Jul 05 2008
Good news from the front of the war on thuggish dead-enders, as Ingrid Betancourt is rescued in a daring operation:
The FARC pretends to be one of those “people’s movements,” inspired by Maoist insurrectionary ideology, but it’s really a criminal gang living on the proceeds of extortion and the drug trade. It’s the last “movement” of its kind in South America, following the collapse of Peru’s Shining Path guerrillas.
In recent years, especially in the past 12 months, the supreme FARC leader has died of natural causes, the second-in-command has been killed, others have been betrayed and still others have given themselves up. The FARC’s membership has been cut in half and the territory within which it operates has shrunk dramatically. (From Jeffery Simpson’s “Bold Rescue Is Good News For Colombia And Canada” Globe & Mail column).
Another example to show that talking with violent thugs is not the way to go. If you want results, send in the army.