La Nación / Since the Ambassador visited Sandra Quiñónez

Our politicians, men and women – including a left that tends to put itself in a position of superiority over the others – generally maintain a bipolar relationship with the United States which is expressed through the trips made by the embassy stationed a few meters from Mburuvicha Róga. When affecting their ideological plots, “Yankee imperialism attacks our sovereignty and autonomy as a nation with its serious interference in the internal affairs of Paraguay”.

But when certain statements by the spokespersons of the diplomatic mission are interpreted as possible diversions towards adverse sectors, or at least the new oracles of informative certainty believe it, it is Jupiter Tonante (the thunder) who descends from Olympus “to distribute justice and put an end to the corrupt”. Then, the party leaders who stand at the other end of the right are called to a distracted silence. And they celebrate with joy when no one sees them. Does it have a name. And it is not, precisely, that of the Vestal Virgins who guard the sacred fire of morality and democracy.

On February 8 of this year, while the Chamber of Deputies was brewing the accusation of defamation against the Attorney General of the State, Sandra Quiñónez, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America, Joseph “Joe” Salazar, visited President Mario Abdo Benítez at the Palacio de López. On the 3rd of the same month, the former interior minister, Arnaldo Giuzzio, launched a series of accusations against the former head of state, Horacio Cartes, before the Permanent Commission of the National Congress. Minstrels of vernacular journalism began to fabricate an “epic dialogue” between Abdo Benítez and Salazar considering that “the encounter occurs amid complaints, the opening of a criminal case (to the former president) and the discussion on a possible impeachment trial against Sandra Quiñónez.” As a corollary to this part of the contextualized chronicle, let us recall that Giuzzio was dismissed from his position for his (alleged) links with an international brand drug trafficker.

The inputs available for analysis left little room for imaginative aberrations. But some colleagues, anxious to follow the editorial line of their media, do not let logic intimidate them and, spears in hand, set off to attack invented cyclops, taking themselves for windmills. Or is it the other way around? Anyway, the idea is this. The vision distorted by this tenacious disease that is fanaticism, they attack with Paleolithic fury: “Although the reason for the meeting has not been announced, the political gesture is important, since it comes at a time when several investigations are open against former President Horacio Cartes, both nationally and internationally”. Yes, everyone knew the reason for the meeting. But it did not help scandal. The agenda only included just one point: the arrival in Asunción of the new ambassador appointed by the United States government to our country, Mr. Marc Ostfield.

Neither interim Salazar nor newcomer Ostfield even hinted at a position on the attempted impeachment of Sandra Quiñónez. Americans didn’t tilt the world to their hemisphere by chewing glass. Nor do they stand out for their ingenuity in picking up the pebbles left behind by opposition parliamentarians and their media allies to guide them to the “clarity” of the forest: dismissing the state attorney general. They were not fooled by the breaths of justice that pretended to roar from the ruling party, because they understood that this was an internal dispute within the National Republican Association. A real circus that did not even amuse a population more concerned with looking for bread in the midst of a worsening socio-economic crisis. A large part of the opposition installed in the Congress of the Nation danced to the rhythm of the polka of the internal reds in order to harm those who are their indirect adversaries today, but who tomorrow will perhaps be the protagonists of the legislative elections of the April 30, 2023: Honor to the candidates of the Colorado movement.

The charge d’affaires, Joe Salazar, deserved the almost complete coverage of two newspapers, friends of power and declared enemies of the truth. Ambassador Marc Ostfield, just a brief footnote in one of these media. The other decided to ignore him. Oh, sorry, he visited Attorney General Sandra Quiñónez, reiterating the Joe Biden government’s decision “to support the fight against impunity and corruption.” The same statements by Salazar during his visit to Mario Abdo. But the blessed context changes everything. They could have assumed that the northern diplomat was supporting the highest authority in the prosecution service because “he was doing his job well to strengthen democratic institutions”. For her part, Sandra Quiñónez – she said it literally – will continue to fight against transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption.

Also with a Paraguayan journalism sector, the relationship with the United States is bipolar. An ambassador is not always relevant. It depends on the weather, visibility and atmospheric pressure.

The charge d’affaires, Joe Salazar, deserved the almost complete coverage of two newspapers, friends of power and declared enemies of the truth.

For her part, Sandra Quiñónez – she said it literally – will continue to fight against transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption.

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