A beginner’s guide to the OAS

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Today, another Machetera translation. Pedro Echeverría V. explains the OAS in 7 easy steps. I believe he is mistaken about Fidel Castro attacking U.S. imperialism at the OAS in Uruguay in 1962. Che Guevara did that incomparably well in 1961, pointing out the InterAmerican Development Bank’s obsession with latrines for the little dark people, after which the U.S. OAS gave Cuba the boot. See Che’s speech here: Economics Cannot be Separated from Politics

Also, Fidel isn’t shedding any tears over Cuba’s exclusion from the OAS. See: Who Wants to Join the Garbage Dump?

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The OAS, the Yankee Colonial Ministry, was Born in Colombia and Survives in Washington

1. If the United Nations has been an organization incapable of braking the warmongering Yankees, the Organization of American States (OAS) has been, since its founding in 1948, at the service of the U.S. government. No agreement has come out of this group without being approved beforehand by the successive gringo governments from Truman to Bush. Although the just idea to found an organization for the collective defense of the countries of America began at the end of the 18th century, the interventions in Europe gave a pretext to the U.S. government for planting its so-called “Monroe Doctrine” (commonly known as “America for the Americans”) and thereby began to dominate the region. That country was in its expansionist period and if England, Spain and France couldn’t resist the pressures to sell their territories, Mexico was an easy victim of gigantic spoils used by the Yankees to turn themselves into masters of the world.

2. Coincidentally the OAS was founded in Bogotá in 1948 and its first Secretary General was a Colombian (Lleras Camargo) when almost all the American government, at the conclusion of World War II, were still highly dependent economically and politically on Washington’s government; moreover, in this great metropolis, where the great Yankee powers were well established, the OAS was given a little corner to establish itself. In Brazil, three years prior, the government of Getulio Vargas had come to an end; in Argentina Domingo Perón was still in power, in Mexico, Miguel Alemán (one of the Yankee’s most servile); in Cuba, Fulgencio Batista; in Venezuela the government of Romulo Betancourt had begun, and in Ecuador the transition between Carlos Arosamena and Galo Plaza (the latter would also serve as OAS Secretary General) was underway. The moment when the OAS was founded was the best for the U.S. 1948 was “America for the North Americans.”

3. In the 1950’s the so-called “Cold War” between the U.S. and its allies against the Soviet Union helped to extend its influence and dominance. The American continent was a zone completely under the influence of North America. Truman just as much as Eisenhower believed that their names were written on the countries of America, just as the Soviet Union had managed to “sign up” some 10 countries. Therefore in 1962, when Fidel Castro presented himself in the OAS meeting in Uruguay and strongly criticized Yankee imperialism, the United States took his argument as evidence of the “incompatibility” of a country like Cuba, which had declared itself socialist (“a foreign doctrine removed from our own customs”) with “a free and democratic system.” All the hands of the chancellors present (with the exception of Mexico, which abstained) were raised to approve the expulsion of Cuba from the OAS and impose a blockade.

4. What else could presidents such as Idígoras, Somoza, Stroessner, Guido, Alessandri, Muñoz Marín or Balaguer, who in 1962 moved to the rhythm marked by the Yankee president Kennedy, expect? Fidel Castro, in those years, gave speeches every month or two that lasted between two and four hours (January 1, May 1, July 26 and whenever necessary). Between one and two million Cubans listened attentively (in the enormous “Plaza de la Revolución” in Havana or in Santiago) to these refresher courses on the history and permanent nature of the attacks against Latin America by the U.S. and its lackey governments on the continent. (In México these speeches were published in their entirety by “Politica” magazine (May 1960/May 1967) directed by Marcué Pardiñas and heard with great passion and clarity over the radio in the Mexican Gulf States.)

5. Kennedy’s government was forced to create the program it called “Alliance for Progress” in order to assure itself support among the OAS countries. In his speech he used the Cuban revolution as a counterpoint, assuring that all the countries which helped fortify the blockade against Cuba would receive plenty of capital, aid and food destined for third world countries. Mexico received milk and countless other things designated as “OAS donations.” Kennedy was assassinated by far-right elements in his own government and the famous Alliance for Progress collapsed. Afterwards came the “Missile Crisis” (1962) and the Yankee invasion of the Dominican Republic (1965). The OAS response was absolute support for the Yankee government, that despite being an invader, was justified in its “defense of democracy against communism.” All radio, press and TV (which had just begun) was at the service of the Yankees.

6. In 2004/2005, the OAS selected a new Secretary General in the middle of the tension between the U.S. and the block of countries it had formerly integrated. Countries such as Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, aligned themselves with the Chilean José Insulza, but the U.S., after trying together with Colombia for someone more unconditional, put forward the Mexican from the Fox government, Ernesto Derbez, looking for pliable votes from Central America. The U.S. came out of it defeated, although some weeks later it continued to sidle up to Insulza (with many “weighty arguments”) in order to have him on its side; reference how he jumped all over Hugo Chávez when the coup-supporting television monopoly’s reauthorization to transmit was declined. There are hopes that the OAS will finally gain its independence from the U.S. in order to convert itself into the forum it should have been starting in 1948: a forum of analysis, argument and defense of Iberoamerica.

7. In the next OAS meeting where the topic will be the discussion of the intrusion of the Colombian army into Ecuadoran territory (when last Saturday it bombed and killed FARC guerrillas) it should be a meeting where a group of nations headed by Brazil and Venezuela, who are consolidating an independent force, are able to achieve sufficient votes to punish the Colombian government presided over by the murdering Álvaro Uribe. If the OAS could manage to shake off the U.S., immediately Cuba could recover the position taken from it in 1962. But there’s no need to be under any illusion about that; the U.S. has absolute control of Colombia, Mexico, Peru and almost all the tiny countries of Central America. It’s not easy liberating oneself from an imperial country which has such huge investments and so many powerful businesses, whose tentacles extend to each one of these countries. For this reason, the OAS will continue being a colonial ministry, as Fidel Castro called it.

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