Today's Presidential Election in Colombia: The Tragedy of Our Close Neighbor.

  • WrestlerBoy

    Posts: 1903

    Jun 15, 2014 12:20 PM GMT
    Bogotá, Colombia
    June 15 2014

    Today's presidential election here - which will in all likelihood determine whether the current government continues peace talks in Havana with the FARC, or a new right-wing government reverts to the status quo - is a good time to remind ourselves of some of the statistics pertinent to the 50-year-old conflict here, in a country which is a major U.S. ally, and only 3 hours from Miami.

    As a comparison:

    Arab-Israeli Conflict, since 1920 (96 years):
    Killed: 110,000
    Wounded: 100,000

    Colombian Conflict, since 1958 (56 years):
    Killed: 250,000 (82% of whom were non-combatant civilians)
    Wounded: 700,000
    Number of Internally Displaced Persons: 5.5 million (second only to Sudan)
    Number of people made widows and orphans: 650,000

    Colombia has the greatest number of placed landmines of any country:
    Number of landmine deaths since 1990: 10,000
    Number of landmine injuries since 1990: 105,000

    Yet so many of we Americans would be hard pressed to find Colombia on a map.


  • tj85016

    Posts: 4123

    Jun 15, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
    you expect a legit election in a country who's primary contributor to GDP is coke?

    Gloria from Modern Family should be President of Columbia.

    The US has it's nasty footprint all over Venezuela also.
  • WrestlerBoy

    Posts: 1903

    Jun 15, 2014 3:16 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidyou expect a legit election in a country who's primary contributor to GDP is coke?

    Gloria from Modern Family should be President of Columbia.

    The US has it's nasty footprint all over Venezuela also.


    According to the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization of American States... and me, the pre-run-off elections here were statistically flawless.

    And Colombia's main export is.... the flowers you buy in any store at home; followed by coffee; THEN coke.

    And it is, of course, ColOmbia (ColUmbia is a university in New York, the name of a couple of U.S. cities, and another name for North America).

    In 1977, only three of the former 19 Spanish colonies in Latin America (Costa Rica, Venezuela, and, "mostly" Colombia) were democracies: Today, all of them are... except Cuba.