The US Secretary of State smiled when he heard it, it’s not clear whether he knew that the President of Colombia was saying something that wasn’t true, or whether he was just giving a polite acknowledgement of the gesture Duque made to him.
Historians have said it: the rulers of the United States did not support the Liberator Simòn Bolìvar in his struggle for independence from the Spanish empire; so to declare the contrary is not so much a revelation of ignorance as an act of flattery by Ivàn Duque towards the head of the US diplomatic service during his visit to Cartagena on January 2nd.
Duque, who thus far had been noted for his unconditional support for US interests, has now added a note of flattery.
Although he was appointed by 10 million Colombians, Duque obeys first the dictates of Trump, which are as follows: to push for war against Venezuela and revive the failed War on Drugs; putting to one side the voluntary substitution of illegal crops which had been agreed with the peasant communities.
In the 150 days he has been President, sometimes he doesn’t listen to Uribe’s historic lieutenants but follows the advice of recently-promoted technocrats; but Uribe is always around to correct him and keep him in order, preventing any mistakes.
Thus they have imposed obedience on Congress so as to approve the Tax Reform and to prevent motions of censure against Carrasquilla, the Finance Minister and against the corrupt Solicitor General Martìnez.
Of course they have also destroyed the hopes of 12 million Colombian women and men who last August voted in the popular consultation against corruption in the belief that Congress would establish this expressed will of the majority as law.
Colombian governments are experts in the exchange of appointments and favours to manufacture Congressional majorities, so as to legislate in favour of the most powerful economic groups like that of Luis Carlos Sarmiento, and to favour agribusiness interests like cattle ranchers and palm oil magnates.
Victims of land seizures lose hope of restitution, because the paramilitary Anti Land Restitution Army (EART) has placed its collaborators in leading positions of public bodies dealing with land; while in Congress other assistants of theirs pass laws favouring the expropriators, to the detriment of the victims.
To complete the bad news, the Colombian state did not subscribe to the “Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and others who work in rural areas” approved at the UN General Assembly in New York on 17 December last. That declaration of 28 articles was approved by 121 countries with 8 votes against and 54 abstentions.
It is a historical fact that Colombian governments work in favour of the interests of Colombian multi-millionaires and the US, so Duque is continuing the historical tradition; even if it means increasing the war budget and reducing that for education, and by means of repression and censorship trying to silence the majority who protest against them.
In order to silence dissident voices Duque continues the regime’s habit of persecuting and killing social activists and defenders of human rights; thus he has achieved the record of assassinating 2 activists every 3 days, paying no attention to the criticisms coming from the international community.
The machine for killing oppositionists is run by a nucleus of military and police agents specialising in extra-judicial assassinations, known in Colombia as False Positives; in this also Duque is following the historical behaviour of the dominant elites.
Some of Uribe’s supporters were annoyed because in the end-of-year festivities some carnival floats portrayed Duque as a puppet of the ex-president, a criticism which they tried to silence. They should be reminded that reality cannot be changed by censorship laws such as they recently imposed on state TV programs or which they have included in several articles of the proposed law on IT. The popular majority will overcome censorship and repression and will demand that the government work for the majority of Colombians and not for a wealthy minority or for foreign interests. The same majority will keep struggling for the continuation of the peace process and to achieve changes which democratise Colombia.
Taken from http://eln-voces.com/un-duque-historico/