Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Nation’s Rejection of Terrorism – Unnoticed?

Millions of Columbians Reject FARC Terrorism.

by John Horvat II

The massive protest had everything to grab the major headlines – drama, numbers, human interest, and even an Internet hero-organizer. It was also good news with a striking and timely anti-terrorist theme.

However, this smashing success story simply did not seem to inspire much commentary or encouragement. Although the wires carried the story, the full drama of what took place or its consequences appear blunted.

The February 4 event was a worldwide protest held by nearly 5 million Colombians. And the target of this massive protest? The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC as it is so infamously known.

Nowadays, FARC could hardly be considered “armed forces” but rather the remnants of a once-formidable Marxist guerrilla organization that has terrorized this Andean nation for decades. It is the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party.

As a “military” group, the group has fallen on hard times. It holds no national territory as its own. Its “tactics” consist of a gangster/terrorist mix of bombings, murder, mortar attacks, drug-running, kidnapping, extortion, hijacking, and ambushes of conventional military forces.

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