- - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It is not surprising that the current White House is resisting efforts to impose sanctions on Venezuela. Since its beginning, this administration has exhibited an intent to normalize the oppressive governments of Cuba and Venezuela.

It is clear that every nation has a right to organize itself as it pleases, including as a socialist country. However, what no nation, socialist or otherwise, has a right to is the physical abuse, killing or incarceration of citizens who disagree with its policies. All I have to say is that it is totally unbecoming for a country such as the United States, born and matured through a long process of human and civil rights struggles (its current president today being clear evidence of the latter), to stay away from a situation that demands its moral leadership.

If we ever want to be respected again, we must show some muscle and tell tyrants to open their societies to democracy.

FELIPE FERNANDEZ

Miami