The recently held Ibero-American Summit in the Dominican Republic only served to portray the abyss of a region that is already disappearing from the map. Unable to integrate economically and accustomed to ideological polarization, Latin America continues to fail to manage itself to play an important role on the international stage. Let’s see the details of the meeting.
Let’s start with the absences. Neither Lula, nor AMLO nor Maduro went, although for different reasons. Lula had said that she had an official visit to China, which she also did not go, claiming to have pneumonia. López Obrador was not only absent, but also sent the lowest-ranking official at the Summit (not even a minister). But the Oscar goes to Maduro with his false positive for Covid at the last minute. Why didn’t Lula plan to be there? Why does AMLO show such contempt and rudeness with the appointment? The Maduro thing is known by all. To these absences we must also add four of the six Central American leaders.
Now we go with the presents. Boric attacked Daniel Ortega accusing him of being a dictator, and receiving as a counterpart the imputation of a traitor. For his part, Díaz-Canel defended his Nicaraguan tyrant counterpart, in turn preventing any progress in financial matters. And finally Petro advocated in favor of Pedro Castillo (with the same force that it did for drug trafficking), causing the protest of the Peruvian minister.
Faced with this burlesque spectacle, they had to resort to the situation in Haiti in order to show a minimum of coherence, while Spain and Portugal took refuge in common places and empty diplomacy to disguise their political sterility in their affiliated regions. With nothing to say about Mexico’s indigenous claim, or about Chile’s complaint about Human Rights violations in various countries, or about the drug and drug trafficking issue that Colombia insists on dealing with. They didn’t even manage to line up the region with the West on the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nothing. An abyss.
The problem is that democracy has never been demanded of Latin America, with freedom, separation of powers, alternation, legality and effective observance of human rights. On the contrary, it has been a laboratory of ideological warfare that has constantly divided it and that promotes warlords of all colors, much to the nostalgia of a part of Europe that still believes in the myth of the noble savage.