Tico rejects characterization of coward and spineless

I am not in the habit of responding to the senseless hegemony and belligerence proposed by contributors that this “newspaper” is in the habit of publishing. However, when you allow someone to express an insulting blanket opinion that “It is seeming like Costa Rica isn’t the land of Pura Vida but a land of cowards with no backbone at all,” I am compelled to respond.

I recognize that in some cultures, if a neighbor encroaches on your private property, it is considered an act of heroism to take out a Colt 45 and kill him. More civilized persons will go to court and resolve the situation in a restrained and measured way.

Those that hold to the Old West method of dispute resolution and frontier justice would have us “cowards and no backbone” Ticos pick up firearms and go take back by force a meaningless patch of dirt that just a few weeks ago, no one knew existed and practically no one wanted or cared about.

I am certain that if you asked civilized, average Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans if they believe that that patch of God-forsaken land is worth the life of one single person on either side, they would respond with a resounding NO! Costa Ricans don’t go to war at the drop of a hat, not because we are “cowards with no backbone,” but because we are smart and educated. And we have nothing to prove. Nicaraguans are our friends and neighbors and the fact that they are temporarily being governed by a Mini-Me of Hugo Chavez does not and should not change that fact.

Perhaps people with warmongering attitudes like Mr. Sulenski should be encouraged to move to Panama; although he might reconsider that notion if he actually did some research before starting to peck at a keyboard to insult an entire country.

I invite you and your readers to visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_994.html#crime where it states: “Crime in Panama City is increasing and the Department of State recently increased its evaluation to “High”” and “Crimes are typical of those that plague metropolitan areas and include shootings, rapes, armed robberies, muggings, purse-snatchings, thefts from autos, thefts of unsecured items, petty theft, and “express kidnappings” from ATM banking facilities. Or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Panama and http://thepanamapages.com/archives/51.

Mr. Sulenski’s characterization on Costa Ricans as cowardly and spineless continues to remind us that Eugene Burdick and William Lederer’s “Ugly American” is alive and well and walking among us.

Joaquin Aguilar
San Isidro, Heredia
Redwood City, California

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