01 Sep '12, 9am

COLOMBIA: Leftist Rebels Agree To Talk Peace

September 1, 2012: Twelve years of growing prosperity was made possible by curbing crime and corruption and enforcing laws that made it easier to create and run businesses. As a result of that Colombia is about to surpass Argentina (in GDP) to become the second largest economy (after Brazil) in South America. What could derail this is a return of the traditional bad habits (corruption and violence). In the past, too many businesses and politicians used money and violence, not talent and fair play to compete. After a period of relative peace and prosperity it's easy to start slipping into the traditional bad habits. That has always led to warlords, anarchy and poverty for most Colombians. The FARC promised a communist dictatorship and peace back in the 60s. The collapse of European communism in 1989-91 made it clear that a FARC victory would not bring prosperity or freedom....

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/colombi/articles/20120901...

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