Colombia is still very popular, but to go a step further and leave that third-world side behind it needs something: peace. Undoubtedly, a peace agreement between the government and the guerrillas that doesn’t chop off words. With a clear and easily understandable path for everyone involved and for the international community to follow.
The Colombian guerrilla doesn’t have much of an ideology, it’s more of an alternative form of income for its thousands of members and their families. A Colombian economic alternative. But while no clear plan is set for including the thousands of people who need the guerrillas to eat, there won’t be a solid peace agreement.
Peace is the impetus needed to highlight Colombia’s credibility. A watershed between the old paramilitary, Uribe, guerrilla, and drug-related Colombia and the future Colombia. A huge market in the heart of America that could easily set the continent’s economic pace.
Right now everyone’s acting on their own interest. The FARC, too sure of winning the battle, plays too much with a fragile preliminary agreement, roaming armed around La Guajira, in a constant state of partying – without knowing if two days after signing they’ll all end up in jail. For now, they aren’t doing much to have a serious political stance; beyond inflated statements and appearances in la Havana, they have even acquired a “Cuban accent” which doesn’t bode much good.
All the evil of the Colombian reactionary right is acting against peace. If we understand Merkel or Cameron as right-winged in Europe, what falls under that label in Latin America is completely different. It’s the creme of the scourge, a pro-Nazi, Catholic, racist and elitist liaison that refuses to undergo any changes. They firmly maintain a state system based on disguised slavery: in country fashion, a good journalist makes $450 per month – slaves of a media system that belongs to few.
Thus, Colombia’s everyday is built on gossip, hatred and bad vibes. Its major economic thrust and the effort of millions of people who work seriously and solidly for a country that was advertised as an American tiger, see their efforts hampered by having to work in a realm of scandals and intrigues. The favorite sport isn’t football, it’s discrediting others due to greed and a chronic sense of social inferiority.
I’ve seen Colombia’s two faces, the embittered and greedy snake, who when realizing it can’t take advantage of you will try to attack you, lie and invent things – without being exposed. That Colombia of football, bullfighting and whores. But I also saw this country’s better face, and I’ll keep that face, but for a society, especially Colombia, to get its feet out of the mud and thrive, a lot seems to be lacking. Who will win? Colombia’s cheapest face leads the polls… time is running out.