Contradictions between right-wing assertions and fact are such fun, especially when they’re blatant. Check out, for example, the gulf between this assertion…
President Alvaro Uribe said Friday that Colombia’s institutions are now free of infiltration and corruption by right-wing militias blamed for some of the nation’s worst human rights abuses.
In a nationally televised address, Uribe said his government has “overcome paramilitarism.”
“Today paramilitarism no longer exists because combat against leftist rebels is now, in practice, the exclusive work of our democratic institutions,” Uribe declared in the speech to Congress marking Colombia’s independence day.
…and this fact:
A group of jailed right-wing Colombian paramilitary leaders have indefinitely pulled out of the peace process.
They are protesting against a recent Supreme Court decision to try them as common criminals, rather than for political crimes.
As part of the country’s controversial justice and peace law, they were entitled to special treatment.
Some 31,000 paramilitaries demobilized under a 2003 peace pact with Uribe’s government, though an associated scandal has questioned its integrity.
Looks like paramilitarism is not so “overcome” after all. Those guys are the shit that will hit the fan the instant they leave jail. And you know what happens when shit hits a fan, don’t you?
And I wouldn’t be so sure the institutions of Colombia are clean now–need I remind you all of the connections between the president’s own cousin, a senator, and the paramilitaries? Or those between the brother of the foreign minister and the paramilitaries? Not to mention the direct ties between the president himself and the paramilitaries? That’s the scandal.
Frankly, I don’t think Colombia will see an end to paramilitarism until two things happen: a leftist is elected, and everyone in his government is clean of all subversive ties. That ain’t the case with Double-Talkin’ Alvaro!
And this is who Harpo wants to forge free trade agreements with? Ugh. Why not just openly take up with a mafia don?