Today at precisely 2:05 pm President Obama’s plane will touch town in Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría Airport where he will be met by President Laura Chinchilla. He will then head in Cadillac One – escorted by a fleet of limousines – to a summit of presidents of the Central American Integration System (SICA). He won’t have to worry about traffic: roads will be closed, public workers were given the day off, and no public appearances were scheduled to avoid those who might “forget all courtesy that should be given to such a distinguished visitor”, as clarified by Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo.
SOAW [School of the Americas Watch]-Costa Rica, active members of the San José, Quaker Peace Center, aren’t fretting about missing Obama’s motorcade They’re too busy pursuing their passion: keeping Costa Rica’s lone lighthouse of peace aglow in an ever increasing sea of militarization. But they do worry that behind the Cadillac’s 12 centimeters of ballistic window glass, President Obama will be carrying an agenda that pushes Costa Rica and all of Meso America in the opposite direction, towards increased militarization.