In the field of ideas, sometimes sadly far from the reality that Colombians live daily, we are usually exposed to one of the great sins of those who have the responsibility of managing and executing. And that sin, the eighth if we were to expand the list of capitals, is called disconnection.
If the ideas, if the proposals, if the good intentions are not connected to reality, it will be difficult for them to overcome the scenario of the sand castles that children build on the edge of the beaches.
The government that is starting up cannot be blamed for having a genuine interest in what has come to be called the total peace. Can someone be blamed for dreaming of peace, of tranquility, of coexistence? The answer is no. But that idea of peace, like the internet, must have connectivity. Peace proposals without connection to reality are like a very modern telephone, but without a data plan, or deprived of what they call a “signal”.
In this sense, valid is the position of the new peace commissioner, Danilo Rueda, around that “a respectful dialogue does not replace justice”. But… and it is that everything in life has a but, a but that should not be understood as a stick in the wheel, but as an element of enrichment of the discussion. But, I say, there is something that is fundamental and that cannot be lost sight of, under penalty of corrupting the rules of the real universe and ending up, as if we were in the movies and not in Colombia, floating in the metaverse.
That “but” is the object of this editorial and I will try to present it in simple terms that we all understand. The subversion, the guerrilla, has a political intention of change, and on the way to make it possible, it approaches crime as a way of financing it. Criminal gangs, or whatever you want to call them, if you choose one of the many euphemisms that governments invent to refer to them, have a criminal intention and, subsequently, put together a weak quasi-political discourse to shield themselves and achieve very specific objectives , one of them, for example, remove extraditions.
Both the guerrillas and the criminal gangs drink in the waters of illegality, but there is an order of factors that is key. I repeat: The guerrilla it starts with a political dream that is nourished and sustained by crime; criminal gangs, on the other hand, emerge with a desire for enrichment that is not lawful and, later on, depending on large interests, end up bordering on the political spheres of props.
The challenge of the new government is, with the understandable intention of bringing us to peace, not to take the bait. Of course these gangs have cadres and hierarchies, and even badges and anthems, but that doesn’t make them any less criminal.
For common crime, only the penal code and justice. Peace requires huge jaws, to swallow huge toads, we know, but the toad of confusing the guerrilla with the former guerrilla obsessed with getting rich, or with the criminal camouflaged as a factor of political transformation, is a toad that does not expel milk but poison .
A poison so powerful that it corrodes everything, that destroys everything. This government has the laudable intention of change and transformation. Excellent. But the only thing that cannot be changed or transformed is the strength of the precepts on which democracy and the rule of law rest. Even the vipers, experts in poisons, know that there are toads that it is better not to swallow. If the idea of fostering is improvised, we are all of us who could end up feeling the rigors of submission. Poison is always poison and there is no apple that can hide it.