|El Tiempo's home page today quotes Santos saying that 'A peaceful Colombia is unstoppable.'|
|Santos looks to 'Conquer peace,' according to |
inconveniently for Santos, however, the FARC know this, too. And they've taken advantage of Santos' commitment by escalating their attacks recently, mostly in the impoverished the Pacific coast region, including an attack which killed a two-year-old girl.
|A FARC bombardment killed a two-year-old girl.|
The last time that the government tried to talk peace with the guerrillas, the FARC used a truce and a demobilized region to strengthen themselves and hold kidnap victims.
But, by refusing a truce, Santos left himself open to the danger that the guerrillas' violence against civilians could cause public opinion to reject the whole idea of making peace with criminals.
The guerrillas, on the other hand, want to make their violent power felt at the negotiating table in Havana, Cuba. But, besides all the suffering they're causing, they risk overplaying their hand. If they do so, Santos may have no choice but to abandon the talks - despite his own great ambitions.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours