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The Colombian Episcopate and "Dialogue" with Guerrillas: A Solution or a Move Backwards? (I).

By CubDest Servicio de Difusión.

Edited by Federico errero

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We call your attention to the insistence of high-ranking Colombian churchmen on "dialogue" with the cruel drug guerrillas of Castroite inspiration, as the only option to resolve the conflict in Colombia.

Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, who simultaneously is president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia (CEC) and of the Latin-American Episcopal Council (CELAM), has just urged the guerrilla groups to begin a "civilized dialogue" and encouraged the government of President Uribe to "extend a hand to the insurgency." A short time before, the final document of the annual summit of the CEC had also insisted on dialogue as "the only alternative" to the armed conflict in Colombia.

It is fitting to note that this episcopal insistence is given at a moment when the Communist drug guerrillas are on the defensive, suffering serious military reverses and facing a growing condemnation on the part of public opinion. Bishop Luis Augusto Castro himself, the bishop of Tunja and member of the Commission of Conciliation, recognized the "isolation" in which the guerrillas find themselves and the "urgent" need "to recover the national and international terrain" they have lost, in order to survive.

If the Communist guerrillas are in such an unfavorable position - due to the firmness shown up to now by the Colombian government, which has done nothing other than comply with its obligation and interpret the profound desires of the majority of the population - it is to be asked if the pledge of the episcopate to "dialogue" at all costs will not contribute to giving political-military oxygen to the guerrillas, who would be able to take advantage of the decrease of the military conflict to regroup and rearm themselves. If this were to occur, independently of the intentions of the high-level promoters of dialogue, Colombia and the world would be able to witness the sad role of the Shepherds going to the aid of the red wolves, contradicting the aspirations and the sacred interests of their very own flock. The opposite of constituting a solution, the "dialogue" promoted by the Episcopate would thus be able to contribute to a political and psychological move backward on the part of that important South American nation, prolonging the climate of civil war that corrodes it.

In the center of this whole question the word "dialogue" seems to be found, and the "talismanic" use that so often has been given to it, throughout the twentieth century and in what has passed of the twenty-first century, to demobilize those who defend the principles of the Christian civilization, with obvious benefit for the left.

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