The continent has never faced such a brutal, systematic attack as the current one on the institutions of democratic countries. What is happening, far from being simple acts of rebellion of political factions, is a war in every way.

Thousands of people protest this Tuesday in the central Plaza Italia during a new day of protests in Santiago, Chile (EFE).

The gentlemen representing the left in Latin America, commanded by Cuban Castroism and Venezuelan Chavismo, have undertaken a crusade to regain lost power. And far from resorting to the mechanisms established by the constitutions of each country, they have decided to break the established order, set fire to the central transportation systems in Latin American capitals, destroy buildings, vandalize businesses, plunder markets, pit civilians against security forces, destroy economies, and, in short, watch the world burn.

It is no secret that in the last decade, Latin America turned red with socialist governments elected thanks to the influence of petrodollars that Chavez injected into the region. Although after Chavez’s triumph, authoritarian and interfering mechanisms began to be seen, nobody can deny that his arrival to power was democratic, as was that of Lula, Evo, Kirchner, Bachelet, Correa, among others.

But time always bears witness to the failures, and these gentlemen sustained a socialist fallacy maintained by the existing reserves in their respective nations. The financing granted to the late former Venezuelan president, to consolidate his authoritarian, inefficient, and expansionist model. It is not in vain that Venezuela, the country that supported the economies of half of Latin America in the previous decade, is today suffering through the worst economic crisis in modern history.

A decade was enough for half the people to wake up from the spell of populism. All it takes is for the money that underpins the enormous public spending of these systems to run out for nations to hit rock bottom and return to reality.

Socialism is not so difficult to explain, it is precisely the same thing that an infatuated and unconscious teenager does when he receives a big inheritance: the first thing he does is to party with his friends, get drunk, buy a luxury car, brag about it, continue the party, do some other charity work to justify his own waste, and so on, until the money runs out, and he has to start blaming others for his own stupidity.

Although in the previous decade the continent turned red, what is happening now is much more serious because after exhausting the fallacies and lies, knowing that it will be difficult to deceive the electorate again, the left has opted to destabilize the countries of the region to impose their agendas. Without the economic support of Chavez and Venezuelan oil, they will have to resort once again to the old practices of unconventional and asymmetric wars and what today is called hybrid warfare.

That socialism does not work and that the leftists try to impose it by force is not an opinion. It is facts; it is scientific data; it is happening right under our noses. Socialism has been a failure wherever it has been applied. Numbers prove it, and that is why they always end up resorting to aggression, resentment, hatred, lies, indoctrination, populism. For them, truth and facts will never be on their side.

The war, the struggle for the truth is in its darkest hours, well, besides the evident destabilization announced from Caracas with fanfare, indoctrination, and communist propaganda, the messages against the “system,” against capital and the economy, are increasingly latent.

In recent weeks, I have visited Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires, where red propaganda abounds. Walls full of graffiti calling for the death of neoliberalism, the boycott of the economy, the return to systems of social organization by communes. It is a latent and constant threat to take us all back to the age of darkness, to the gloom, to misery, to hunger, just as it happens in my native country: Venezuela.

More than 40 days have passed in Chile, and the capital city is still in chaos, in flames. The clashes between civilians and police continue to occur, even though or perhaps because Piñera has been extremely weak and permissive with the criminals who have destroyed the capital of Chilean.

Something similar is happening in Colombia today.

The Transmilenio stations, Bogota’s most important mass transportation system, have been attacked and broken by criminals, who have even dared to film themselves doing it to call it a continuation of the chaos, arguing that the state must pay for their destruction; damaging their fellow citizens, damaging themselves. All thanks to subversion, lies, the infiltration of agents of chaos, and the propagation of hatred and resentment as a symbolic political movement.

If the good people are cowardly in the face of evil, then we will have to kneel forever before the establishment of the misery distribution systems that they themselves seek to establish. The envoys of evil are not besieging the most serious thing; the most serious thing is the permissiveness of those who have the power to confront this great tragedy.

When the democratic factors of a region or country seek to confront the subversive and tyrannical attacks of rebel groups with conciliatory actions, they all begin to lose ground and democracy loses ground because whoever disrespects the right of others to impose their agenda is not framed within the constitution, and cannot be treated with caresses and dialogues.

The only destiny for any subversive must be a prison. And if that subversive gets out of control, forms a state, and a terrorist group to attack the other territories, then that gets out of all democratic logic and enters the field of war. There is no other option: we have to fight, take out our weapons, shoot or otherwise be complicit in how democratic systems gradually collapse, and we give in to cowardice in the face of evil.

It’s time to speak loud and clear. Individuals like Nicolas Maduro and Diosdado Cabello cannot and should not have human rights. Individuals who infiltrate evil cells to destroy democracies are not lambs of good light. Criminal systems and mafias are precisely that, criminal mafias, and these have never, ever in the history of humanity, been defeated with dialogue, reason, or appeasement. All the begotten of evil have been overcome with only one element: force, and in this case, either we impose the power of good, or we let ourselves be overwhelmed by the greatest scourges of Latin America.

The heads who lead the region’s unconventional war must fall. Until this happens, there will never be democratic guarantees, legal security, or economic growth in Latin America again. Poverty will continue to proliferate, and we will stay in this vicious circle of political instability and underdevelopment.

The Castros have been in Cuba for more than 60 years, Chavez’s remnants have been in Venezuela for more than 20 years. How many more years must pass? How many more misfortunes must happen until the leaders of the region understand that these criminal systems will never come to fruition? How far should this misfortune extend to decisively put a stop to it?

Opinion is by Emmanuel Rincón, first published at Panampost.com. Read the original here.