Venezuelans on Chavez and the Non-Aligned Movement
A passage from another powerful op-ed in Venezuela’s El Universal, this time by Adolfo Taylhardat (in another hopefully competent translation by your humble correspondent from the salsa jurisdiction):
To avoid being left without a reason for being, the Non-Aligned Movement opted to assume the role once played by the Soviet Union and China, and now dedicates itself to quarreling with the United States. Some of its most militant members, Cuba and Venezuela among others, are particularly vehement and indeed use language even more aggressive, disrespectful, and insolent than that which the USSR and China used at the height of the Cold War. Now a new kind of cold war pits the South against the North, a war in which the Non-Aligned Movement is aligned against the United States and the only truly non-aligned countries are Russia and China, which maintain equidistance between South and North. In its insistence on rejecting unipolarity, the Non-Aligned Movement is creating a new form of bipolarity worse than that which existed during the Cold War.
As reflected by the outcome document of the summit in Havana, with Cuba as president, openly supported by Hugo Chavez, the Non-Aligned Movement will reach unprecedented heights of radicalism in its anti-imperialism, anti-liberalism, and anti-globalizationism, which is to say, anti-Americanism, and it will will wind up losing what little prestige it has left.