Sergio Ramirez, who was Vice-President of the Sandinista Government in Nicaragua, who wrtote the very interesting book Adios Muchachos, had these very interesting things to say in yesterday’s local newspaper El Nacional:
“I have given many opinions about Chavez. I think he had his moment, his first moments, and very important ones for the history of Venezuela. But the society is divided. And that to me is a failure. A million people here, another million there. And for a country to be divided, in strictly democratic terms does not matter. That can be resolved at the time of elections. But around some goals that are called revolutionary, of profound changes in society, it is not easy to resolve.
To me it looks that there lies the great mystery and the great challenge for politicians: to be able to carry out profound changes with a consensus. Someone, from the left, may tell me that that is impossible, because there will always exist concrete interests that will oppose it. But I believe that in these societies you will never do anything more without a consensus. That is what Lula is doing in Brazil. To me that is important
The other thing that seems important is that an elected officer, like Lula, should know that he will be in power for only five years and not his whole life. Maybe ten years, but no more. But those that prepare themselves to always be in that position would fail beforehand. There are no Government officials forever in Latin America”
Well said, I hope all our politicians read it.