After a car bomb exploded in Bogotá on August 12, 2010, Colombia’s National Police Chief, General Cesar Pinzon, blamed leftist guerillas for being the authors of the blast. While this could be true, there is no definitive evidence at this time. Another possible theory, such as that the perpetrators are members of the right-winged paramilitaries, could provide a better explanation. Some believe that the paramilitaries would have used this terrorist device in order to derail newly-elected President Juan Manuel Santos’ peace-bid toward Venezuela. The act may also force Santos to back away from negotiations with the FARC guerrillas, talks which the paramilitaries do not want to see realized.
The unfolding détente between Venezuela and Colombia, a result of last Tuesday’s constructive meeting between Chávez and Santos at the Colombian port of Santa Maria, could have been the motivating factor for the terrorist act. A rapprochement between Venezuela and Colombia is essential for economic reasons. But blaming the FARC or the nation’s other leftist group, the ELN, for the car bombing appears to make very little sense, for such an act could not possibly serve the guerrilla’s cause.