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10/18/08

Guess what? Bolivia wants peace...all Bolivia

"Jaw jaw is better than war war."
Winston Churchill (a man who knew about both)

Leaders of Bolivia, militants, national and local governments, indigenous resistance goups, fascist shock troops; please take notice.

Yesterday the United Nations released a survey taken of over 2,000 Bolivians from all departments and all walks of life (margin of error on survey +/-2.11%). The results might surprise people who've never been to Bolivia or bothered to speak to any of its citizens before opening their mouths and opinionating about what's going on. Bolivians recognize the need to change their country, they don't not support violence, they want to two sides to talk for as long as necessary in order to reach an agreement etc etc. and according to the suvey that's as true in the "rebel states" of Santa Cruz and the other medialunas as it is in the eastern pro-Morales states.

Here are some charts that the UN put together to present its findings yesterday. All I've done is translate the question over each one. All in all it looks like the average Bolivians are a lot smarter than the people that claim to be their leaders.

Do you agree with this phrase? It is important that Bolivians support the re-start of dialogue (between the gov't and the medialuna states)
Dark green = strongly agree, green = agree, orange = disagree, red = strongly disagree

Which of these two phrases is closer to your way of thinking?
Green = The country needs to change but without violence:
Red =Some violence is always needed when the country wants to change

Do you agree with the following phrase? However difficult or long it may be, we must continue negotiating until we reach an agreement
Dark green = strongly agree, green = agree, orange = disagree, red = strongly disagree


Do you agree or disagree with the people who say that sometimes violence is needed to support the process of change that the gov't proposes?
Dark green = strongly agree, green = agree, orange = disagree, red = strongly disagree