By Ben Norton
Grayzone — A major right-wing opposition leader in Venezuela has acknowledged that her country “is not a dictatorship,” calling it a “huge error” to claim otherwise. She also conceded that the only way the government in Caracas can realistically be toppled is through international “humanitarian intervention.”
Maria Corina Machado has a close relationship to the US government, which has funded her opposition work. She has campaigned for years to overthrow Venezuela’s leftist government, and was identified as one of the four main leaders of the US-led coup attempt initiated on January 23.
But Machado has criticized other opposition figures for characterizing the government of elected President Nicolás Maduro as a “dictatorship.”
“It is not a dictatorship,” Machado insisted in an interview on Argentina’s corporate cable network A24. “And treating it as a dictatorship is a huge error. And that is why it [the coup attempt] has failed.”
“In Venezuela, there is an unconventional war,” she added. “Just because some people do not want to recognize this does not mean it is not the truth.”
When A24 host Rolando Graña tried to compare…