Whereas, it's illegal under U.S., and international, law and the United Nations (UN) Charter to launch a military attack against another nation - unless attacked; similarly it's illegal to threaten attack or use of force against another nation, and
Whereas, the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations and legislative members have been conniving to overthrow Venezuelan Presidents Hugo Chaves and Nicolas Maduro's governments, to roll back the Bolivarian Revolution which radically reduced poverty, increased literacy, improved housing, redistributed land (acclaimed by the UN) and nationalized oil production producing governmental revenues. But the US redoubled its efforts to overturn their revolution and the Trump administration is threatening to intervene militarily supporting regime change, and
Whereas, illegal sanctions have killed at least 40,000 Venezuelans since 2017.
Therefore Be It Resolved VFP urges members work both nationally and internationally to prevent a bloody civil war from killing/injuring the Venezuelan people and other South American peoples and to restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of Venezuela and other nations,
Be It Further Resolved VFP urges U.S. military leaders inform President Trump that they will order their units to stand down from preparations to illegally invade Venezuela and VFP urges soldiers only obey, as is their duty, legal/Constitutional orders,
Be It Further Resolved members are urged to contact political representatives, write letters to the editors and protest in the streets resisting more destruction of self-determination, democracy and human rights in this hemisphere and the world, and
Be It Finally Resolved America must obey the "rule of law" and cease and desist attempting to overthrow the elected government of Venezuela and Congress must so direct the executive branch.
Submitted by Buzz Davis, VFP Chapter 13
Cosponsored by Daniel Kovalik, VFP Associate Member
Resolution Note To The Board: The above contains ideas and wording from "The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil" By Dan Kovalik and the VFP Position Statements on Veterans Call on U.S. Troops to Resist Illegal Orders to Invade Venezuela and Veterans Call to Resist U.S. Coup in Venezuela
Board Supports Resolution
Convention Vote: Passed
Approved unanimously by membership at business meeting.