The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and him alone, is a gesture to leave you open mouthed. You don't believe your ears and rub your eyes: so then, only one of the signatories of a peace agreement gets the credit for signing it? But what is the Norwegian committee thinking? Signing an agreement requires at least two parties and in Colombia, the two signatories were: Santos and FARC-EP.
So then, why don't FARC-EP also receive the prize? For the peace agreement in Vietnam, it was Kissinger and Le Duc Tho who received the prize in 1973 (the Vietnamese refused), for the Egyptian-Israeli agreement, it was Sadat and Begin in 1978, for the South African agreement, it was Mandela and De Klerk in 1993, for the Oslo Agreements, it was Arafat, Rabin and Peres in 1994.
If there was a man who deserved this award, it was Fidel Castro, for he is really the one who deserves the credit for the peace agreement in Colombia. It's Fidel who worked tirelessly in the shadows for a good twenty years, in order so that the Havana peace dialogues could finally take place. And the one with the least merit in this whole process is precisely Santos, who used these agreements for his own ignoble purposes: he counted on them to get re-elected in 2018 and to continue to hand over the wealth of a pacified Colombia to the pillaging multinationals and the Colombian oligarchy. And by requiring the holding of a referendum on the peace agreement, rather than the election of a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution, as requested by the FARC, he opened the door to his former boss, Alvaro Uribe, flag holder of the most aggressive and vindictive sector of the Colombian oligarchic right. The result of this referendum, as senseless as it was pointless: the peace agreement was rejected by "the people", in fact 12.5% of Colombians.
Before receiving the Nobel Prize, Santos announced that the cease-fire would last until October 31. After having been nobelized, he changed his position, saying that the bilateral cease-fire would remain in force. But this would not be the first time a Nobel Peace Prize would make war: let us remember Shimon Peres and Obama.