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article imageOp-Ed: On Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador and FARC

By Mark L Harvey     Mar 3, 2008 in Politics
What is up with the nations upset with the FARC secretariat and 15 or so others killed by Columbian troops? What is FARC? And, for that matter, what are the relationships between FARC, Columbia, Ecuador and Columbia?
What is up with the nations upset with the FARC secretariat and 15 or so others killed by Columbian troops? What is FARC? And, for that matter, what are the relationships between FARC, Columbia, Ecuador and Columbia?
FARC is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Revolutionary as in the genre of one Che Guevara. They are a Marxist group with close associations with the Sandanistas. You do remember them, don't you? A pro-communist group that has nothing better to do than to fight Freedom...this is why they are called Freedom Fighters, don't you know. FARC has been in close quarter combat with the nation of Columbia and, seeing that the United States and Columbia are allies, it is natural for FARC to seek out allies in their quest to overthrow Columbia.
Growing out of the turmoil and fighting in the 1950s between liberal and conservative militias, the FARC was established in 1964 by the Colombian Communist Party to defend what were then autonomous Communist-controlled rural areas. The FARC is Latin America's oldest, largest, most capable, and best-equipped insurgency of Marxist origin. [...]
FARC makes their money through the production and distribution of narcotics internal of Columbia. They also get support from Cuba and Venezuela.
[...] Cuba provides some medical care and political consultation. A trial is currently underway in Bogota to determine whether three members of the Irish Republican Army - arrested in Colombia in 2001 upon exiting the FARC-controlled demilitarized zone (despeje) - provided advanced explosives training to the FARC. [...]
[...] Rodrigo Granda, a senior FARC member, was reportedly responsible for garnering international support for the FARC. This, in sum, could be described as the source of the current conflict between Colombia and Venezuela. Colombia has often complained about the lack of cooperation from the Chavez government in cracking down on leftist rebels. [...]
[...] Weakened by the corruption sown by cocaine cartels and a decades-long civil war, the Colombian government faces two leftist insurgent groups that not only wage guerrilla warfare but also carry out kidnappings, hijackings, attacks on civilians, and political assassinations. The U.S. State Department includes the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym, FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) on its list of foreign terrorist organizations. Plan Colombia, the United States' multi-billion dollar initiative to equip the Colombian military to eradicate coca (the plant from which cocaine is made), targets regions controlled by FARC and ELN. [...]
The above is yet a brief synopsis of FARC and their allegiances to illicit drug distribution and known communist groups, nations and organizations. But, does it explain why Ecuador is seemingly following Venezuela's lead of sending troops to their borders with Columbia? Yes, it does.
Columbian officials have released their findings that FARC leaders and associates have alliances with the Venezuelan and Ecuadorian governments and have conspired to aid them in their fight(s) against Columbia. This data has also been reported by the Sydney Morning Herald and is also being discussed by Atlas Shrugs. It is time for the folks that are NOT allied with known communist and socialist groups within our own borders here in the States to wake the hell up. I have been awake for decades and have preached this threat from many a soap-box. And, I will forever refer to The List of 45 until the communist and socialist threats from within are defeated one way or another.
BOGOTA, Colombia - Documents from a computer seized where Colombian commandos killed a senior rebel leader indicate Ecuador's president is deepening relations with Colombia's main guerrilla group, Colombia's police commander said Sunday. [...]
And that isn't all.
Police Commander General Oscar Naranjo said documents found in computers belonging to Reyes showed contacts between a top Correa government minister and the FARC commander to discuss political proposals and projects on the frontier.
"The questions raised by these documents need concrete answers," Commander Naranjo said. "What is the state of relations between the Ecuadorean government and a terrorist group like the FARC."
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has often accused the FARC of using Venezuelan and Ecuadorean territory as safe havens from military attacks. [...]
And, the plot thickens...
Like Atlas Shrugs says:
[...] Chavez is itchin for a fight:
Chavez called Colombian President Alvaro Uribe "a criminal" and branded his government a "terrorist state," likening it to Israel for its U.S.-backed attacks on militants. [END]
It has also been said that these terrorist groups in Central and South America have ties to Al Qaida and I don't doubt it one bit seeing that Hugo has very close ties to Iran.
CNN is reporting three computers were found to have Ecuadorian and Venezuelan ties to FARC.
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