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Voters in Colombia choose Santos and Cuba-brokered ‘peace,’ will soon discover they will get neither

Voters in Colombia yesterday decided to reelect Juan Manuel Santos as president on the promise of achieving -- with the help of Cuba's terrorist sponsoring Castro dictatorship -- peace with the Marxist terrorist group FARC. Soon, however, they will discover that by allowing the terrorist Cuban dictatorship to broker "peace" with terrorists they themselves support, Colombians will be neither getting santos (saints) nor peace any time soon.

Via Reuters:

Colombia's Santos re-elected, tells rebels it's time for peace

Colombia's presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos celebrates with wife Maria Clemencia (L) his daugther Maria Antonia (2nd L) and his sons Martin (back C), Esteban (back R) and Vice President German Vargas after winning a second term in the country's presidential elections in Bogota June 15, 2014. REUTERS-Jose Miguel Gomez

(Reuters) - President Juan Manuel Santos vowed to bring peace to Colombia after winning re-election on Sunday, telling Marxist rebels his victory shows that voters demand an end to five decades of war.

Santos, a center-rightist who has staked his reputation on securing a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), won almost 51 percent support in the runoff election on Sunday. His right-wing rival Oscar Ivan Zuluaga trailed with 45 percent.

The election divided Colombia between voters who support a deal to end Latin America's longest-running insurgency and Zuluaga's backers who want to force the rebels into a battlefield surrender.

"This is the end of more than 50 years of violence and the start of a new Colombia," Santos said after his election victory, holding up a hand daubed with the word "peace" and wearing a trademark pin of a white dove on his lapel. "A Colombia at peace with itself."

Santos opened talks with the FARC in late 2012. The conflict has killed over 200,000 people and forced millions more from their homes.

Last week, Santos also revealed preliminary talks with a smaller rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), and he said on Sunday the Colombian people were now insisting on peace.

"The demand is not just for the government. Today's message is for the FARC and the ELN and it's a clear message - this is the end," the center-right president said surrounded by family.

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1 comment to Voters in Colombia choose Santos and Cuba-brokered ‘peace,’ will soon discover they will get neither

  • asombra

    Look, if Colombians can't indulge in magical realism, nobody can. Gabo would be proud. However, to be fair, despite ineffectual (or worse) presidents, Colombia has managed to avoid actually falling to "revolutionary" forces. Cuba, on the other hand, fell to the "revolution" in the most embarrassing way possible: willingly and eagerly.

    There may be something to the fact that the inventor of "magical realism" was not Gabo but an older Cuban novelist, Alejo Carpentier. Gabo just took that ball and ran with it. Carpentier tried his best to be "correct" politically, meaning leftist and pro-Castro, but he never got the Nobel Prize he desperately coveted. Gabo was better at playing that game, and having Fidel as his BFF didn't hurt any.