Political Unrest in Colombia
When most people think of the problems in Colombia, they believe they are drug related. The truth, however, is that Colombia has more problems than that. Over the last 38 years, the country has been involved in a civil war in which leftist rebels have been pitted against the government and other paramilitary groups. However, the paramilitary groups are now leaning towards peace talks and a cease-fire. It is possible that the last thirty-eight years of violence are about to come to a close. Back in the 1980’s, The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a paramilitary group that called themselves the AUC, arose to defend the government against rebel kidnappers. This right-wing group was composed of drug traffickers and ranchers, and became increasingly brutal to both rebels and civilians as time progressed. These people have even been labeled as terrorists by the United States government, and are wanted on charges of drug trafficking. The leftist rebels groups, The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and The National Liberation Army (ELN), began focusing their attention on attacks directed at the AUC. Thirty-eight years later, they are still fighting that same fight. All of that could change within the next
Castano claims that the AUC leaders are ready to sit down with the rebels and discuss a peace treaty. They go home at night and are just happy to be alive, and the only thing they hope for is to survive one more day. In talking about all the violence in Colombia, we are leaving out one very important group of people: the ordinary citizens. As a man in the book by Susan Rotker said, "I thought we are so screwed in this country that the only option left to us in the end is thanking the thieves" (137). It appears as though criminal activity and violence will never end. Assuming that the rebels even agree to the cease-fire and peace talks, would it really be enough to rebuild this country Colombia is saturated with crime, not only involving guerrilla groups and drug lords, but common criminals as well. Almost every citizen has had their lives affected in some way by criminal activity. Even though the book by Susan Rotker says that Columbia is headed toward an institutional collapse and it doesn"tmt seem as though peace talks and a cease-fire will be enough to save Colombia, for the sake of the innocent people, I hope that the paramilitary groups have the right idea. Whether the violence is political, drug-related, or just common crime makes no difference. Castano also holds that if attacked, the members will defend themselves. The men and women who want to live their lives in peace, but are afraid to even walk down the street. It is hard to believe that a cease fire from a few guerrilla and rebel groups will really fix all that is broken in the nation of Colombia. Carlos Castano, who commands about 70 percent of all paramilitary fighters including the AUC, has declared a cease-fire against the rebel groups. The only stipulation to the cease-fire is a request to the government for a guarantee that the AUC members will be protected from attacks by the rebels.
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