HAVANA._ Considered by most to defy belief, president Barack Obama´s decision to declare that Venezuela is an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy has brought Latin America even closer together.

Politicians, intellectuals, international agencies, and solidarity groups of the neighboring South American nations, along with their Caribbean and Central American counterparts, consider it a cynical move to justify a possible military intervention in Venezuela.

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, reacted by saying that “this must be some sort of sick joke to remind us of the darkest days of our America, when we were invaded and subjected to imperialist-imposed dictatorships. Do they not understand that Latin America has changed?“

Considered by most to defy belief, president Barack Obama´s decision to declare that Venezuela is an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy has brought Latin America even closer together.Many have questioned how Nobel peace laureate Obama could realistically consider Venezuela a threat, being a nation not in possession of nuclear weapons and which has stated its opposition to their use on countless occasions. Describing this as the most serious declaration ever against the nation, president Nicolás Maduro said that Venezuela had never attacked another country, had never supported invasions or bombardments and was simply engaged in a struggle for independence and sovereignty.

Meanwhile, the Union of South American Nations, Petrocaribe, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries –which Caracas will chair this year– have all expressed their firm rejection of the U.S. declaration.

In an article posted on the web, Argentinian intellectual Atilio Borón considered the recent decree by Obama as yet another maneuver to create the conditions to justify military aggression against the Venezuelan nation, of around 31 million people.

“This type of declaration traditionally precedes military intervention,“ Borón said, adding that it might be carried out by “their own hand“ or „might be a prologue to military operations with the U.S. acting in cohort with its NATO centered European lackeys and regional oil theocracies.“

One of the most renowned U.S. intellectuals, James Petras, believes that his country‘s government is using false and unfounded arguments to classify Venezuela as a threat to national security and foreign policy.

The White House cannot present one iota of proof to justify their continued escalation against the Caracas government, the professor and political scientist said in an article posted on his www.globalresearch.ca website.

The highest expression of solidarity and fraternity in support of Venezuela came eight days after the announcement of the latest U.S. measures at an extraordinary Summit of the 12 member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) in Caracas.

ALBA unanimously requested that Obama withdraw his hostile decree and opens talks with Venezuela as an alternative to conflict and confrontation.

Moreover, the member states offered to establish a group to facilitate peace diplomacy in order to alleviate tensions and oversee an amicable solution between both nations.

The pro-integration block said that Venezuela does not represent a threat, while it is a friendly nation that has demonstrated willingness to cooperate in order to guarantee continental peace and stability.

ALBA, of which Caracas is a member, simultaneously ratified that Latin America and the Caribbean conform a Peace Zone, where nations promote integration and amicable relations as a means to continue guaranteeing the highest possible degrees of well being for their peoples.

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