Jose Steinsleger – La Jornada
For the remainder of his term, the tenant in the Black House will try to carry out, in any way possible, a pair of bold political moves: the overthrow of the Bolivian President Evo Morales, and the support of the über-narco-paramilitary President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, godfather of all Colombian mafia godfathers.
Apolinar Diaz-Callejas, an eminent international barrister, described the situation of the South American country as something “incredible” and “never before seen.” Not for no reason: 33 official legislators are behind bars, 70 more are under investigation, while their president has “84% popularity,” according to Mitofsky, the gringo polling firm that deserves its name.
We should remember Luis Guillermo Giraldo, the ex-ambassador from Colombia to Mexico, when he took great offense to the statements of this writer that 3/4 of the Congress in his country was composed of deputies and senators linked to drug trafficking and paramilitary cartels (El Correo Ilustrado, July 8, 2006).
As respectful of diplomatic investiture as I am, I thought that perhaps my sources had been manipulated by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and bad vibes. But then I learned that on January 2, 2005, while driving in his car down Insurgentes Avenue, from south to north, Mr. Luis made an illegal left turn and hit a Metrobus.
The gentleman ended up in the hospital, and due to the accident, a young person from the embassy insists that his boss turned out wrong in the head. “He believed himself to be surrounded by FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia) collaborators on all sides,” he told me. In November of 2006, Giraldo was replaced by Mr. Luis Camilo Osorio.
An ideologue of “democratic security,” Osorio is a strong supporter of Uribe’s drama: lead and chainsaws, against a backdrop of thousands of campesinos who weep for their massacred families, and nearly 4 million displaced people. Colombia’s Attorney General between 2001 and 2005, he has been accused of abetting massacres, extra-judicial executions, and the clandestine burials of hundreds of people. But Carlos Fazio has already fully covered Mr. Ambassador’s patriotic services to Colombia (La Jornada, June 17, 2007).
Last November, the president of the Senate Human Rights Commission, Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, asked the federal government to withdraw the aforesaid ambassador, for “coordinating the activities of undercover Colombian agents in Mexico.”
And there you have it. On April 10th, a straightforward report appeared in one of the Capital’s newspapers, under a big headline which said, “Union Leader Found to be the Nexus With the FARC.” Naturally, the source for the shocking tale was the famous atomic computer belonging to Raúl Reyes, the gunned down FARC commander. Who was linked with the “union leader?” Bingo! Rosario Ibarra de Piedra.
Indifferent to what awaits him in the justice tribunals of his country, Osorio has just sent Dr. José Narro, the UNAM president, a letter in which, with all the insolence of someone who generally ignores the law, he suggests directing his condemnation toward the Mexican students who were present in the FARC camp, and not at President Uribe.
In recent days, Colombian Justice ordered the capture of Mario Uribe Escobar (cousin and partner of the narco-president), ex-Senate leader and founder of the Colombian Democratic Party, the parliamentary support base for the terrorist regime.
The cousin took refuge in the Costa Rican embassy and asked for political asylum. But the Movement of Victims of State Crimes (Movice) went over there, and accompanied by mariachis, sang: “Here you are to go, to go, to go, and you’ve not gone…”
President Oscar Arias’s embassy announced that it considered the fugitive’s application to be inappropriate. “The historic institution of asylum must not be stripped of its virtue,” said the communique. Simultaneously, the mafioso’s empty parliament seat was taken by Senator Ricardo Elcure Chacón; something which led to Justice ordering the immediate capture of the substitute, and so on, with the rest of the criminal representatives of “democratic paramilitarism.”
Apolinar insists that the satrap’s familiar and political alliances are “…running at full speed toward the abyss and the chaos of a public administration from whom paramilitaries, para-politicians and drug traffickers derive their power.” (Argenpress, April 23, 2008.)
His predictions are far from simple desires. Just as in Saturn Devouring His Children, Goya’s shattering painting, the paramilitary bloc that maintains the most murderous regime in Colombia’s history is cracking at the seams, without any way out. Cornered by the Supreme Court, its members have begun to destroy one another.
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