Gustavo Petro is not as different and special as he thinks when he stands up. Apparently, the second assembly of the UN gave the impression that it represented the opposite, a repetition, “more of the same”, and that is why some presidents and committees heard it, not interested in concentrating on a set of confusing hyperboles.
That, for me, is the appropriate attention during the Colombian president’s UN General Assembly, more than a period expected, and even obvious: the one who spoke after the president of the United States, this Once it Petro, he faces a five-minute break that will extend to ten, and the president of the Assembly must always call for order.
What is true, and I think important, is the little interest that Petro’s speech has generated. To the point that the audiovisual team of the Casa de Nariño (presidential palace) had to add more applause (see Empty Chair) to enhance a dull and confusing speech with famous phrases like to “expand the virus of life.”
Because Petro wants to go down in history as a climate leader who didn’t care about it first. Many have gone to the UN lectern to tell the West, “the global north,” that it is responsible for wars, migration and climate crises, which have been achieved for their countries with no more than a breath. in dignity.
Hugo Chávez always had in mind that “it smells like sulfur in here”. I was young and his figure, at the time funny, later became a harmful image for me, like sulfuric acid. Even some presidents are still afraid that some fan of Fidel Castro will come and speak for seven hours, like the Cuban dictator did in 1960.
Petro is part of this group of rhetoricians, who endlessly point to those responsible for the lack of development in Latin America, instead of taking advantage of 20 minutes to convince why the world should care about us. As the decades passed, it was time for the “Open Veins” of the Uruguayan Eduardo Galeano to give us a break and understand our region beyond the victimization, which reflects Arielismo.
Petro has more nostalgia for vindicating Allende, for citing unjustified wars, for suggesting climate dystopias
Far from convincing the world that Colombia is the most biodiverse country in the world and, therefore, important in the fight against climate change, Petro is more interested in this nostalgia of Allende’s vindication, citing the absurd war, to suggest climatic dystopias.
In New York, once again, it elicited cheers from the audience and some applause. This is the path of one who dresses up as a hero, wastes time and goes out on the streets like a passer-by, the contradiction of a personal leader who navigates his own intellectual and ideological vanity.