|Nelson Mandela's image on Bogotá's City Hall. Is there a resemblance to the mayor inside? Interestingly, the term 'Humanidad' resembles the city's 'Bogotá Humana' slogan. Coincidence?|
|Bogotá Mayor Petro. |
Like Nelson Mandela?
Forgiving the FARC - or at least punishing them lightly and allowing them political participation - may be the price Colombia must pay for peace.
Petro did spend two years in prison for illegal possession of weapons, during which time he says he was tortured. However, that can't compare with Mandela's decades of imprisonment. And many Colombians feel that the government's treatment of the M-19, who transformed themselves into a political party and have attained prominent positions in Congress and regional governments, has been overly forgiving.
Petro, who has presidential ambitions, may aspire to some play the same healing role in Colombia that Mandela did in South Africa.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours