Trump’s Futile Pressure

Besides being disappointed with the orchestrated news report of July 2018–the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune among others–about Trump’s failed efforts to persuade Latin American countries to intervene in the elimination of Venezuela’s Narco State, one cannot help but wonder why now, why are we allowed to know all about this farce at this precise moment, a year after the events occurred and now presented by these reports? What exactly is the point, apart from dismissing and ridiculing Trump’s attempts as naive or hasty, when in reality it should be obvious that the security of the continent is in danger, that there is nothing naive or reckless about an intervention given the current events in South and Central America?

The conflicts and vacillations of Rex Tillerson, H.R. McMaster and Mark Feierstein were swept under the rug and glossed over; the press never questioned them; just as the last president of Colombia, Santos, with his own alliance with the Castros, was not on the radar of the press (It remains to be seen if the new president Ivan Duke makes any difference); or just as the press dismissed: the opposition leaders of Venezuela, who make up the dysfunctional establishment of Venezuela, as corrupt as those in power, they were also ignored.

Who benefits from these abstentions to intervene? Certainly there is no benefit for the 27 million people of Venezuela, who are dying of hunger oppressed by criminal elites while the country is buried in a spiraling hyperinflation never seen in human history.

We live in a world of mirrors. Most politicians seem to be deflecting because, as it is obvious, most conflicts are due to conflicts of individual or partisan interest, not collective ones. But when the goal of avoiding a protracted conflict – already underway for almost 20 years – turns to burying heads into the sand of oblivion, the real naivete is exactly not to intervene. The misguided wisdom of such inactions on the part of the press will return to bite many politicians and journalists in the back when it is too late, when history will take charge of the responsibility to prosecute them as accomplices to a Narco system. The desire for a parallel intervention was recently manifested by the Lima Group, which has now been discredited thanks to these reports that date back to a September 2017 consensus and not to the present one.

The elements of a possible military intervention to extract Nicolás Maduro and henchmen can not be equated with the elimination of Saddam Hussein and the incitement to radical tribal differences. Venezuela and Iraq have different geopolitical dynamics. In fact, Venezuela, a country of mixed races and creeds, could become a promising land of opportunities for all its citizens as well as for any investor interested in developing the multitude of its natural resources. The social confrontations in Venezuela are due to economic and social differences that a regime of criminals would never solve. And if it is allowed to go unchecked, it will infect its contaminating force to all regions of the Americas.

How could it be proven that the US economic sanctions are effective to combat cryptocurrency along with transnational cartel trades and money laundering that gradually undermine the global economy? Can anyone know for sure that the influence of these factors may not be nefariously instrumental in the collapse of the world’s economy as we know it?

We are surrounded by many opinions, plausible statements to entertain us with possibilities, many of them from an imprecise perception, because they are an insincere call to good sense before an increasingly difficult situation for the whole region.

These possibilities remain an expression of hope, expectations that we all share, despite the fact that they have not led to an intervention in the last 19 years of Russian-Cuban interference. If there has been a dilation of that consensus that is sought, among so many European and American countries, between the diplomatic agencies and the various institutions of international security, which have remained immune to the urgency of the case; then it is valid to ask if there really is precision of purpose; if there is authenticity in the motivations; if there is sincerity and resolve.

It could be another two, three years and even longer period of clouding a resolution within excuses after excuses, between timely oratories to every aspect of the crisis, between efforts to organize a coalition with the sole purpose of organizing without any effective result, organizing for the sake of organizing, with a respectful indolence, with frank indifference to the rubble of a society in ruins, a hungry nation, prey to the ignominy of extermination, while the countries of America and Europe entertain themselves with doubts and adorned hesitation.

We all know that Marco Rubio’s statement to Univision September 2, 2018 was not honest, as to whether a year ago the Venezuelan government would have been “distinctly different” from the current narco-criminal state. In just one year, a putative government did not metamorphose into a transnational criminal state.

What is “distinctly different” today is the emerging migrant masses as a result of the violation of the human rights of a criminal state, as well as hyperinflation, which exceeds more than one million percent, thus forcing a great exodus in less than two years never seen in South America with a million and a half people escaping to survive the famine and the gradual decline of their lives: a process that began more than a decade ago with an emigration that has risen to 5 million people or over 10 percent of the population of Venezuela.

What was different a year ago was the lack of scrutiny on the security of the continent, ignored by many countries pending the US investigation into Russia, which has been evaded due to the possible collusion of the very president of the United States of America.

The events themselves are forging the truth which is impelled in a process of intrinsic necessity about a reality about to roll the heads of politicians and criminals alike.

The origin of the metastasis of the electoral movement of 21st century socialism in Hispanic and Latin countries lies in the mistaken conception of egalitarianism to which those with a lack of resources and low social mobility aspire.

Hence, we see the vast majority of followers of the political party “Podemos” in Spain, just as those followers of the new socialist president of Mexico, López Obrador, the reduced legacy of Correa in Ecuador, and the persistent support to Evo Morales in Bolivia: the millennials, who are indolent generations looking for a paternalistic government at the expense of an autocratic or criminal regime, that which will finally steals their own liberties to stay in power. Just see the good example provided by Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Cubans, or what Chileans had to endure to reach sobriety.

The difference is that the generations of the new millennial do not know or understand the meaning of loosing collective liberties until they live it in their own flesh. The stubbornness of the rebel consists in not recognizing his/her own restrictions and that’s why he/she stubbornly protests inequalities, believing that the key to happiness results from envy while he/she can steal from his/her neighbors the fruit of their efforts, instead of being educated or laboring with honesty.

These young generations want to be rich reality stars regardless of their merits. Their notoriety lays in the falsity of egalitarian narratives. They sustain and open the doors to the mercenary crusades of rogue states of the world: Those who want to align their interest in global geopolitics for the purpose of strengthening their subsistence, through the hegemony of rampant crime and exploitation of common goods.

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