The obsession of Fidel Castro and the entire Cuban staff with Venezuelan oil has been widely documented. Books such as “Consented Invasion” or “Venezuela, state capitalism, reform and revolution” are two recent works that accurately narrate this sick anxiety of the masters of Cuba for the black gold of Venezuelans. Venezuela was the victim of an occupation, perhaps the first and only occupation that was voluntary and that had the peculiar characteristic that the small country was the one that conquered the big one. The occupation is only the title of a script that was conceived for more than 63 years, with the purpose of gaining control of Venezuelan wealth, destroying its democracy and subjugating two peoples to the designs and interests of tyrants.
The delivery of our public treasury has undoubtedly been the greatest manifestation of subordination from one country to another. What Venezuela has given Cuba during these 20 years in economic aid, oil, power plants, medical supplies, infrastructure and food is accounted for at least USD60,000 million. It is a submissive project that is still in force to this day, posing stunningly in front of the eyes of Cubans and Venezuelans. For this, it is only necessary to review facts such as the fact that Venezuela increased its oil shipments to Cuba during the month of April of this year, where 70,000 barrels of crude oil were supplied daily to the ports of Havana. But the paradox of this is that Venezuela increased this subsidy to Cuba, in a period in which it reduced its oil exports. In other words, we send that sea of oil, without charging anything or receiving any consideration, in a context where our oil company is practically dismantled, where the world is juggling to find oil and is willing to pay high prices for it, and where the people Venezuela is going through a humanitarian catastrophe due to lack of food, medicine, fuel and public services. An oil that could be sold at international prices in the order of 100 dollars per barrel and that could serve to increase the income of the South American country and develop policies aimed at recovering the salary of Venezuelans, ends up in the hands of the Cuban regime.
An issue of this type can only be understood under the logic of a colonized country. In other words, it is not Maduro who governs in Venezuela, it is Cuba. It is not Maduro who orders, it is the political bureau of the Cuban dictatorship that issues the orders that configure a relationship of interdependence, domination and political kidnapping. Maduro is not Maduro, Maduro is Cuba. Who governs Venezuela is just a puppet of a Caribbean dictatorship, placed in the presidential chair to respond to the interests of those who for 60 years have done nothing but conspire to get their hands on the national treasure. So in Venezuela nothing has changed: Maduro continues to be subordinated and enslaved to Cuba.
The very survival of the Cuban model depends on what happens in Venezuela. These oil shipments arrive to alleviate the gasoline crisis that is being experienced on the island, after the war that is being waged in Ukraine. The regime fears that the lack of fuel will increase social discontent and cause a new wave of social protests that will further shake the political stability of the oppressors. In this sense, the Venezuelan subsidy serves Cuba as leverage to stop internal change processes, to paralyze the necessary political and economic reforms demanded by the Cuban people and the international community; and, above all, to oil the machinery of persecution that has been undermining freedom for more than 63 years.
Venezuela has been able to reactivate oil shipments to Cuba because another dictatorial country like Iran has been helping Maduro “take back” the oil refineries. Yes, at a very high cost. Because, while Iran sends materials to improve the deterioration of oil facilities, it strengthens its ties and its roots on Venezuelan soil, which translates into a danger for the hemisphere, since it is a country that supports terrorist organizations and that It has shown, like Cuba, that it is an enemy of freedom and democracy.
In Venezuela, a group of actors with anti-Western and anti-democratic agendas have become entrenched, such as Russia, China and Iran and, of course, Cuba, which is the true white elephant in the room. The dictatorial power that exists in Venezuela and that pulls the strings of this entire project of regional expansion. For this reason, I dare to point out that until we break the relationship of interdependence between Maduro and Cuba, until we neutralize this harmful binomial for Venezuelans and Cubans, but also for each Latin American country, we will not be able to restore democratic order and political stability throughout the hemisphere.