Violence breeds Violence

Colombia Chronicles

On Saturday I was invited to a ‘Peace Breakfast’. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? And it was! But it wasn’t all doves and poppies! Facilitated by members of an Anglo-Colombian, trans-national initiative called ‘Rodeemos el Dialogo’ (‘Let’s rally around the Dialogue’ – www.rodeemoseldialogo.org) – referring to the support they demonstrate for the Colombian peace talks; the guest speaker was Alejandro Parra, an outspoken conscientious objector in Colombia who presents the case with clarity.

He refused to do military service which is obligatory for all males in Colombia when they reach 18 years of age. His reasons for this are many, but mainly because he does not believe that taking up arms is the answer to Colombia’s 60 years of conflict. He pointed out various facts and figures:

Colombia has the second biggest army in Latin America (coming a very close second to Brazil, whose population is four times that of…

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