BY JORGE LANDIVAR ROCA
Nowadays, seeing Venezuelan helicopters flying around Bolivian skies, or seeing the Venezuelan ambassador and his Cuban colleague actively taking part in official events is not surprising at all. However, these are unprecedented facts in Bolivian history and verify the intrusion of Venezuela and Cuba in the internal affairs of the country.
Senators asked the Chancellor explanations about such abusive interventions and why such challenge to national sovereignty is allowed in the name of cooperation. It is not acceptable that ideological coincidence and extreme poverty constitute an excuse to agree with actions that break legal precepts.
The close relationship between Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales has brought down the diplomatic limits of international support. Venezuelan intelligence agents, a copycat of Cuban intelligence agents, are in charge giving advice in areas that range from mass communication to state safety and are present in the majority of official public events, wearing ski masks.
It is evident that the Venezuelan head of state uses all the oil profits to buy wills and cause instability in many Latinamerican countries, with the only purpose of building up a socialist bastion of radical cut – a project he has baptized as ‘Bolivarian Revolution.’
Beyond the fact that Hugo Chavez has all the necessary cash resources to promote his personal agenda, it is also important to remember that Venezuela took active part, technically and economically, in the nationalization of Bolivian gas and in the negotiations of the contracts with foreign companies.
In his revolutionary adventure to conquer South America, Hugo Chavez turned Bolivia into his base of operations, from where he can easily influence the entire Andean region. To reach his goal, he counts with Evo Morales’s support as well as the adhesion of other beneficiary governments.
Several hundreds of millions of dollars conveniently distributed were able to achieve this “miracle”, even more so when this generous aid promises to demolish any nationalist suspicion.
In Bolivia, it is only necessary to prepare the needy and to seduce the radical groups; those active minorities that encouraged by “indigenism” have already enlisted in Chavez side. This explains the presence of Cuban doctors and educators who in fact are nothing but propaganda supporters.
The truth is that the Bolivian president has promised his help to Hugo Chavez building up the ‘twenty first century socialism’, an adventure targeted to the redemption of radical Marxism in the Americas. It is really nothing but a populist attempt sponsored by Chavez’s “long arm” and Castro’s shadow. This is a project brought out of a time tunnel and one which has found in Bolivia a radical component with strong totalitarian ingredients.
President Chavez’s intrusion in the internal affairs of the country is considered raving interventionism and a flagrant attack to national sovereignty. It has even managed to damage Evo Morales’s popularity, as Bolivians watch with growing disgust how Chavez has adopted the role of Evo Morales’s tutor and guardian and how he “exhibits” him as a sort of “godson”.
The situation gets even worse when during official events of the Bolivian government, Chavez takes the opportunity to verbally attack Bolivian congressmen and politicians of the opposition parties. This is not only an impolite and shameless attack to democracy but a display of total disrespect to the Bolivian Constitution, a situation that has greatly faded away the image of the Bolivian president in a country with deeply rooted nationalism.
Jorge Landivar Roca has been State Minister, National Representative, and Senator of the Bolivian Republic. He is currently a political analyst and columnist of several newspapers in Bolivia. This article was originally published by the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER). Republished with permission.