By Carlos Alberto Montaner
The axiom was confirmed again: “Thieves steal in every opportunity that arises, even if the victims are very poor.”
The party was in Caracas from July 25 to 27. It cost the hosts, in round numbers, 19 million dollars, of which, as usual, they stole half. It is not a small amount of money for a nation in which 82% of its population starve to death.
According to Diosdado Cabello, 700 guests attended. According to Nelson Bocaranda, only 150 arrived. The rest was “filler.” He said it in his legendary Runrunes. Probably Bocaranda is right. He is very well-informed. Maduro and his regime are bad words. No honorable person wants to be associated with that bunch of undesirable people.
What do groups like the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) of Panama do in the Sao Paulo Forum (FSP)? The PRD is now led by politician and businessman Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo, who has just won his country’s elections with a moderate speech.
What do three of the biggest Dominican parties do in the Sao Paulo Forum (FSP) -- the Dominican Liberation Party of Danilo Medina and Leonel Fernández (PLD), the Dominican Revolutionary Party of Miguel Vargas, and its offspring, the Modern Revolutionary Party, led by Luis Abinader and Hipólito Mejía, a true anti-communist?
Why Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno does not go with his business somewhere else in order to break once and for all the ominous relations between the Alianza País (Country Alliance) Movement and the FSP, a relation forged under the government of Rafael Correa, today a fugitive from justice accused of corruption?
The list of parties affiliated to the FSP is a monument to irresponsibility. How is it possible that the Chilean socialists continue to be part of that spawn after the report by Michelle Bachelet, who is today the head of the UN Department of Human Rights?
Why Tabaré Vázquez allows Uruguay’s Broad Front to continue giving his support to Maduro and his gang, when former President Pepe Mujica admits that “Maduro is crazy like a goat,” and that OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro is not at the service of the CIA, but instead he is a lawyer really committed to the law?
How can we believe that Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) respect human rights, when his party dances in the carnival hosted by Maduro, and the first thing AMLO did when he arrived in Los Pinos was to take Mexico out of the Lima Group, created to pressure the Chavista regime?
It is consistent that the FARC narcoterrorists, the Farabundo Martí movement, Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista Front, Evo Morales’ Movement to Socialism, Maduro’s PSUV, all under the implacable baton of Cuban Miguel Díaz-Canel, are present in the FSP. But what are parties and movements that assert to be really democratic doing in the FSP? That doesn’t make any sense.
It is not true that the FSP is a Cold War institution. It is a Post-Cold War Anti-American International organization. Fidel Castro, with the help of Lula da Silva, created it in a hurry to continue the Cold War after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). And he created it precisely to continue the battle just when Moscow threw in the towel. The task of that enlightened fanatic was to collect the debris left by the USSR in Latin America and continue fighting “until victory always.”
Victory against who? To understand the FSP, we must know Fidel Castro’s hatred against the United States and read his 1958 letter to his friend and lover Celia Sánchez, when he was still a guerrilla in the Sierra Maestra, in which he declared that his destiny was fighting eternally against the Yankees.
Is that really what FSP affiliates want? To consume themselves in a sterile and useless battle against the United States? Jean-François Revel said that “anti-Yankeeism is the ideology of fools.” He was right. Carlos Alberto Montaner is a journalist and writer. Born in 1943 in Cuba and exiled, Montaner is known for his more than 25 books and thousands of articles. PODER magazine estimates that more than six million readers have access to his weekly columns throughout Latin America. He is also a political analyst for CNN en Espanol. In 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named Montaner as one of the fifty most influential intellectuals in the Ibero-American world. His latest novel is A Time for Scoundrels. His latest essay is "The President: A Handbook for Voters and the Elected." His latest book is a review of Las raíces torcidas de América Latina (The Twisted Roots of Latin America), published by Planeta and available in Amazon, in printed or digital version.