NLF; National Liberation Fronts: 1960/1970

By Robert Shanab Elias Abu; Donald C. Hodges | Go to book overview

CHAPTER THREE
From the Short to the Long War* Venezuelan National Liberation Front (FLN)

The Influence of the Cuban Revolution

It is undeniable that the Liberation Movement in Venezuela has been influenced in great measure by the Cuban Revolution. It is, moreover, a logical thing, since the Cuban episode--with its characteristics and its ramifications--has served as a stimulus and impulse to all the nationalist and patriotic movements of the continent. Two fundamental matters cannot be forgotten: a) the Cuban Revolution demonstrated the possibilities that the patriots have today of seizing and keeping power; b) the Cuban Revolution ended the myth of the impossibility of an authentic revolution in Latin America, being so close to the United States and so far away from the socialist world.

In Venezuela, then, as in the rest of the continent, the Cuban Revolution had to turn into an example and a powerful influence for the revolutionaries.


North American Imperialism Has Learned

Nevertheless, in the same way that the countries on the continent and, mainly, their revolutionary vanguards have learned from this great historical event and have been themselves inspired by it, the enemy also has objectively appraised its significance and has been able to draw educational conclusions. North American imperialism, undeniably, has learned from the Cuban Revolution. And just as it possesses structures and organizations with experience in repression and violence, just as it is in advantageous positions everywhere, it has not waited in order to put into practice a counteroffensive such as the continent has never before known. And that can be

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Mimeographed document dated February, 1966, translated by Donald C. Hodges and Margarita Lejarze.

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