The current Marxist wave in Latin America achieved its greatest triumph so far in June, when Colombia elected a former terrorist as president. This onslaught, long in progress, threatens the national security of the United States and reaches its height at the worst possible time – at a time when there is no leadership in Washington.
Gustavo Petro, former guerrilla of the M-group and controversial former mayor of Bogotá, will now lead the important regional ally of the United States, after a narrow victory – he won 50,48% of votes – on the populist candidate Rodolfo Hernandez in 19 of June.
Petro promised to “democratize” unproductive private land – a Newspeak euphemism for land grabbing –, redistribute private pensions and preventing new licenses for oil and gas production (he knows that environmental extremism is another way to attack capitalism). He claims that he will not fully expropriate the land, but that his government will raise taxes on properties it deems unproductive and that if the owner cannot pay, he will have to hand them over to the government.
Communists understand perfectly what Petro stands for. The Marxist website “In Defense of Marxism” called Petro’s victory “a turning point in the class struggle in a country in which the capitalist oligarchy has always played the role of executioner with impunity”.
In Caracas, Nicolás Maduro, whose Marxist dictatorship ruined Venezuela, rightly announced that a “new era” is beginning in the neighboring country. The same was said by former British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose tenure in his party’s leadership was tainted by anti-Semitism. “Incredible news from Colombia, with the election of a socialist president, who has shown the power of community organizing,” Corbyn tweeted.
Colombia, they all understand, is now finally within the orbit revolutionary, ready to become an ally of China, Russia, Iran, Cuba and all other enemies of the United States.
Maduro and his bosses in Havana have a right to celebrate. His predecessor, Hugo Chávez, mentored Petro, who brought him to Bogotá in 1994, five years before his election in Venezuela. Petro was then a parliamentarian, after his narco-terrorist group M-48 dissolved and received amnesty in 1990.
Colombia’s Marxist-terrorist-drug trafficker complex became a crucial ally of Chávez and later of Maduro, after Chávez’s death in 2013. As the investigative journalism organization Insight Crime points out, Colombian cartels send “cocaine through Venezuela to the American and European markets, while the smuggling of fuel in Venezuela has accelerated in the opposite direction”. Petro is also a respected member of the Foro de São Paulo, a Marxist group of governments and non-state actors, which collaborates as a coordinating link.
The government of Iván Duque, which is coming to the end in Colombia, obviously suffered from Venezuela’s interference in the country’s affairs. When President Donald Trump offered support to Maduro’s opponent Juan Guaidó in 2019, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador, allies of the United States, supported this position. Maduro has promised revenge, generating instability in neighboring countries.
“We are heading for a Bolivarian hurricane,” said threateningly Diosdado Cabello, an ally of Maduro in the National Assembly of Venezuela, in October 2019. “He cannot be stopped by absolutely anyone. What’s happening in Peru, what’s happening in Chile, what’s happening in Argentina, what’s happening in Honduras, Ecuador is just a breeze. A hurricane is coming. It is absolutely impossible for Colombia to remain as it is. It is absolutely impossible for Brazil to continue as it is. There is no alternative.”
Five presidents have already fallen, and all in the same way: some fact creates a spark for demonstrations to take over the country, all coordinated by social networks. The American researcher Doug Farrah described that, in 2019, “it was not just discontent with growing inequality that promoted social tension in Chile . An aggravating factor was the use of social media, specifically Twitter, where accounts outside of Chile fanned the flames of discontent.”
By analyzing 4.8 million posts from 639 a thousand Twitter accounts favorable to the protests in Chile during the height of the demonstrations, Farah discovered that most of these profiles were not of Chileans, but of Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Cubans. On the other hand, the vast majority of tweets against the protests were from Chileans.
In the case of Colombia, the demonstrations took place in 2021 and followed the same pattern. . Huge protests generated instability that benefited Petro at the polls. He is now ready to pay the debt. Less than 72 hours after the election, he announced that he will restore relations with Maduro and reopen the border with Venezuela.
This issue is fundamental for the United States. Colombia is the most important American ally in Latin America. The country that receives the most security assistance from the United States in the hemisphere, Colombia has welcomed more than 2 million Venezuelan immigrants fleeing the neighboring socialist dictatorship, alleviating the impact on the South American border. The Andean nation has twice the population of Venezuela and unique access to Central America and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Unlike Ronald Reagan, who helped democracies in Latin America when they were threatened by communists, Joe Biden is unlikely to do anything. He is indebted to groups like Black Lives Matter, whose members support Maduro and attend meetings at the São Paulo Forum.
All of this represents another global challenge at the worst possible time.
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