|A man examines destruction in a rural school, allegedly |
destroyed by the FARC, in Caqueta. (Foto: El Tiempo)
I have one simple question about the ongoing negotiations with the FARC guerrillas: Can we trust these characters enough to talk to them?
We've long known that the FARC were vicious and unscrupulous. They've kidnapped children, murdered and displaced civilians and planted landmines. (I've talked to campesinos who've suffered all of these rights violations at the FARC's hands.)
|In this cartoon from El Tiempo, a FARC leader exclaims: |
'We left more than 60 children without their school?
We must provide those children with an alternative.
Still, bargaining with such a vicious group may be a necessary evil to end the armed conflict which has cost so much money and so many lives.
But if the guerrillas are so unprincipled (or have so little control over their own fronts) that they won't honor any agreement, then what's the point?
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours