DICTATORIAL STRATEGY; TO RESIST, DESTABILIZE, POLITICIZE, AND NEGOTIATE
Carlos Sánchez Berzain*
In the fight of democracy to end organized crime’s dictatorships in the Americas, these dictatorships are in crisis, but are not defeated. They have been identified as regimes who; violate human rights, do not have rule of law, do not have separation and independence in the branches of government, are narco-states, and are originators of misery. These are the Castroist Chavist dictatorships in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia that in order to remain in power they all apply a uniform strategy; to resist, destabilize democracies, politicize their situation, and negotiate.
The strategic and operational headquarters is the Cuban dictatorship who, after 60 years of retaining power through violence, violating human rights, and the practice of organized crime turned into a method for social and political control, has expanded these practices -applied by Cuban personnel- to Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia.
The criminal acts to retain power in the four Castroist Chavist’s countries, are perpetrated by Cuban services and are openly coordinated by the “Forum of Sao Paolo” that met in Havana in July of 2018 and whose conclusions are public as part of their propaganda. Now, they prepare another meeting of the “Forum of Sao Paolo” in Venezuela slated for the 25th through the 28th of this month, to fine-tune the mechanisms of their Transnational Organized Crime’s system and continue disguising them as “politics”.
The strategy to perpetuate the dictatorships from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia and eventually expand them, is as simple as it is sinister:
1- To resist -at any cost- in the absolute control of power, applying Castroist methods that have worked in Cuba for 60 years. Repression, corruption, torture, jailing, criminalize political involvement, misuse of the judicial branch to repress, control of the press, assassinate citizens’ reputations, infiltrate into and organize a functional political opposition, and much more. These are corroborated by the many existing political prisoners and exiles, and the crime that is perpetrated on a daily basis.
2- To destabilize democracies through the promotion and fostering of internal conflict, the commission of crime, subversion, terrorist attempts, mass protests with the appearance of social or political protest, and more. All of these with lots of money, payment to protest participants, publicity support and political legitimization. They are involved in all of democracies’ electoral processes demanding leftist and populist positions be included to establish or broaden the areas of conflict. The goal is to keep the adversary occupied in his own problems.
3- To politicize to the maximum -in the international arena- the defense and image of dictators; Castro, Diaz-Canel from Cuba, Nicolas Maduro from Venezuela, Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua, Evo Morales from Bolivia, and their regimes, presenting them as anti-imperialist gladiators seeking the liberation of their people, the very same people they oppress. The discourse of the sixties does still work. To politicize is “to give actions, thoughts, or operations a political orientation and/or content they do not have”. This is how their organized crime’s actions are politicized, they disguise as “politics” their crime that ranges from; the destabilization of democratic governments, their regimes administration as narco-states, the government’s corruption, and more. Their politicizing includes attempting to re-create the Cold War forming a block with Russia, China, Iran, and more.
4- To “negotiate” by availing themselves of national or international mediators who are manipulated, this is their means of bringing about the easing of tensions and deceive to appear to be ending the regime, when in reality they strengthen it. A negotiation divides and breaks up an opponent, they prolong it with tactical concessions that generally consist of freeing political prisoners or a partial reinstatement of some of the rights or privileges previously infringed upon, all of these while they continue repressing. Repetitive negotiations conducted with the regimes from Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia have only served to give more time and breathing room for the dictatorships to sustain their regimes. Cuban dictatorship’s international negotiations, with repetitive agendas of vicious circles that always start again, have sustained the regime for over 60 years.
This is the basic strategy of repetitive application that, just as if it was one sole block, the dictatorships in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia use. To end with the usurpation of power, we must avoid falling again into their plan and take the initiative.
*Attorney & Political Scientist. Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy.
Published by Infobae.com Sunday, July 7, 2019
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Translated from Spanish by; Edgar L. Terrazas, member of the American Translators’ Association, ATA # 234680.