New Book: Since Obama-Castro Deal, Cuban Presence in Venezuela Has Increased

Sunday, October 25, 2015
With all the recent (justified) concern over reports of Cuban military support for Russia's actions in Syria, it begs the question --

Why isn't Cuba's incontrovertible military presence (and control) in Venezuela similarly unacceptable? 

From Spain's ABC:

U.S.-Cuba Relationship Has Not Diminished Cuban Presence in Venezuela

Journalist Gustavo Azócar published the book "Shoot to Kill" on the ideological indoctrination of the Venezuelan armed forces

The normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has not led to a reduction of Cuba's presence in Venezuela, warns Gustavo Azócar, a Venezuelan journalist who has just published "Shoot to Kill," a book on the ideological indoctrination of the Bolivarian Armed Forces, which among other revelations highlights the degree of Cuban involvement in its "brain washing and ironing," as he describes it. One chapter was advanced to ABC.

Despite what anyone might think about the rapprochement between Havana and Washington, "the fact is that Cuban presence in Venezuela has not declined, but has increased," said Azócar by telephone from Venezuela, where up to ten publishers have refused to publish his book for fear of government reprisals. Given the growing political and economic instability of the Government of Nicolas Maduro argues journalist, it is even more reliant on Cuba to sustain "chavismo." "It can only maintain itself with the support of Cuban intelligence and a military leadership indoctrinated by Cubans," he says.

The information contained in "Shoot to Kill" comes largely from the manuals and study guide used in the Bolivarian Military University of Venezuela. The university was created in 2010, integrating various educational institutions of the armed forces and incorporating some Cuban teachers, "with the aim of accelerating the indoctrination of the Venezuelan military," added Azócar. He says, based on the testimony of students who have graduated from the Military University, that they are told to "be willing to kill anyone who opposes the implementation of the XXI Century Socialism," as Chavez named his political project.

Among the extracts of the documents revealed in the book are those relating to the mission and operation of the Bolivarian Militia, conceived as "an army within the army" and with the goal of reaching one million militants. Manuals claim that members of the militia are prepared to act immediately when they are called into action. In case they are not properly armed, "knives can also be used and any homemade weapons that militants with their wit are able to manufacture and obtain."

Combatants in companies

Chavez has also created a body of combatants embedded in companies to take control if necessary. The texts explain that these "workers in public and private companies serve as a guarantee that they remain functioning amid any adverse situation."

Azócar warns that all of these irregular forces, along with the armed forces, would go to the streets in defense of the political legacy of Chavez if the United Socialist Party of Venezuela loses the legislative elections on Dec. 6. "Maduro has already said that if the government loses the elections, there is a plan to take to the streets to defend the revolution."