|Not One Woman, Not One Man, Not One Dollar for War|
|No War in My Name!|
Everybody in their right minds wishes it would end!
But in the late 1990s the Pastrana government tried to negotiate with the FARC guerrillas, even giving them a region larger than Switzerland in southern Colombia to use as a neutral negotiating region. But the guerrillas were apparently never sincere, and Colombia's two succeeding presidents have used a no-holds-barred military strategy, with billions of dollars in aid from Washington. The military offensive has produced results - altho with a big cost in human rights - and made both presidents Alvaro Uribe and Manuel Santos very popular.
Today, the guerrillas continue invading towns and attacking vehicles in remote parts of the country and display little interest in negotiating peace. When groups like Women in Black call for an end to war, they often seem to be demanding a unilateral government disarmament.
International Encounter of Women in Black
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours