By Dialogo January 19, 2011 It is surprising and alarming to see that the America’s Bastion of civility is being affected by the Neanderthal ideas of the conservatives in Costa Rica. The world and the rest of Latin America always looked a Costa Rica as the Nation to imitate and be like.What a Pity!!!!!!! I think we need to stop thinking that the U.S. and their armed forces will protect us from an armed invasion from our neighbors. This is our country and we ourselves are responsible to protect it, and if in order to do this we need to reinstate a specialized and military armed force, then we must do it. Times are changing, even Mexican and Colombian drug cartels have a greater armed force than our weakened Public Force. These cartels have the capacity to destabilize our democracy and our country in just one day. We need to remove this facade of a peaceful country and think about the future of this nation and its safety. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla has supported the position taken by the country’s foreign minister, René Castro, and has indicated that “Costa Rica cannot take its pacifist tradition to such an extreme as to deny the need to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity.” In an interview with the daily La Nación, the Costa Rican president expanded on the views of her administration’s foreign minister, days after announcing the creation of a border police force that will begin operations in March. The force will occupy a role similar to that of one eliminated by the previous president, Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias. Meanwhile, Security Minister José Tijerino announced that a defense system, including several helicopters, is being set up near the area of conflict with Nicaragua. “The administration is determined to defend our territorial integrity. We will not skimp on our efforts in defense of our sovereignty,” he warned.