Western banks reap big money handling the filthy lucre generated by the International trade in cocaine, marijuana, and heroin.
Recently, there has been lots of noise, a couple of arrests, and leaked threats of US prosecutions against Venezuela and prominent Venezuelans. I bring this up (again) not to assert that any particular person who has been or will be accused is innocent (or not). I am concerned that the United States government may very well inflict broad sanctions on Venezuela or even invade Venezuela on a drug war pretext. Venezuela is now going through a very difficult time. It owes a great deal of money to the international one percent, much of it coming due soon, and it may be unable to make the payments on time. On top of that an issue of a major multi billion dollar embezzlement is emerging and this may prove out that a substantial part of that debt is illegitimate and ought not be paid.
It ought to fall to Venezuela and its people to work through these problems.
Recently Henry Ramos Allup, incorrectly christened a democrat, has risen to a place of political power as President of Venezuela’s National Assembly along with a coalition of political parties who oppose the president of the country, Nicolas Maduro.
Ramos Allup played a prominent role in the kidnapping and overthrow of duly elected president Hugo Chavez .
Ramos Allup, quite disrespected by the US Embassy in Caracas, was notorious for being a very unpleasant man who frequently begged the United States government for money.
My point is that Ramos Allup is interested in pleasing the political officers in the US Embassy in Caracas. He would be capable of declaring himself Venezuela's president and requesting US military intervention.
I've added information that I hope exposes the hypocrisy of any US "concern" about real or imagined drug trafficking by Venezuelans.
US Marijuana Legalization Gives International Law The Middle Finger . In fact, even before the marijuana legalization craze began marijuana was the number one cash crop in the United States.
|At an estimated $35.8 billion marijuana is by far the largest cash crop in the United States when compared to the average production values of other crops from 2003 to 2005. (Production values for other crops were obtained from the Department of Agriculture. )|
Table 7. Top Cash Crops in the United States (Average Value 2003 – 2005)