The literary quality of Patricia Highsmith in her work The Talent of Mr. Ripley, consists of the capacity for empathy generated in readers by the central character, a murderer.

Sometimes the traits of a character in a well-told story minimize his sinister profile. It seems that this is the case with the former presidents of Spain and Ecuador, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Rafael Correa, respectively.

Both attend gatherings or congresses to present their defense for democracy and for the poor. In reality, both are impostors who appeal to the ideological fanaticism or the forgetfulness of thousands of people.

Zapatero collaborated with Nicolás Maduro in dismantling the recall referendum that would most likely have meant the departure of the president from the Miraflores Palace in 2016. Maduro, against the wall, invited Zapatero to legitimize his traps. One of them, for example, was the location of registration points extremely far from the residential areas of a significant part of the population.

At the end of October 2019, the former Spanish president visited the facilities of El Economista. At times, Zapatero thought that his interlocutors were toddlers who had never read about the crisis or visited Venezuela. His innocent vision of Maduro’s actions made him an accomplice.

Zapatero’s participation in the OAS defending the violation of the Venezuelan Constitution by Maduro when he refused to celebrate the recall, would have to remain in the memory of those who today applaud the former Spanish president. Defending a dictator should come at a cost, but apparently it doesn’t.

The former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa is a good-natured character as long as he is not criticized. On June 14 of this year, a group of journalists from the Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo asked the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to condemn the Ecuadorian State for the “persecution” of which they were victims since 2011 by then-President Rafael Correa.

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The case refers to a three-year prison sentence and a civil penalty of $ 30 million against the journalist Emilio Palacio Urrutia and directors of the newspaper El Universo, Carlos Pérez Lapentti, César Enrique Pérez Barriga and Carlos Eduardo Pérez Barriga, as a result of the publication in February 2011 of an opinion article by Palacio Urrutia that described the Correa government as a “dictatorship” for having sent to jail a group of police officers who had participated in a rally against the president for question of wages.

Zapatero and Correa received applause in Mexico earlier this week at an event called Grupo de Puebla. Both characters present themselves as defenders of social causes.

They are impostors.


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He was a research professor in ITAM’s Department of International Studies, published the book Referendum Twitter and was editor and contributor to various newspapers such as 24 Horas, El Universal, Milenio. He has published in magazines such as Foreign Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, Life & Style, Chilango and Revuelta. He is currently an editor and columnist for El Economista.

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