By Manu Pineda, Cuba Debate –
Translated by EC Tolentino for FRN
With the ex-CIA director now in charge of US foreign policy, the United States continues to consider Latin America its backyard, and its audacity is such that Tillerson, the previous Secretary of State, said in a conference at the University of Texas: “Latin America does not need new imperial powers”, believing without a doubt that the US’ imperial power is more than enough.
According to Gregorio Selser, the United States has invaded Nicaragua countless times; it has illegally and immorally financed a counter revolution, which was ruled even by US courts and condemned by the International Justice Court which declared Washington guilty of blocking ports and financing a bloody war to sabotage the Sandinista government during the 1980’s. This is because the interests and geopolitical plans of the United States are ambitious and criminal and show no signs of respect to peoples and international law, and therefore follow a script that repeats itself only in those Latin American countries with progressive presidents.
Over the last decade, Washington and its local agents have perpetrated soft coup d’etats in Honduras, Brazil and Paraguay, and have attempted without success to break the constitutional order in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela. This has always been done to countries with leftist presidents.
To achieve this, they have used two different scripts. In countries where they possess high levels of influence within military institutions, the parliament and judicial powers, they have ousted the president (in presidential systems). In countries like Venezuela and now Nicaragua, where the empire clashes with respectable armed forces and state institutions with high levels of patriotism, they are forced to organize destabilizing and ultra-violent protests.
US imperialism has transformed its strategies for coups and interventions, as we have witnessed in Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Venezuela and now in Nicaragua. It utilizes manipulation and lies that are multiplied through social media. In its assault against Nicaragua, it has cynically and shamefully used pictures of corpses from other parts of the world like Palestine, Honduras or even Mexico in order to blame the Nicaraguan government. At the same time, Washington’s dishonest propaganda machine supposedly denounces the brutal repression by government forces of “peaceful and unarmed protesters”, accusations that are then repeated by mercenary organizations, so-called “defenders of human rights”, created ad hoc and with dirty money by US secret security forces.
Accustomed to violence and confident in the complicity of the local bourgeoisie of Latin America, accomplished masters of interference in other countries, dedicated sponsors of military governments that have ravished the continent spreading nothing but death, the government of the United States still does not recognize the sovereignty of its neighbors and wants to impose its hegemony at all costs.
The Nicaraguan government, which has continually called on all sectors in Nicaragua to participate in a roundtable of dialogue – including even the violent groups and coup perpetrators – is advocating for mediation with opposition sectors and has accepted admitting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR – which is hostile to the Sandinista government), conceding also to having international investigators proposed by the IACHR determine the responsibilities of the deaths caused during protests.
Interesting enough is the fact that after reaching the last agreement which guaranteed the impartiality of the investigators, the opposition groups withdrew from the dialogue and called for a coup d’etat.
It is obvious that we are witnessing a new form of intervention sponsored by the Trump administration, a new “color revolution” aimed at justifying a new wave of sanctions against a government that does not dance to the tunes of Washington and whose destabilization and consequent chaos could justify a new “humanitarian intervention” geared towards overthrowing the Nicaraguan government.
In light of this situation, we must urgently raise our voices against US intervention and pressingly mobilize for peoples’ rights to peace, democracy, and sovereignty. It is imperative that workers, political and social organizations in Europe mobilize to defend peoples’ rights to sovereignty, in this case for a country with a small territory but immense dignity.
Nicaragua has earned with great sacrifice the right to not have the United States meddle in its affairs, to be a country free from imperialist mortgages, and to not have anyone intervene in its internal affairs. It also possesses sufficient strength and dignity to resolve its crisis within a democratic framework and the legitimacy to freely chose its own path towards peace.