Sunday 24 October 2021

And Then The Promises, Real or Imagined, Left Costa Rica

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Thursday is a heavy discussion day with my clients. It last up to six hours and the topics are “open”. What is on most people’s mind is, “What to do about Nicaragua who first took on the Isla Calero and has recently been dredging new canals on Costa Rica land cutting to the Caribbean?”

I keep humming, “What do we do with a girl like Maria?” from the Sound of Music.

The point being, what do we do about Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ortega who keep occupying more and more of our land, little pieces at a time, but it is ours none the less. Not to mention, allegedly taking some of our water rights in the Caribbean to drill for oil? (Black gold that is!)

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I wonder what took so long for our crack police to discover that Eden Pastora has been dredging away for months? How hard is it to climb down from the only observation tower and do what police are supposed to do: patrol?

Today’s discussions ran the gamut and most wanted the United States to step in as it did during the Sandinista-Somoza revolution and protect our border with fighter jets.

However, if my memory serves me right, Costa Rica’s assembly made a huge fuss over U.S. Coast Guard ships (a) dropping off tons of cocaine along with the alleged perpetrators and then, (b) made some kind of big deal when the U.S. hospital ship asked to dock in Limon, and finally (c) Oscar Arias has jumped all over the U.S. for arms, for war, for just about everything except the Bronx hot dog.

Maybe China can come to the rescue with its wonderful, tasty food that we love so much.

What Lady Laura seems to want is for another country to cross swords and shed blood with Nicaragua before do Ticos?

I asked why the first drop of blood should not be of Costa Rica? The general answers were the usual dogma: “We are a country of peace, we have no standing military, we are poor, we rather go to a Tyler Smith concert.

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Besides, after the shame, deep shame of la Trocha what’s left to steal as the national anthem plays on?

Ultimately, in a fight among kids, one gets a bloody nose then the others join in. True in baseball as well. What Chinchilla wants is only foreign blood to be spilled to protect our northern boarders.

With close to 15,000 police people, I am tired of this pacifist dogma that makes no sense. As the Floridians say, “When up to you’re ass in alligators, it is no time to think about draining the swamp.

But,  It is time to be un-pacifist and deploy our fighting resources, to show the world Ticos are not afraid to shed blood for the “patria” and then we can call upon Colombia, even the U.S. who has its collective hands full, to guard and repel the invasion of Costa Rica by Nicaragua.

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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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