Obama in the famous "Summit Meeting." Sometimes he was overcome
by tiredness, he unwillingly shut his eyes but, at times, he
slept with open eyes.
The Cartagena Summit was not a meeting of a trade union of
misinformed presidents, but a meeting among official
representatives of 33 countries of this hemisphere. The
overwhelming majority of them are asking for solutions to the
most pressing economic and social problems that affect the
region with the most unequal distribution of wealth in the
I do not wish to get ahead of the opinions of millions of
persons, capable of making and in-depth and objective analysis
of the problems affecting Latin America, the Caribbean and the
rest of a globalized world, where a few has it all and the rest
has nothing. The system imposed by imperialism in this
hemisphere, whatever its name, is worn out and unsustainable.
In the near future, humanity will have to cope, among others,
with the problems associated to climate change, security and the
production of food for the ever-growing world population.
Excessive rainfall is affecting both Colombia and Venezuela. A
recent analysis revealed that on March this year, high
temperatures in the US were 4.8 Centigrade degrees hotter than
the all-time average. The consequences of those changes, which
are well known in the capitals of the main European countries,
give rise to catastrophic problems for humanity.
People expect political leaders to provide clear answers to
Colombians, whose country hosted the disreputable Summit, are a
hardworking and self-sacrificing people who need, as much as all
others, the cooperation of their Latin American brothers and
sisters who are, in this case, the Venezuelans, Brazilians,
Ecuadorians, Peruvians and others capable of doing what the
Yankees, with their sophisticated weapons, their expansionism
and their insatiable craving for material goods will never do.
The visionary formula stated by Jose' MartÃ is now more necessary
than ever in history: "The trees must form ranks to keep the
giant with seven-league boots from passing! It is the time of
mobilization, of marching together, and we must go forward in
close ranks, like silver in the veins of the Andes."
Far off from the brilliant and lucid ideas of Bolivar and Marti
are the mulled over, sweetened and relentlessly reiterated words
of the illustrious Nobel laureate, expressed during a ridiculous
tour around the Colombian countryside, which I heard yesterday
in the afternoon. They only served to remind us of the Alliance
for Progress' speeches delivered 51 years ago, when the
monstrous crimes that lashed this hemisphere had not been
committed as yet, where our country struggled not only for its
right to independence but also for its right to exist as a
Obama spoke about the distribution of land. He did not specify
how much land would be distributed, when and how.
The Yankee transnationals will never give up their control over
the land, the water, the mines and the natural resources of our
countries. Their soldiers should vacate the military bases;
their troops should be withdrawn from each and every one of our
territories. They should renounce to the unequal exchange and
plundering of our nations.
Perhaps the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
turns into what should be and hemispheric political organization
without the presence of the United States and Canada. Their
decadent and unsustainable empire has already earned the right
to rest in peace.
I think that the images about the Summit should be well
preserved as an example of a disaster.
I leave aside the scandal caused by the misconduct attributed to
the members of the Secret Service responsible for guaranteeing
Obama's personal security. I am under the impression that the
staff entrusted with that task is characterized by its
professionalism. This is what I saw during my visit to the
United Nations, while they were protecting the Heads of States.
They have, no doubt, protected him from those who would not have
hesitated to perpetrate an action against him out of racial
May Obama be able to sleep with eyes shut, if only for a few
hours, without having anyone saddling him with the job of
delivering a speech about the immortality of the crab at an