Barinas: the horrifying picture

From defeats you learn if you are humble and intelligent. On January 10, 1978, Pedro Joaquín Chamorro was assassinated in Nicaragua while on his way to his newspaper, and was buried on January 12. His wife Violeta condemns the murder and blames General Anastasio Somoza. On June 11, 1979, Somoza bombed the newspaper La Prensa. That same day Violeta Barrios agreed to join the National Reconstruction Governing Board that governed temporarily from 1979 to 1985. In 1980 she resigned.

Little by little, Violeta stood out as a public figure of the opposition with a pro-Yankee policy. On May 29, 1989, the National Opposition Union brought together 14 parties, including the Communist Party of Nicaragua. In September 1989, Violeta Barrios is nominated as a presidential candidate. With 54,7% of the votes in the general elections of February 25, 1990, Chamorro wins the elections and the majority in the National Assembly, until then in total Sandinista control.

Shortly after that defeat, Commander Tomás Borge visited us. He gave a lecture at the Central University of Venezuela. In response to the question put to him: "Commander, why was Sandinismo defeated?" His response was a life lesson: "Because we lost our humility." When humility is lost, ethics wavers and in this fluctuation ostentation and pride arise. Material shortages begin to be satisfied in business with class enemies that guarantee luxurious trucks, brand-name clothes, the latest generation cell phones, prosperous businesses, farms, shares in clubs, apartments in Miami and sumptuous villas.

Pride blinds and deafens these leaders who think they have a letter of marque because they are family or because they are friends or because they belong to the power group. Little by little, vanity begins to be cultivated and study is despised (there are no books in their country houses, but there are huge flat-screen televisions and a lot of imported sugarcane).

Let's be humble, let's study, read, love our neighbor. Let us not forget the words that Simón Bolívar wrote to Antonio José de Sucre on December 22, 1823, from Trujillo, Peru: “The painting is horrifying, but it does not scare me, because we are used to seeing more horrible ghosts up close, than they have disappeared when approaching them”.


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