Colombia has been baffled by the recent presidential announcement that officially sets in motion a new peace process with Marxist guerrillas. This agreement had been quietly in the works for over two years, ever since Dr. Juan Manuel Santos’ election as President, or perhaps even earlier.This shocking announcement can irrevocably change the destiny of our nation while generating adverse effects on neighboring countries also afflicted by the narco-terrorist guerrillas. For this reason, the Colombian Society Tradition and Action cannot fail to call the nation’s attention to prevent a matter of such importance from being carried forward with levity and thoughtlessness.
Negotiations With Guerrillas Stem From a False Concept of Peace
From 1982 to 2002, all the successive administrations at the presidential palace conducted naive peace processes with the guerrilla groups. Clearly, those fateful 20 years were marked by the thunderous failure of all peace negotiations and only led to increased violence, the strengthening of narco-terrorism, intimidation of society, a pseudo legitimization of the terrorist guerrillas and hopelessness throughout a vast sector of opinion.
The more concessions made to the guerrillas on the pretext of attaining the much desired peace, the greater their insolence and crimes. Colombians will never forget the Dantesque episodes of the assault on the Palace of Justice by the M-19 guerrilla group when all its members had been pardoned, nor the no less disgraceful days of the Caguan Region demilitarized zone during the previous peace process with the FARC. That area became the epicenter of kidnapping, crime, terrorism and drug trafficking.
However, this bleak picture changed radically since 2002, when the country had enough of so many capitulations. For two consecutive mandates it decided to elect former President Uribe, who fulfilled his promise of developing a security policy for Colombians by ditching the pernicious system of surrendering in order to achieve peace. This is not the time to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of his administration, but all of Colombia recognizes that in those eight years we became once again a safe country and regained international credibility while at the same time legitimate development and progress spread throughout our territory.
These genuine advances toward authentic peace led a vast majority of Colombians to elect as president the then Minister of Defense, whom they saw as the legitimate successor to carry on the work of a government that was leading us through the best of roads. As a result, Dr. Juan Manuel Santos was supported at the polls by more than nine million votes, or over 60% of the voters.
But lo and behold, instead of seeing the strong and clear stand of the previous government, with great embarrassment we found ourselves back to the same negotiation system that had been the source of the misfortunes and tragedies that Colombia has experienced in recent decades. Having been chosen to continue on the path that brought us so many benefits, President Santos decided instead to take the opposite way, forcing us to return to a situation that the vast majority of Colombians do not want.
Where does the current government intend to lead us with these negotiations? Let us not forget that the Marxists’ concept of peace is very different from ours. For them, talking about peace is a means of achieving power, a form of wrestling, a strategy of revolutionary conquest. Peace and dialogue are Marxists’ code names to designate their war against Christian civilization.
While the peace we all want is a sacred fruit of justice and is attained in a context of deep respect for tradition, family and property, the guerrillas are motivated by doctrinal Marxist hatred against these sacred values of Christian Civilization. The peace they seek is not the “tranquility of order” as defined by St. Augustine and desired throughout Colombia, but on the contrary, it is a political State that allows them to seize power, subject society, dominate persons and institutions and impose an anarchic-communist regime by force. Let no one fool himself: this is their final goal!
Very apropos is an assertion by the illustrious Brazilian thinker, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, a great scholar in Revolutionary Psychological Warfare: “Whenever and wherever a diplomatic confrontation takes place between delirious warmongers and delirious pacifists, advantage will smile to the former and frustration to the latter.” (Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, “Churchill, the Ostrich and South America,” Folha de S.Paulo, Jan. 31, 1971.)
Repeating the Errors of the Past
Let us see the naive and blind moves that led us to failure in previous negotiations with the FARC and other terrorist groups and are now being repeated point by point:
• The subversive groups never gave up their weapons nor renounced their methods.
• They never released hundreds of kidnapped compatriots nor made any commitment to no longer abduct anyone. It is unacceptable for the Colombian president to swallow the cynical assertion that they no longer hold kidnapped people.
• They never made a commitment to no longer carry out terrorist acts against the civilian population.
• They killed and wounded soldiers and policemen every day.
• They never stopped terrorist actions against indigenous and peasant populations and kept recruiting their children for war.
• The more agreements were signed, the greater was the intimidation by armed groups against the country’s political, judicial and governing authorities.
• The successive governments ended up by accepting all the conditions imposed by the guerrillas even though the latter did not meet any of the signed agreements.
• Nor did they renounce their criminal activity as Colombia’s leading drug cartel which generates huge illegal and clandestine resources that have been the driving force of their war against the Colombian State and society.It is likewise unacceptable to believe that the FARC have nothing to do with drug trafficking.
The Colombian government implemented massive reforms that supposedly would lead us to obtain the much desired peace. It reformed the Constitution, transformed the justice system, gave the guerrillas political status, appointed them to countless public offices; allowed them to reach elected office; demilitarized whole regions like El Caguan, suspended many military operations against terrorist groups; pardoned their crimes; fired many officers at the express requirement of the guerrillas; prosecuted and jailed thousands of members of the Armed Forces merely on the basis of rumors and false accusations spread by an insidious and malicious political force dedicated to wage war on the police and army from inside the courts in order to paralyze and demoralize the armed forces whose duty is to fight them.
A New Caguán Where the Future of Colombia Is Negotiated
Will we return to the shameful days when the State was destroyed by a guerrilla movement that waged war in all Colombian cities while at the same time talking peace at the negotiating table? We do not know. But if we make the same mistakes of the past it is obvious that we will get there once again with the complicity of all those who applaud this new process with unqualified enthusiasm. They assume that this time the government and guerrillas are acting in good faith when in fact this honorable principle of negotiation was obviously the first to be dumped in all the earlier negotiations and most likely in the current one as well.
This time we will not be giving up the Caguan, an area of 40,000 km2 and a section of jungle territory away from Colombian development poles, but something that will have even more tragic consequences. Unbeknownst to the public, enveloped a mysterious secret and with the unconditional applause of many who hold political, economic and religious authority, a move is underway to shape a new State according to the requirements of Marxist subversion. In exchange for a supposed peace, they are not surrendering a small territory but the very future of Colombia!
The Nefarious Example of Kerensky
We do not want President Juan Manuel Santos to go down in history with the epithet of the late President Eduardo Frei Montalva, known as the “Chilean Kerensky” for having paved the way for Marxist Allende. He was repeating what Alexander Kerensky did in Russia for the Bolsheviks by enabling them to seize power. May God free Colombia from such a catastrophe!
Tradition and Action publishes this document to alert the Government and all Colombians, especially the vast majority being put aside in the process of negotiations with the FARC. Colombian public opinion is led to believe that this way to peace, so often frustrated by the deceptions of the guerrillas, is the only possible one. And this at the very moment when the guerrillas are about to be
defeated and the country shows outstanding signs of prosperity, development and peace.
As Catholics, on closing these considerations we address Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, the illustrious patroness of Colombia, asking her not to allow our country to be demolished by a Marxist minority which for decades has traumatized it with their crimes and terrorist attacks and which, with the government’s consent, now seeks to impose its tyranny with the fallacious pretext that it is the only way attain peace.
Bogota, September 24, 2012
Colombian Society Tradition and Action
Sociedad Colombiana Tradición y Acción