By Carlos Alberto Montaner
The Colombians are going to vote Yes or No. That’s what plebiscites are for. The government asks a question — “Do you want to put an end to the war in Colombia?” — and the people express their opinion.
Because the Colombians are not showing much enthusiasm, the government has arranged to allow only 13 percent of the voters to vote in the affirmative before it sends the bells pealing and declares that peace has broken out. A vote of 50 percent plus 1 of the electoral census, the standard in other referenda in other latitudes, will not be necessary.
The purpose of President Juan Manuel Santos and Timochenko, the head of the FARC, is to legitimize the peace accords forged in Havana. The FARC, please understand, are the armed wing of the Colombian communist party.