The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, or FARC, have been waging a guerilla war against the Columbian government for thirty-eight years. The organization has a Marxist-Socialist ideological base and has been terrorizing Columbia for some time now. The most recent development is Senator Martha Catalina Daniels was shot twice in the head and killed on March 3. Her body and two others were found at the bottom of a ravine about twenty-five miles west of the Columbia’s capital, Bogotá. They had also been tortured.
This is not unusual for the FARC. It is not commonplace, but the FARC uses kidnapping to get what they want. Extreme? Yes, but not unusual for this type of situation. Terrorist groups will often use kidnapping as a means to try to negotiate for what it is that particular group wants at that particular time. Groups also will use kidnapping to make money from rich and important people. They commit extortion and tax the drug trade to also help finance their operations. Again, this is totally extreme and not always effective.
Why does a political group use extreme measures? Is it to just make money? Or does this have to do with their need to get their point across to everyone else? If that is the case, then there are much easier, and less deadly, ways to do that. Peace talks can be arranged. This idea does not always work of course, and it was not working for the Columbians either, but it is always worth a try.
The Columbian government has had peace talks with the FARC for the past three years. Just last month, the Columbian government cut communication with the FARC. There reason was that the FARC hijacked a Columbian commercial airliner and kidnapped a senator, plus the FARC was showing no signs of actually wanting peace. There has been no explanation as to why the FARC did these things. It only leads to the belief that they do not wish to patch things up and stop the violence. They want a socialist government and the Columbian people want the democratic system that is in place now. I believe that until the FARC gets what they want, they will not stop their terrorist ways. So how does the Columbian government accomplish this?
One way to do this is to stop their flow of money. The FARC has admitted to making their money from the illegal drug industry. If the Columbian government can somehow intercept the drugs before it leaves the country or intercept the millions of dollars flowing into Columbia from the drug sales, then the FARC would have a difficult time getting the weapons they need to commit these terrorist acts. The Columbian government is in the middle of trying to solve these problems and has been since the Medellín and Cali “cartels” have been around. Obviously this has not been an easy task.
Since the late 1990’s the United States and the Columbian government have been trying to work out a plan to help the...