Haiti's vote in the OAS on Thursday, January 10, 2019, against the re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raises an outcry in #Haiti and abroad. The majority of observers consider it an act of treason, the Haitian President Jovenel Moise against this regime that has contributed much to the financing of Haiti through the #Petrocaribe Program; the effective contributor to take Haiti out of the rubble, when international system donors have been content with broken promises.
At #LeReCit @ReseauCitadelle, we think this government's embarrassing and even “against-heart” decision Haitian responds to a logic of realpolitik. Also, we think that if Colonel Hugo Chavez was still alive, he could have understood this new position of # Haiti.
For, since the recent visit of President Maduro to Russia, followed by the announcement of a multi-billion dollar loan from Vladimir Putin for the modernization of Venezuelan oil production and the landing of a Russian strategic bomber …. that is, a large-scale military aircraft action, capable of carrying nuclear bombs, all in the current context where the American superpower is put to the test in Southeast Asia (China Sea), the Middle East (Persian Gulf, Syria, Yemen ..), in East Africa (Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan), in the Black Sea (the Russian Navy in Crimea), in the Arctic (Russian projects in the North Pole), – the Venezuelan file has gone from a simple internal or regional political conflict to a strategic threat e for the United States.
With strategic bombers maneuvering away from nuclear deterrence, Venezuela is now at the heart of the United States' major military strategy concerns.
As a result, it was clear that Washington would mobilize all the means of pressure at its disposal to obtain this vote, in order to isolate the Government of Venezuela. It is foolish to believe that the Republic of Haiti has the necessary capabilities to take part in such a conflict.
Considering the number of votes of abstention or unfavorable to this resolution of the OAS, we can deduce that the game was tight. In this sense, the United States has been intractable with the weakest …
– those whose economies are extremely linked to them,
– those facing serious economic difficulties that Venezuela can no longer to help at present because it is under economic sanctions;
– those with extremely weak government
The situation of # Haiti:
1- In 2018, the country has received about $ 3 billion in transfers, most of which came from the Haitian diaspora of the United States; the rest of the Haitian diaspora in Canada, Brazil, Chile, all countries that co-sponsored the resolution;
2- The situation of Haitian migrants in the United States (TPS);
3- US Aid to Haiti's development is stable, considerable, diverse (#USAID agency is present in almost all areas, even the food allowance of police officers);
4- With sanctions, Venezuela can not even receive transfers of funds from banks linked to the United States. It is currently difficult to pay Venezuela the money it owes it for its oil;
5- Let's not talk about the situation of the current government of Haiti which is facing a series of violent demonstrations of opposition radical that only the American diplomats can convince to remain calm, in the direction of the democratic game.
On this last point, one can say that the mobilizations of the type #Petrocaribechallenge #Petrochallenge #KotKobPetrocaribea were used to discredit the Venezuelan cooperation in # Haiti. Manipulated or aware, this beautiful world is the game of the American political strategy to return #Haiti against Venezuela. Recall that according to the diplomatic correspondence published by WIKILEAKS, the United States was against the participation of # Haiti in the ALBA and its program #Petrocaribe.
In this sense, we believe that if Hugo Chavez was still president of Venezuela he would have understood the difficult situation of # Haiti in this geopolitical context. In memory of his historic contribution to the independence of Latin America, Chavez would have avoided hostilities with this bruised country of the Caribbean. He would have assumed his responsibility as leader of his Bolivarian revolution, ready to face his powerful neighbor, even to drag him into a great geopolitical struggle with China, Russia, Turkey …
Is it worth mentioning that even the Dominican Republic which develops intense diplomatic and economic relations with China, – the strategic ally of the current leaders of Venezuela – to the detriment of Taiwan, was obliged to vote against Nicolas Maduro. An idea, moreover, of the extent of the pressures
Cyrus Sibert, Cape Haitian, Haiti