A little before Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, the island received the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. Both were treated like what they are: Chiefs of State. Internationally, politically and diplomatically the message was clear: Maduro is just as much of a legitimate president as Obama. And both leaders are key for Cuba’s foreign relations.
With the two almost simultaneous visits, Cuba made it clear that despite the campaign against Nicolás Maduro’s government by the right-wing and the White House, Venezuela has a full government with full international recognition. The Cuban-Venezuelan game has certainly been ingenious.
The evident international support of the leader adds to strengthening Maduro and consequently weakening the Venezuelan plutocracy in its efforts to overthrow the successor of Hugo Chávez. In this way, the military coup against Maduro lost momentum.
It is true that the topic of the destabilization of the Venezuelan government didn’t come up during the official conversations between Obama and Raúl Castro. But it was in the political, diplomatic and international agenda of the United States and Cuba, even though it was not expressed. What’s done is done. Venezuelan receiving Maduro in La Habana, hours before Obama’s arrival to the island, had and will have favorable effects for the Venezuelan government in its fight against the attempts to overthrow Maduro.
Amidst the political struggle in Venezuela, the creole right-wing and the United States have put special emphasis on the sanitation and international condemnation of the Bolivarian government. And you could say that the right-wing and imperialism have gained certain and undeniable success. But Maduro’s reception in Cuba and Obama’s silence has restored balance once again. The Cuban government delivered a powerful blow in a crucial political moment to the creole and international right-wings, who are against Maduro.
The unfavorable international view of Venezuela helps the efforts of the right-wing and imperialism in the overthrow of Maduro. Because of this, the Cuban government needs to start a fight on the international front, like Maduro just did with his visit to Cuba in a stellar moment for Obama, with all of the international spotlight on the events in Havana.
Only judged by the media, Maduro could look like an overthrown president. This happens when the media distorts facts for their own interests. But, the events in Havana have shown that this is only an aspiration of the Venezuelan plutocracy and the White House. In Venezuela, the fight is underway and there are no solid indications of a pro-U.S. right-wing victory. The media artillery launched at Maduro cannot achieve what the internal Venezuelan conditions don’t allow.
Resisting the media attack, things should work themselves out according to the correlation of internal and external forces. In this, Maduro just gained a success. In regard to the internal conditions, the scene is more favorable for Maduro than those who are inclined to media linked to the Venezuelan right-wing and imperialist countries like Spain and the United States.