Summit without despots

Pedro Corzo
Peter Corzo

The Summits of the Americas are meetings of heads of state and government that, like other multilateral meetings of an international nature, very rarely transcend the days that they last, because they continue to be a pastime for more than one of the participants.

However, these shows, despite their few tangible results in favor of the people, are very relevant today because it is the most appropriate scenario for a president – most of the time the organizers have few concerns about the legitimacy of power that their guests hold, as the writer José Antonio Albertini recently commented, send their governed a message that they have authority and respect among their peers.Those who have been lucky enough not to suffer from a dictatorship are unaware of the frustration it causes among its opponents, that the autocrat who represses them, is received abroad with praise and tributes, or interviewed by international journalists who ask buffoons instead to address the tragedy of the country they represent.

The participation in the past of despots such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, and currently the presence of subjects of the cut of Nicolás Maduro, Evo Morales, Daniel Ortega or any other of the extinct fossil reptiles, in these contests, causes a strong discouragement among the oppressed, particularly among those in political prison.

President Obama will never be able to imagine the impression his handshake with the executioner Raúl Castro caused among the Cuban political prisoners, which for the US president was a gesture of political realism in the best style of German Foreign Minister Willy Brandt, for those who were behind bars on the Island was to sharpen the ax of the executioner who violated his rights.

We all know that the First Summit was held in Miami, but perhaps we all have not read that the text of the declaration of that meeting states: “The elected Heads of State and Government of the Americas are committed to promoting prosperity, values and democratic institutions and the security of our Hemisphere”, a concept that unfortunately is not met by many presidents who unfortunately share in these events with figures who were not democratically elected.

Incomprehensibly, the Cuban totalitarian regime has always been a point of discussion in all the Summits held in the hemisphere, since there has never been a lack of Latin American leaders who advocate in favor of the participation of the most opprobrious government that the continent has suffered, including the colonial era.

The management of the Mexican president, Manuel López Obrador in favor of Castroism should not surprise us, the Cuban regime has always allied itself with the less scrupulous Mexican rulers, as we are reminded by the massive reception that the Castro brothers staged in 1975 in honor of the Aztec president Luis Echeverria Alvarez. The person responsible for the massacre in the Plaza de Tlatelolco was received in Cuba by the “righteous Fidel” at full drum, both were twinned by the blood of students from Cuba and Mexico.

López Obrador, “El Peje”, as his countrymen call him, is an anti-system, a character similar to the Colombian Gustavo Petro, who uses the mechanisms of democracy to gain power and then denatures it to perpetuate himself in it, a practice that it has been spreading dangerously throughout the hemisphere.

The Summits, despite their unproductiveness, should not be abolished; on the contrary, they should be strengthened by fully complying with the charter of the Organization of American States, which establishes that “Representative democracy is essential for stability, peace, and development in the region. Democracy is the only political system that guarantees respect for human rights and the rule of law; at the same time, it safeguards cultural diversity, pluralism, respect for the rights of minorities and peace within and among nations. Democracy is based, among other fundamental principles, on free and transparent elections, and includes the right of all citizens to participate in government. Democracy and development are mutually reinforcing”.

Enough of hypocrisy. Surely you can’t get along with God and the Devil, that political correctness inevitably curtails our rights.

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