It has become clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that President Donald Trump represents the most ugly and destructive segment of the United States establishment and their international system of imperialistic domination.
Where, for example, former President Barack Obama was able to recognize that the “Cold War” is over and that it is unjust and illogical for the USA to maintain an aggressive, isolationist policy in relation to the Caribbean nation of Cuba, the xenophobic and power-drunk President Trump now seeks to dismantle Obama’s initiatives and to reinstate the old backward anti-Cuba policies.
But Trump’s ugly and aggressive agenda is certainly not limited to Cuba. Indeed, Trump’s anti-Cuba stance is simply one component of an aggressive imperialistic agenda that is targeting the entire Latin American and Caribbean region.
This agenda manifests itself in the form of Trump’s inter-connected policies to: build a wall along the USA’s border with Mexico; aggressively deport so-called undocumented Caribbean and Latin American migrants resident in the USA; impose an onerous tax on remittances that Barbadian and other Caribbean migrants in the USA send to their home countries; intervene in Venezuela in order to bring down the duly elected socialist Government of that nation; and the ugly list goes on and on.
But even more disturbing than these unwarranted and unjustified attacks on the nations and people of our hemisphere, is the threat that Trump represents to the very survival of the entire human race with his unenlightened and callous withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement and his refusal to participate in the global effort to combat climate change.
In light of the foregoing, it is critical that the Governments and people of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) recognize that we have a duty to lock horns with and resist Trump’s destructive agenda at every available opportunity.
And one of the forums in which our 15 nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) possesses a decided advantage when engaging in battle with the Trump Administration and its destructive regional policies is the Organization of American States (OAS).
It is therefore crucial that CARICOM takes a very firm and principled anti-Trump position at the this week’s OAS meeting in Cancun, Mexico on the issue of our sister Caribbean nation of Venezuela. We simply must NOT allow the Trump Administration to have its way at this OAS meeting and thereby use the OAS as a mechanism for an illicit US intervention in Venezuela to effect the unconstitutional “regime change” that the Trump Administration so desperately desires.
Indeed, if we can defeat Trump on the issue of Venezuela, we would have created a precedent that we will be able to use in a positive and inspirational manner to resist Trump’s other aggressive and imperialistic policies against Cuba; against our own Caribbean kith and kin resident in the USA; and against the economic interests of our own Caribbean states.
It is imperative that we recognize that our struggle for independence, sovereignty and justice in Latin America and the Caribbean is a collective and inter-connected struggle. As the great Guyanese and Caribbean poet, Martin Carter, so eloquently expressed it:
This I have learnt: today a speck tomorrow a hero hero or monster you are consumed . . . all are involved ! all are consumed !
(David Comissiong made this submission as coordinator of the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defense of Humanity)