The president's country does not match the one inhabited by millions of his countrymen. Observing the drama of the more than six million victims of the conflict, or the manipulated figures of those who survive in conditions of absolute misery and poverty, would be enough to prove it. According to the established measurements, those earning the minimum wage are potentates, as their incomes are five times higher than the poverty indicators.
?They always find some statistics to prove that the nightmare is a matter of the past?
This is the art of neoliberal thinking: to merge all the numbers into absurd parameters. Like the growth rate of the economy, which should make us happy, without paying attention to the distribution of such collective wealth, which goes to only a few people. As it is higher than in the United States and Europe, they want us to believe that we are richer than they are, even if it is their transnational companies that take away the lion's share.
Same goes for unemployment. And for violence. They always find some statistics to prove that the nightmare is a matter of the past. Even new concepts are created to distort the obvious reality, which isn't dramatic but just 'a matter of perceptions and erroneous impressions'. This is why they do anthological things like unveiling a plaque in honor of the British who died in the attempt to invade Cartagena in the eighteenth century. The Prince of Wales had to be pleased.
And convince all those ignorant Indians and blacks of the enormous importance of dying on the soil of their homeland due to the troops of a powerful empire; at the same time they are preparing themselves for the moment in which they'll have the honor of dying under the Marines' boots. The fact that James and Bacca, as they are called here by their compatriots, are stars in the King's Cup is not a sign of our prosperity and faith in the future, but a proof of our condition of plundered country.
These are the fairy tales with which the ruling oligarchy seeks to idiotize a people that is victim of enormous shortcomings
The fact that one or two dozen national players perform successfully at world renowned clubs, while hundreds of thousands or millions of young people in Tumaco, Buenaventura, Apartad?, C?cuta, Quibd?, Cartagena or any other town, lack not only an opportunity to join a sports club, but also to eat, study or sleep in a decent bed, does not make us different from countries of black Africa with great football stars in Europe.
These are the fairy tales with which the ruling oligarchy seeks to idiotize a people that is victim of enormous shortcomings. They tell us, with exalted pride, that the Colombians will not require a visa anymore to enter the EU and we are supposed to be happy about that, knowing that the vast majority of our compatriots don't even have a single chance in life to go with their families on vacation to our Caribbean beaches.
Same thing happens with the President's fairy tale about peace. His tour across the old continent aims at convincing the big investors of these economies - in deep crisis -, that there will be a place where they will have excellent business opportunities. The richest biodiversity on the planet, oil and gas fields, new-type coal and minerals, wonderful soil for agrofuels. All ready to the highest bidder.
The story of peace serves the oligarchy to sell anything
With a workforce ready to be employed in deplorable conditions and small owners or poor landowners, who won't be any obstacle to the installation of the enclaves. In Colombia, the forced displacement of the population is a matter of routine. You can always swindle beneficial strategic alliances with them or, if not, pressure them to leave their land for the sake of prosperity. Examples abound, such as Buenaventura and its slaughtering houses (1).
They guarantee the expansion of strategic private harbors. The story of peace serves the oligarchy to sell anything. Imagine that the FARC stop producing drugs, says Santos, and start to contribute to the total eradication of illicit crops. That would mean the end of deforestation, too. He is blatantly misrepresenting the meaning of the agreement made in Havana on this issue, which aims at combating the powerful mafias entrenched in the state.
They maintain a clear relationship of support with the financial sector, which is growing largely due to operations of dirty money laundering. What we agreed on the fourth item on the Agenda is that crop growers and drug addicts should have a beneficial criminal treatment, with health programs for the latter and state programs of comprehensive agricultural support and infrastructure for the first group.
Drug trafficking is a phenomenon which is inherent to the globalized economy of Colombia and many other countries
In all this, the FARC will be able to contribute to what is within our reach. So what President Santos and his spokesmen are repeating during each of their visits is a lie about the size of a skyscraper. This isn't the way to work for peace. They don't even notice that while they lie, scandals like Colonel Mestre (2) spring to light, an icon of the fight against drugs, involved to the bottom in this thriving illegal business.
This right-hand man with his long, heroic career symbolizes the real situation of the criminal phenomenon of drug trafficking and its infiltration to the bottom in Colombian institutions. While Santos, who proclaimed himself as the greatest enemy of the FARC in history, claimed victory in the war against this crime, in which drug barons no longer existed, the authorities themselves revealed the name Kike Jaramillo as the great new drug baron who has to be captured.
Drug trafficking is a phenomenon which is inherent to the globalized economy of Colombia and many other countries. The victorious relations of Uribe with the drug mafias and the paramilitary show the great difficulties that arise if we want to eradicate this criminal practice in the country. The fact that Santos, who became president in an attempt to recover the power for the traditional oligarchy, doesn't condemn nor isolate Uribe, sows many doubts about its real independence.
And about his sincere desire for peace. One would say that the idea is to make the guerrillas disappear to guarantee the broadest possible market for the transnationals. And make the existence of the military - and other sinister state security apparatus - necessary. More so, reinforcing them with a law for the military that rewards the violence against the protests of social and political discontent with total impunity, so that the elites of excellence can trample James' and Bacca's country freely.
Colombian jungle, November 8, 2014.
(1) Slaughtering houses (casas de pique, in Spanish): These are places where victims are being tortured, dismembered and assassinated by paramilitary gangs. The "casas de pique" in Buenaventura became famous after they were discovered this year.
(2) Nestor Enrique Maestre is a coronel member of the national Police, who was captured in April this year, because he was one of the ten drug barons behind the - failed - sending of seven tons of cocaine in the port of Buenaventura