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No peacful democracy in Colombia

I was very disappointed by the speech given by Colombian President Virgilio M. Barco '43 during Commencement on Monday, June 4.

First of all, he tried to compare very different political situations -- the Philippines and Eastern Europe -- with the peaceful transition voted on and accepted by the people of Chile in 1980. The so-called "no" vote is the same as any other democratic poll around the world. It was made peacefully, without the extreme violence that exists in "democratic" Colombia.

Barco was right when he declared that his country is in a unique position. But it is unique because it is the only country in Latin America where organized crime murders presidential candidates, Supreme Court ministers, judges and journalists.

Fernando F. Mujica G->