Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Annie, May 19, 2008.
Even if Congress refuses to help them:
Columbia's President Uribe used to be a very close friend of Pablo Escobar.
In fact when Uribe was mayor of Medellin. He rubber stamped the construction of airports Escobar's cartel used to smuggle drugs out of Columbia and into the U.S.
Anyways, Columbia is one screwed up country.
All of Colombia's elite could be said to be "good friends" even those who come in from the outside like Escobar. This is because they hold economy so close to the chests and in so few hands that they can't help but mingle and trip over each other. That doesn't mean they are friends. Uribe is the first to truly break away from the status quo and take on certain elements that have been so long entrenched in their country they have nearly become a part of their culture. He has tread a very dangerous path, motivated by the death of his father, that could be considered extreme to the point of recklessness, by his detractors, but has been necessary, by those who know the situation. He a liberator and deserves our support.
"He may be a bastard, but he is our bastard!"
How many ways are there to spell idiot? Case point.
The Colombian people don't think so and they are the ones to know and appreciate what he's doing and, ultimately, the ones who count>
And how many Columbians turned out for the elections?
I believe I read 45 per cent and Uribe himself got 62 per cent of the vote.
Which roughly means only 28 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in favor of the president. All this amid, a promise not to disrupt elections by guerrilla organizations.
Hardly the will of the people.
Uribe may or may not be worse than his enemies.
But he is no doubt a Latin strongman with a questionable history.
You think an American President with so much as a whisper of ties to a New York city Crime lord would ever get elected in the United States?
I don't think so.
John Kennedy Got elected didn't he? Hillary Clinton is not out of the race yet is she?
How's John F Kennedy sound to you?
Of course he's a strong Man!! Who else could do what he's doing? This is not a mamby pamby thing he's doing. He's not playing in a PC environment where he has to tip toe around peoples childish feelings. He's fighting an internal war against a large group of souless thugs that make the mafia look like kindergarten bullies. And it isn't just one group he's had to contend with.
He's also had to deal with a right winged organization who was just as ruthless, a political body where corruption is just "business as usual", and an ego maniac in a next door country who harbors these criminals and is spending his countries oil wealth like a drunken sailor to buy votes, favors, alliances from everyone in the region.
The FARC is not a political party nor a people's movement. They are organized criminals funded by drug money and kidnapping and powered by terrorist activities. You wonder why the percentage of voters is not higher? When is the last time you voted with someone standing outside your booth with an AK-47? There are still too many scared to vote. Colombia is in a fight for their life.
I don't care who pulls me out of a fire. The fact that he did is all that matters. I don't care if he was once a thug, a momma's boy, Democrat, Republican, gay, or martian. What's he's doing now is what has been needed for years and for that I'm grateful.
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