As a peace deal helps end a long war in Colombia, Venezuela is descending into violence. What can Colombia teach its neighbor about healing and reconciliation?
ByThe Monitor's Editorial Board
Five months after ending Latin America’s longest guerrilla war, Colombia has finally set up a truth commission, a type of panel that other post-conflict countries have tried in hopes of healing social wounds. Thousands of perpetrators of violence on all sides will be invited to confess and also offer compensation to victims – 8 million of them – in return for some forgiveness. Only those who committed the most heinous crimes will be tried. If the process can find a balance between justice and mercy, it will help bring a measure of reconciliation to a country at war since the mid-1960s.