Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (C) talks during a meeting with high ranking military officials
at the Narino Palace in Bogota, August 14, 2002. The United States on Wednesday applauded
Uribe's new emergency tax to fund a military buildup against leftist rebels and said the measure
should encourage Washington to keep up its aid to the war-torn nation.
Continuation of the official
The world did not change when the twin
towers in New York were brought down, attacked by planes
commanded by supposed suicide operatives under orders from Bin
Laden (Made in CIA); it changed with the appropriation of the
presidency of the USA by G.W. Bush through a scandalous fraud,
for which the complicated and undemocratic north American
electoral system proved very useful, and his main stronghold
was the state of Florida, “coincidentally” governed by his
And since transnationalization is something that doesn’t
apply only to industries, the far west “cowboy” style of the
US president, his relations with the ENRON mafia, and other
rich boy mischief, 25% of the Colombian electorate chose his
Creole reflection, Álvaro Uribe, for their president.
Twenty-five percent that, thanks to the workings of a
democracy that is not a democracy of the majority, converts
one quarter into a half plus one.
Once again we Colombians have the shame of having a
president linked to drug trafficking. Uribe, who will be
incapable of applying political solutions to the grave crisis
that afflicts the country, is an obsequious servant of the
aggressive plans of the empire and the neoliberal model. The
future that looms is one of darkness and fog for the majority.
There is no need for a wizard to forecast that the dirty war
against the popular movement will intensify and that national
sovereignty will be a buried historical concept.
The anti-democratic structures of power in Colombia: the
use of terror as the principal mechanism of social control
(99 % of the trade unionists assassinated in the world are
Colombians), the absence of guarantees for the legal political
opposition (more than 5,000 members of the Patriotic Union
assassinated) and the permanence of a traditional elite in
power (Liberal-Conservative bi-partyism), produce
illegitimate, corrupt, sell-out presidents who follow the
orders of the empire to the letter.
Here is how the schizophrenic campaign unleashed by Bush is
starting to be applied point by point in Colombia. It begins
in spades with the legalization of the paramilitaries who
“offer” to break their ties with drug trafficking and hand
over their weapons, right in the very days when Uribe arrives
in the United States to have his interview with his president.
In this regard the Newseek headline, “Uribe, the friend of
Bush” speaks for itself.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman gestures during a press conference at Narino
Palace in Bogota, August 14, 2002. Grossman is visiting Colombia to meet with newly
inaugurated Colombian president Alvaro Uribe. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
After the visit and in spite of the sparce declarations
uttered by Uribe, agreements to reformulate “Plan Colombia”
are announced in keeping with his campaign to combat
“terrorism” (read the social struggle) with more official
terror, violation of human rights and criminalization of the
popular movement, legalization of paramilitaries and payments
to a million canaries – informers – and criminals with a
license to kill. All this in addition to his dream of bringing
an end to the armed struggle through military means, as if by
The history of official terrorism in Colombia, which has
operated under different names and rules and regulations –
death squads or paramilitary groups – is long, repetitive and
painful: the groups were “officialized” for the time it was
necessary. Later, in view of the national and international
pressure and the magnitude of their crimes, governments would
make their existence illegal.
During the twentieth century the presidents always said and
did the same thing: robbed, killed, indebted and gave away our
country’s natural resources to the international consortiums,
increasing the suffering, poverty, hunger and despair of the
majority of the population - in the year 2002, thirty-three
million Colombians are poor – to previously unknown levels.
The first president of the twenty-first century will continue
And so will the people. We have been able to combine forms
of social struggle in defence of dignity, peace and life. The
assassination of thousands of natural leaders, the
extermination plans carried out against the activists of the
Patriotic Union, Communist Party and other left political
parties, the daily massacres and atrocities committed against
the unarmed population and the thousands of political
prisoners converted automatically into terrorists for
demanding bread, peace, land or freedom have not made us go
backwards but rather are making the guerrilla struggle more
legitimate than ever.
The right of the peoples of the world to struggle against
corrupt governments imposed on them by a minority, and for the
legitimate exercise of constructing their own destiny freely,
cannot be eliminated or subjected to the whim of any power no
matter how huge it seems. The US government is sowing panic
and anxiety in the minds of its own citizens and launching
never-ending aggressive conflicts in different parts of the
planet using the excuse of the war against terrorism.
In Latin America there is already a response. Today, more
than ever, the struggle against war and racism, against
economic globalization and the neoliberal model, against state
terrorism and for sovereignty and self-determination of the
peoples to live a different life is being waged all over the
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