posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 02:32 AM
The Peruvian natives deserve ample opportunity to voice their concerns. But on a broader scale, I think we need to look at whether or not a compromise
is possible here without a monumental change in the operation of the Peruvian infrastructure. The president mentioned the necessity of obtaining the
resources located in indiginous areas, for the well-being of the vast majority of the population; it's a legitimate argument, from my point of view.
The issue is then whether or not we should be relying on these resources. This goes deeper into an environmental discussion. Yes, protecting the
indiginous lands would be reverential to tribal peoples. It would mean respect for their sovereignty over land that has been partitioned to them for
past governmental negligence. But as the Peruvian population grows, it is clear that the expanded acquisition of resources like oil and timber will be
necessary to sustain the country. To avoid that conflict, we need to examine possibilities that lie beyond callously stripping the land of natural
resources. If you've visited the Amazon region, you can't help but be disturbed by the thought of Garcia's plans succeeding. But alas, the
population must be sustained by cruel methods unless we're able to progress into a more environmentally sensitive point of view.
This is an issue that is echoed around the world. When will we learn?