying desperately to portray itself as the good guy, the hero of the action movie about to unfold, and the victim. Nevertheless, some people still have questions. Will Venezuela really be bold enough to invade?
Venezuela is most likely planning to invade Guyana. This is strongly indicated by the fact that it has already created a pretext for war. This pretext is the false claim that the US intends to set up military bases in the Essequibo Region and threaten its security. To prevent this from happening, it proposes to annex and “defend” what it describes as territory stolen from it hundreds of years ago by the British Empire.
“We condemn the intention of the government of the United States of America to militarize the situation (in Essequibo). The Southern Command is trying to create a military base in the disputed territory in order to create the spearhead of its aggression against Venezuela and seize our energy resources.”Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ivan Gil, speaking at the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2023.
Usually, when corrupt leaders want to invade a country, they create a pretext for war. This false claim that the US intends to “militarize” the disputed territory will be used by Venezuela to try to justify its forceful annexation of the Essequibo. It is already doing a good job fooling its gullible population who needs no convincing and who are united in the cause of “defending the Essequibo.”
According to the minister, the Venezuelan parliament approved a referendum to protect the sovereign territory from the aggression of the US empire, “which wants to involve in a war for natural resources.”
“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reaffirms its commitment to peace, as well as its firm decision to defend its sovereignty and integrity,” Gil stressed. The head of Venezuelan diplomacy added that the US government is once again interfering in the 200-year-old dispute over the territory of Essequibo, and intends to appropriate Venezuelan oil with the help of Exxon Mobil .
“It (Exxon Mobil) has taken over the government of Guyana, which provides oil concessions in the undivided territorial sea, which is a complete violation of international law. It is impossible to unilaterally dispose of the disputed territory, but the government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana persists in its illegal behavior,” he added.
In addition to creating this pretext for war, Venezuela has also accused Guyana of stealing its territory and exploiting resources which it has no right to. We can only hope that if or when Venezuela annexes the Essequibo and attempts to occupy it, they meet with US forces on the ground like they have always dreamed. If not, it will be an easy walk over for the Venezuela military to occupy and take control of the Essequibo.