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Gabriel Ángel is writer and guerrilla fighter of the FARC-EP
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 08:20

The country of skeptics that must be left behind

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It starts in earnest this 2018, in the midst of the difficulties of the tropical country that we had to live in.


That a bridge built by a company of the many that make up the tangle of the largest capitals in the country collapses, and that it costs the lives of a large number of its workers, is just typical of our Macondian reality.

Judicious investigations are announced that we know from the beginning will lead to nothing. It is clear that the law here is for those of ruana. That is why it does not matter much whether two former FARC guerrillas are murdered by unknown assailants in a lost town of Bajo Cauca. After all, what were they doing holding political meetings there without the due protection?

Who does not know that in Colombia there are territories dominated by narco-paramilitary mafias, where control over mining and the movements of its inhabitants are subject to careful scrutiny. So it's not strange for reincorporated FARC members to be killed in one of those corners. After all, the war must have left many resentments.

Similarly, a military helicopter crashing into the ground in the mining area of ​​Antioquia, with the tragic balance of ten Colombians killed, is just one more anecdote in our nation. It is normal that the suspicion indicates that it has been hit from the ground by ELN guerrillas or criminal gangs that are strong in the area.

As it is normal that the military high command immediately speaks to disprove the imagery of this society eaten away by distrust, with the unambiguous argument that the statements of a number of witnesses completely rule out that possibility. It was simply a strange accident to investigate.

In the same way, no one is surprised when six police officers are victims of an ambush set up by one of those dissident groups of the FARC that abandoned the peace process. We live in a country where, when the guerrilla violence of the largest and most powerful insurgent organization ends thanks to a Peace Agreement, thousands of other violence take the stage.

That's why the up and down with the ELN is not disconcerting. It would have been strange shouldn’t happen that way. For two consecutive months, a bilateral ceasefire was in place, which was supposed to be extended when the talks in Quito were resumed. For whatever it was, things did not happen as expected, so the blasting, the attacks and the official operations return.

In spite of the fact that the whole country is calling for an agile return to both the peace talks and the shattered ceasefire. The pope, the secretary general of the UN, the communities trapped by the confrontation, the FARC party, the whole of the nation ask for it. But when, in Colombia, has sanity been the dominant rule?

As was evident at the Cartagena summit, with the presence of international observers assessing the compliance with the Havana Agreements, the national government, or better, the Colombian State, has been too negligent, not to say indisposed to comply with the given word. Has the establishment ever complied with someone?

So nothing prevents starting the year with a hectic election campaign. First for the legislative power of the country, and then for the Presidency of the Republic. And what do the most serious aspirants to the top positions of national leadership offer to Colombia? Except for some honorable exceptions that really look to the future, what is clear is that it is the same as always.

Worse still with the most renowned and wealthy among them, who rather than looking to the future aspire to return to a past even more infamous than the present we live. It is sad to see the very low average participation of Colombians in the polls, which barely exceeded by half a point 43% of the potential of the voters in the elections to Congress in 2014.

And that barely reached 40% of the electoral census in the elections that took Juan Manuel Santos for the second time to the Presidency of the Republic, not to mention that, within the total of the vote, were counted almost eight hundred thousand blank votes, a nothing negligible 6%.

From all of which it follows that we are a country of skeptics, that does not believe in anything or anyone.

And that is why it carries the cross that crushes it behind his back.

But there is an alternative, a new way of doing politics, of taking to power the power of the absent people forever in making decisions that affect it. And that on the 27th of this month will be publicly launched on stage in a public event in Ciudad Bolívar.

The country will soon hear it.

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 08:25