Ha llegado la hora de hacer frente a Chávez

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO – A principios de septiembre, las mayores empresas de Colombia asombraron a todo el mundo con su apoyo incondicional al Presidente del país, Álvaro Uribe, en su conflicto cada vez más profundo con Venezuela. Si perdían el enorme mercado de exportación contiguo... pues sería mala suerte, simplemente.

Por primera vez, los exportadores colombianos de casi todo lo que Venezuela compra, desde papel higiénico hasta gasolina, fruta y hortalizas, leche y carne, dieron luz verde a su Presidente para que hiciera frente al Presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, en lugar de seguir ofreciendo la otra mejilla, como habían estado presionándolo para que lo hiciera en los ocho años transcurridos desde que Uribe ocupó su cargo por primera vez.

Venezuela había pasado a ser una magnífica oportunidad comercial para los exportadores colombianos, pues ya no produce prácticamente nada  (exceptuado el petróleo), tiene un tipo de cambio oficial enormemente subvencionado y cuenta con enormes sumas de petrodólares con los que puede comprar todo lo imaginable. Mientras las autoridades de Colombia se veían obligadas a afrontar los frecuentes insultos de Chávez, sus intervenciones en los asuntos internos de Colombia, sus compras de armas en gran escala y sus rabietas diplomáticas, la comunidad comercial obtenía beneficios y presionaba al Gobierno para que llegara a avenencias. Hasta ahora, eso es lo que había hecho el Gobierno.

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