The knock-out took place in
the capital of the Dominican Republic. We followed
every second of the match on Telesur. Nearly all of
the Latin American presidents from the Rio Group were there. Ecuadorian
President Correa had announced it the day before. I underscored the importance
of this meeting in one of my reflections. It did not take place within the OAS.
Most importantly, US diplomats were not in attendance. In one way or another,
despite the profound ideological and tactical differences, everyone shone and
showed the virtues that earned them important positions in office.
In today’s crisis, these
positions acquire a stark significance. The undeniable fact is that, on the
brink of armed conflicts between sister nations
stemming from Yankee intrigues, for now peace has been sealed, as has the
awareness that we can avert wars between peoples united by solid bonds of
While this was taking place
in Santo Domingo, Bush was at a
meeting in Washington to discuss the
transition in Cuba.
Though much still lies ahead,
as the meeting on Globalization and Development Problems held in Havana has shown,
ultimately, imperialism proved the one and only loser.