|Students walk past a poster celebrating dead FARC guerrilla leaders on the campus of the National University in Bogotá.|
|A faded poster on the National University campus |
celebrates the FARC''s 48th anniversary.
Will they make it to their 50th in 2016?
|Camilo Torres, the ELN's guerrilla-priest, in the |
National University. Will the ELN start negotiating, too?
Pres. Santos made a series of promises for rural development, including land redistribution and nutrition and educational programs. Those, of course, would only be extentions of programs which already exist. (But how can Santos really commit the Colombian government if he doesn't win reelection?)
|FARC founder Manuel Marulanda and |
others in Marquetalia.
It's also still an open question whether the FARC as an organization will be able to enforce any agreement upon their far-flung fronts. Those fronts earn fortunes thru narcotrafficking and extortion: Will they be willing to give up such 'success' and turn themselves in to authorities, very possibly to face imprisonment? For that matter, will the Colombian government - which in the past has colaborated with right-wing paramilitaries - live up to its part of any bargain?
And, if the guerrillas do make peace, might other violent organization simply take their place?
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours