FARC guerilla mans a checkpoint. From July 2012.
Seems to me a lot of the trouble in Latin America stems from the upper classes disdain for the ignorant "peasants". The peasants are ignorant because they are uneducated, but because they are peasants they don't need an education, and so nothing changes. Except every year you have more people, which leads to population pressures. If you don't do something to alleviate the pressure you get problems, and when the pressure gets high enough you get violence, and when you get enough violence you can call it war.
I don't know, but it seems to me every country in Central and South America is suffering from this problem. Some of them may have killed off enough people that the population pressure has been temporarily reduced, and so the violence has been reduced. I just don't get it. Is it the climate? The Spanish culture? Is it that the Indians (native Americans) are in league with extra-terrestrials? Or maybe it's America's Great and Noble War on Drugs that is twisting the entire Latin American world.
Note: The Columbia River (our local megawaterway) is spelled with a U, while Colombia the country is spelled with an O.