The following is a portion of the speech given by the president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on July 24, 2021, and posted on YouTube by RompevientoTV:
The influence of US foreign policy is predominant in America. There is only one special case, that of Cuba, the country that for more than half a century has asserted its independence, politically confronting the United States. We may or may not agree with the Cuban Revolution and its government, but having resisted 62 years without submission, it is quite a feat. I believe that for their fight in defense of the sovereignty of their country, the people of Cuba deserve the prize of dignity.
And that island should be considered as the new numancia for its example of resistance, and I think that for that same reason it should be declared a World Heritage Site. Obviously, it is no small thing to have a neighbor like the United States. Our closeness forces us to seek agreements, and it would be a serious mistake to kick Samson, but at the same time we have powerful reasons to assert our sovereignty and demonstrate with arguments, without bravado, that we are not a protectorate, a colony or its backyard…
As I mentioned to President Biden, we prefer an economic integration, with a sovereign dimension, with the United States and Canada, in order to recover what was lost with respect to production and trade with China than to continue weakening as a region and having a scenario plagued with warlike tensions. To put it in other words, we want the United States to be strong economically and not just militarily. Achieving this balance and not the hegemony of any country is the most responsible and most convenient thing to do to maintain peace for the benefit of future generations and humanity … The replacement of the OAS by a truly autonomous body, not a lackey of anyone, but a mediator at the request and acceptance of the parties in conflict, in matters of human rights and democracy, should not be ruled out. It is a great task for good diplomats and politicians like those that fortunately exist in all the countries of our continent…
What is proposed here may seem like a utopia; however, it must be considered that without the horizon of ideals one cannot get anywhere and that consequently it is worth trying. Let’s keep Bolívar’s dream alive.
Thanks a lot
NOTE: Following the above speech, an analysis was done by Fernando Buen Abad, Doctor in Philosophy and Communicational Philosophy, conducted by Ernesto Ledesma and Alberto Nájar, which will be continued next week.
August 8, 2021