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OUR REGION NEEDS STATESMEN RATHER THAN POLITICIANS TO LEAD IT.



A sine qua non condition for Latin American and Caribbean peoples to achieve the standard of living they deserve is that their countries enjoy political stability that allows their economies to develop.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Our societies are intermittently shaken by social upheavals such as: coups d'état, insurrections, dictatorships, civil wars, etc.

Behind these episodes have been constantly gravitating the economic and political interests of powers foreign to our subcontinent.

The OAS, which, according to its principles, should have been the ideal body to prevent this and regulate relations between nations, has behaved contrary to this, precipitating our region into the political anarchy it is experiencing today.

See the provisions of the Charter of the Organization:

Article 3. e) "Every State has the right to choose, without outside interference, its political, economic and social system, and to organize itself in the manner best suited to it, and has the duty not to intervene in the affairs of another State."

Article 19: No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, and for any reason whatsoever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. The foregoing principle excludes not only armed force, but also any other form of interference or tendency to infringe upon the personality of the State, and upon the political, economic and cultural elements which constitute it.

Article 20: No State may apply or encourage coercive measures of an economic and political nature to coerce the sovereign will of another State and obtain from it advantages of any nature whatsoever.

All of the above has been a dead letter for the U.S. government and its allies. For example, with Venezuela, which for more than five years has been the victim of countless aggressions of all kinds, including "coercive measures of an economic and political nature to force the sovereign will", carried out with impunity and impudence, no sanctions or condemnation have been established for the aggressor countries, which at the very least should have been excluded from the organization for contravening its principles.

The same hypocrisy can be seen in the treatment of coups d'état, whether military, legal or legislative, applying only the sanction of suspension of the country where the coup is committed until "DEMOCRACY IS NORMALIZED" with "convenient" elections, thus getting rid of "uncomfortable" governments for NATO, which are then replaced by "friendly" governments, as happened in Honduras, Paraguay, Brazil, etc.

This situation continues to be possible because some leaders still profess the political theories that were imposed after 1945, which held that, given the immense power of the United States and the fear of reprisals, in order to gain and maintain power it was necessary to march to the rhythm imposed by the United States, a behavior that has stopped any attempt at sovereign development and that its current continuity has nothing to do with the present, and that reminds us of the trembling behavior of the lion in the movie "The Wizard of Oz".

In fact, if by 1945 the United States was already the world's leading power in all respects, with more than 150 million inhabitants, most of them urban and literate, and the rest of America had a similar number of inhabitants, the vast majority of whom were rural illiterates, today that situation has changed. We have more than 650 million inhabitants (more than double the American population), the vast majority urban and literate, to say the least, and a territory of more than twenty million square kilometers, impossible to be occupied by any world power or group of them.

In other words, the terror-based excuse used in the past to justify the lack of action in favor of genuine development for our peoples is no longer valid.

This does not imply assuming a belligerent attitude against the NATO powers, which would lead to nothing, but simply taking joint sovereign political and economic actions to achieve the well-being that our peoples demand.


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