The Stereotype Is Undeserved, But I’m Not Complaining
Dec. 1, 2011, Medellin, Colombia
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
"'¡Bájense!' said the man in the green fatigues, as he told us to get off the bus," writes new Latin America Correspondent Lee Harrison. "And just in case the two Americans on board were slow to understand, he waved his machine gun at the door while looking our way.
"'Hombres aquí...mujeres allá,' he said, as he and his group separated the male and female passengers for frisking purposes...even though all the available friskers were guys.
"I looked in front of the bus and saw that they'd dragged a large, freshly cut tree branch across the road to stop traffic. I also noticed a tiny Colombian flag sewn on to the back of their camouflage shirts, just below the collars, telling me--with relief--that they belonged to the Colombian army...the good guys.