On February 4, 1992, it was a military civic action, against a government that was as complacent about Imperialism as Carlos Andrés Pérez was, which shook the seeds of Venezuelan society and history. That violent action surprised both people and strangers; his future submerged for hours, in absolute silence, a whole town and the Armed Forces themselves; classified in the plural since the time of Medina Angarita. The whole country did not leave his amazement, many could not believe it.
The great majority of the people, did not know who was the leader of that movement. When Hugo Chávez appeared on television screens and his famous "Por ahora", announcing his military defeat, but which would later become a political triumph; this gesture, only to assume its responsibility captivated and magnetized the feeling of the people of Venezuela.
"Comrades, unfortunately, for now, the goals we set ourselves were not achieved in the capital city, that is, we here in Caracas, we did not manage to control the power, you did very well over there, but it is time to avoid more spill Now it is time to reflect and new situations will come and the country has to steer definitively towards a better destiny, so listen to my word, hear Commander Chávez who sends you this message so that, please, reflect and lay down your arms Because, in fact, the objectives that we have set ourselves at a national level, it is impossible for us to achieve them Comrades, listen to this solidarity message I thank you for your loyalty, I thank you for your courage, your detachment, and I, before the country and You, I take responsibility for this Bolivarian Military Movement, thank you very much. "
On February 4, it represented the rupture with the capitalist system and opens the door to the socialist system. Adapted to Venezuelan reality, it is not about copying any model: not Cuban, Chinese, Vietnamese or North Korean, etc.
Simon Rodriguez said, or invent or shoe. I would say that the invention of our socialism has to start from Venezuelan peculiarities and peculiarities, from our historical roots, idiosyncrasies, economic structures, etc. We can not fit in any model, because the copy of other countries has always failed, but if we are going to assimilate critically the best that the other models have. We are not going to mechanically apply any model. Socialism is not decreed, it is a process of development.
The Venezuelan military during the dictatorships was seen by the people as a privileged class, which sometimes instilled respect, hatred, fear and even anger depending on the circumstances. They were also seen as parasites of the society that lived on the public treasury, always training in the barracks for an alleged war. The military was military and nothing more. Subsequently the military came prepared in all fields: military, intellectual, professional, etc. There are military people who have several professions and who dominate many languages.
After the dictatorship of Pérez Jiménez fell and the pseudo democracy came, the military man remained distant from the town, always separated from civilians. They were instilled in the barracks by contempt for the civilian world, to such an extent that the greatest offense for a soldier was to identify him with a civilian. This situation continued throughout the pseudo-democratic period.
The governments of Presidents Betancourt, Leoni, Caldera, Lusinchi, Luis Herrera and Carlos Andrés Pérez; They used the military to repress the people. Proof of this is the caracazo (February 27, 1989), where the army of Carlos Andrés Pérez murdered more than five thousand people.
When the adecos arrived to power, after the dictatorship of Marco Pérez Jiménez, they incorporated and promoted all the military adecos and others who opposed the regime. These military constituted a privileged and corrupt dome. The promotions are granted for political convenience and even the lovers of the presidents had interference in them.
During the V Republic and with the rise of Chávez to power, the panorama of the Armed Forces changed completely. It has been given the true value and merits that they deserve. It was humanized and civilized, in such a way that the people see with admiration and sympathy the uniformed.
Chávez managed to break the barrier that existed between the civil and military world, incorporating the latter in social work of public interest.
The Plan Bolívar 2000, Plan Robinsón, Misión Ribas, Mission Sucre, Barrio Adentro, Barrio Nuevo Tricolor neighborhood, the Mercal, the fight against the economic war, the hoarding, the contraband etc. They are an example of this. Through these plans, the military identifies with the people and helps him in the different tasks he has to develop. This was achieved, thanks to the civilian and military status of the Head of State.
In previous governments the military was prepared only for war. Today it is also prepared for peace, to fight hunger and misery and to help the people out of poverty.
The military man has earned a preferential position in the heart of the Venezuelan people, and he is granted different positions in the government, taking into account his capacity, professional and intellectual preparation. This is how we see them in numerous positions in the public administration.
Formerly the preparation and capacity of the military was despised. Today no.
On the other hand the military retired and was adrift, without having anything to do, was unemployed. Today he is taken into account and his experience is used.
Many of those who criticized Chavez, and said he was militarizing the country, are the same ones who used the Armed Forces for repressive, political and even personal purposes. This will not happen again, because the Armed Forces are aware of the role they have to play at the present time.
The attacks that were permanently received by the Supreme Commander Hugo Chávez, in life, and the one now received by Comrade Deosdado Cabello, on behalf of Imperialism and its lackeys, who do not hesitate to use traitors or infiltrators such as Leamsy Salazar, who sell their conscience and dignity, if he had one, for a handful of dollars; they are not personal attacks, not gratuitous, but attacks against the people, the revolutionary government, their armed forces and democratic institutions. They have always tried to muddy one of their protagonists with slander and infamy, like Comrade Deosdado Cabello. In addition, a new campaign of discrediting against the Armed Forces is under way. The response to this vile slander and attacks is a unanimous rejection by the Venezuelan people, government and institutions.
Yankee imperialism and its lackeys are still determined to overthrow the Bolivarian revolution. They have used all methods and have failed. Again seek an extra constitutional exit, using a criminal economic war against the people to justify a foreign intervention or a military coup, similar to the one given in Chile Salvador Allende, following the same plan and libretto. They are busily searching for another Pinochet in the Armed Forces for the same purpose. But what they do not know is that our Armed Forces are nationalists, heirs to the emancipatory struggles our liberators fought. They crossed our borders, not to conquer peoples but to liberate them.
Another of the aberrations of Imperialism, represented in the person of US Vice President Joe Biden, who went to meet in Washington with the governments of the Caribbean to intimidate them, not to continue with Venezuela, because his government would be overthrown and that Petrocaribe would disappear. A confession of part relieving of evidence, the lawyers would say.
Now the Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, goes through several Latin American countries and announces more aggressions against Venezuela and calls the Armed Forces to give a blow to President Nicolás Maduro, democratically elected by the Venezuelan people. His interventionist and coupist attitude received a strong response from our glorious Armed Forces, through a statement, rejecting that rude attitude and declaring at the same time that our Armed Forces are Constitutionalist.
 

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