The ongoing Marxist takeover of Latin America won its biggest prize so far this month when Colombia elected a former terrorist as president. This assault, long in the making, threatens our national security and culminates when we can least afford it, at a time of non-existent leadership in Washington.
Gustavo Petro, a former M-19 guerrilla and controversial mayor of Bogota, now leads this key regional US ally, after a narrow victory – he won 50.48% of the vote – over populist candidate Rodolfo Hernandez on June 19 .
Petro has promised to “democratize” unproductive private land – Newspeak euphemisms for land grabbing – redistribute private pensions and stop new oil and gas production (because he also understands that the environmental extremism is another way to undermine capitalism). He insists that he will not expropriate the land outright but that the government will raise taxes on land holdings which he considers unproductive and that if the owner cannot pay, he will turn them over to the government.
Communists understand perfectly what he means. The Marxist website “In Defense of Marxism” called Petro’s victory “a watershed moment in the class struggle of a country in which the capitalist oligarchy has generally played the role of executioner with impunity.”
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In Caracas, Nicolás Maduro, whose Marxist dictatorship ruined Venezuela, duly announced that a “new era” was beginning in the neighboring country. So did former British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose tenure as leader was tainted with anti-Semitism. “Incredible news from Colombia with the election of a socialist president, which has shown the power of community organization”, tweeted Corbin.
Colombia, they all understand, is now finally firmly in the revolutionary orbit, ready to be an ally of China, Russia, Iran, Cuba and all other enemies of the United States.
Maduro and his Havanan bosses are entitled to a kind of victory lap. His predecessor, Hugo Chávez, was the mentor of Petro, who brought Chávez to Bogota in 1994, five years before Chávez was elected. Petro was then an MP, his narco-terrorist group M-19 having been dissolved during an amnesty in 1990.
Colombia’s Marxist-terrorist-narco-trafficker complex became a key ally of Chávez, and then Maduro, after Chávez’s death in 2013. As Insight Crime puts it, Colombian cartels push “cocaine through Venezuela on its way to American and European markets, while Venezuelan smuggling fuel flowed the other way. Petro is also a long-time member in good standing of the Foro de São Paulo, a Marxist group of governments and non-state actors, which helps as a coordinating link.
The outgoing Colombian government of Iván Duque was clearly unhappy with Venezuela’s interference in its country’s affairs. When President Trump threw his support behind Maduro’s opponent Juan Guaidó in 2019, US allies Colombia, Chile and Ecuador backed Trump’s policies. Maduro vowed revenge by visiting his unstable neighbours.
“We are headed for a Bolivarian hurricane,” Diosdado Cabello, a Maduro ally, told Venezuela’s National Assembly in October 2019. “It cannot be stopped by absolutely anyone. What’s happening in Peru, what’s happening in Chile, what’s happening in Argentina, what’s happening in Honduras, Ecuador, it’s just a little breeze. A hurricane is what is to come. It is absolutely impossible for Colombia to remain what it is. It is absolutely impossible for Brazil to remain what it is. There’s no way.”
Five of them have now fallen, and all in the same way: one event sets the spark for protests sweeping the nation, all coordinated via social media. American scholar Doug Farrah described what happened to Chile (which just elected another Marxist as president) in 2019, pointing out that “it is not just discontent with growing inequality that has fueled unrest in Chile. An exacerbating factor was the use of social media, particularly Twitter, where accounts from outside Chile fueled the flames of discontent.
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Farah’s analysis of 4.8 million tweets from 639,000 Twitter accounts in support of protests in Chile at the height of the unrest found that most of the accounts were not Chilean but Venezuelan, Nicaraguan and Cuban. On the other hand, the vast majority of tweets against the protests were Chilean.
In the case of Colombia, the unrest came in 2021 and followed the same pattern. Huge protests led to instability that benefited Petro at the polls. He is now ready to pay his debt. Less than 72 hours after the election, he announced he would restore relations with Maduro and reopen the border with Venezuela.
It is important. Colombia is the United States’ most important ally in Latin America. The largest recipient of US security assistance in the hemisphere, Colombia has hosted more than 2 million Venezuelan migrants fleeing the neighboring socialist dictatorship, serving as a buffer at the US southern border. The Andean nation has twice the population of Venezuela and unique access to Central America and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Unlike Reagan, who came to the aid of Latin American democracies when they too were threatened by Communists, Biden is unlikely to do anything. He is indebted to groups such as Black Lives Matter, whose members support Maduro and attend Foro de São Paulo meetings.
All of this poses another global challenge at the worst possible time.