Is Peace Within Reach in Colombia?
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has made major concessions to reach an agreement with leftist narcoguerrillas and end a 50-year conflict. After a recent breakthrough on an ambiguous “transitional justice” plan for holding guerrillas and soldiers accountable for crimes, Colombians for the first time appear optimistic about reaching a negotiated peace settlement. Since the announcement of the plan, the guerrilla commander has raised questions about the “justice” agreement and the six-month deadline, stirring public skepticism. The United States should help its Colombian allies pursue and secure a lasting peace by continuing antidrug programs to eradicate coca, extradite kingpins, punish cocaine smuggling, and expose Venezuela’s narcostate.