Tal Día Como Hoy en 1967

Francisco Toro:

It’s May 8th. Quick: do you know what happened 47 years ago today?

(Reblogged from 2012)

Originally posted on Caracas Chronicles:

It’s not just a great name for a band: 45 years ago this week, a group of Cuban and Cuban-trained Venezuelan guerrillas actually tried to invade Venezuela by sea through Machurucuto (just east of Higuerote ).

Machurucuto was a kind of through-the-looking-glass Bay of Pigs that went just as badly as the original: when all was said and done, ten guerrilleros lay dead, and Fidel Castro’s first ploy to lay his hand on Venezuela’s oil riches lay in tatters.

But the guy was playing the long game, and the joke’s on us: turns out that one of the guerrilleros involved ended up as speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly.

It’s one of those mostly-forgotten footnotes that adds an extra layer of irony to the irony lasagna that is our contemporary history: the only imperial power that’s ever tried to actually militarily invade Venezuela in the last 100 years isn’t the…

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9 thoughts on “Tal Día Como Hoy en 1967

  1. OT but not so OT: quo vadis with Soto? I really miss the many times we could listen to this Pericles of Chavismo back in 2011. I wonder if officialdom thought we didn’t deserve his oratory or it had something to do with the way
    he sees the Primera Combatiente and her countess relatives now working for the National Assembly.

    I was particularly baffled to see Soto next to Róger Cordero Lara and tell the nation people like María Corina Machado, a teenager in the eighties, were “those who persecuted us”…the concept of Venezuelan qué-bolas definitely trumps the concept of chutzpah.

  2. “What’s beyond outrageous is the way the opposition tries to portray Cuba as interfering in Venezuela’s affairs,” she said. “Cuba has to be respected for its dignity, for the strength of their position confronting the U.S. blockade and aggression.”

    And who is the ‘she’ here? Why it’s the indefatigable Eva Golinger, of course…..

  3. And things like this stayed out of the basic education system, so venezuelans won’t ever know the truth about the commies.
    When this sickening regime is toppled, we have to include these to the history books, so it Venezuela won’t go by another decade of commie dictatorship again.

  4. How many lives and decades were wasted in Latin America in bloody and brutal, low level conflicts due to Cuba trying to spread Che’s vision of armed guerrilla struggle everywhere?

    Without those guerrillas, I don’t think we would have seen as many reactionary dictatorships.

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