Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES — In recent years, a bright future could finally be seen on the horizon for people in the Americas, with leftist governments coming into power in some countries and truly revolutionary ones in others, those who have introduced irrefutable improvements for the poorest and have been examples of just how much can be done for the people.
In Argentina, there were the progressive governments of Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez who took this rich country out of the economic disaster that former neoliberal govenments had run it into. In Brazil, something similar happened with Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva and Dilma Rousseff’s governments, just to give you two examples.
However, the reactionary Right and Imperialism haven’t sat down with their arms crossed, they attacked with all of the power money and the media they own have and they managed to put neoliberalism back in power in Argentina, the same system that had sunk the country into crisis beforehand, although this time with new faces. The result of this on the Argentinian people can be clearly seen. I don’t think I need to go into detail about just how disastrous Mauricio Macri’s government has been.
In other countries, the so-called “soft coup” has been used, which involves using all of the abovementioned power to win a right-wing majority in Congress and then to accuse the uncomfortable president of any crime, even though there isn’t any proof, and then get rid of him or her. That’s what happened in Paraguay with Fernando Lugo and in Brazil with Dilma. In the case of Honduras, it was even more scandalous, as the president was kidnapped in the middle of the night and taken out of the country.
In all of these cases, the consequences for the people have been more hunger, greater unemployment, greater violations of their Human Rights.
Then we have the countries with revolutionary governments such as Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba and Venezuela. Many different methods have been used against them to try and subvert the established order, but they have failed.
In the case of Cuba, we have suffered the economic, trade and financial blockade for almost 60 years, which has been met by the Cuban people’s stoic resistance, who they have tried to make surrender using hunger and disease. President Barack Obama himself recognized the fact that this policy had failed and that it needed to be changed. Some day, reason will win out, and we Cubans will patiently wait for this day to come. Meanwhile, Cuba is an example of resistance and patriotism and it receives the admiration and respect of the entire world.
Venezuela deserves a separate analysis, that’s why I’ve left it to the end. The government has tried to lead a peaceful revolution and it has made great breakthroughs which benefit the people, such as eliminating illiteracy, providing free healthcare to every citizen, building millions of dignified homes for the poor, as well as placing a focus on culture and sports, just to name the most important achievements.
However, this Bolivarian government makes Imperialism and the national oligarchy very uncomfortable, and the opposition haven’t resigned themselves to waiting for the next general elections, to see whether they win them fair and square. It has brought out their true terrorist and fascist nature to provoke a coup or foreign intervention.
The insolent interference from the OAS Secretary General has failed and the only thing they have left in their pocket is to resort to terrorism, murders and a coup d’etat. What future awaits the Venezuelan people if these backward forces take power in this country? It isn’t hard to imagine.
Fascism still lives, it gains new life like weeds who serve the most sinister interests and threatens the future of peoples in the Americas, who need to be on the alert, as they are in more and more danger everyday.