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FARC : Terrorists or Guerillas ?

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 23 Feb 2004, 07:06
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Post 06 Mar 2004, 05:24
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
From: Patterns of Global Terrorism, 2002. United States Department of State, April 2003.

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Description
Established in 1964 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party, the FARC is Colombia’s oldest, largest, most capable, and best-equipped Marxist insurgency. The FARC is governed by a secretariat, led by septuagenarian Manuel Marulanda (a.k.a. “Tirofijo”) and six others, including senior military commander Jorge Briceno (a.k.a. “Mono Jojoy”). Organized along military lines and includes several urban fronts. In February 2002, the group’s slow-moving peace negotiation process with the Pastrana administration was terminated by Bogota following the group’s plane hijacking and kidnapping of a Colombian Senator from the aircraft. On 7 August, the FARC launched a large-scale mortar attack on the Presidential Palace where President Alvaro Uribe was being inaugurated. High-level foreign delegations—including from the United States—attending the inauguration were not injured, but 21 residents of a poor neighborhood nearby were killed by stray rounds in the attack.

Activities
Bombings, murder, mortar attacks, kidnapping, extortion, hijacking, as well as guerrilla and conventional military action against Colombian political, military, and economic targets. In March 1999, the FARC executed three US Indian rights activists on Venezuelan territory after it kidnapped them in Colombia. Foreign citizens often are targets of FARC kidnapping for ransom. Has well-documented ties to full range of narcotics trafficking activities, including taxation, cultivation, and distribution.

Strength
Approximately 9,000 to 12,000 armed combatants and several thousand more
supporters, mostly in rural areas.

Location/Area of Operation
Colombia with some activities—extortion, kidnapping, logistics, and R&R—in Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador.

External Aid
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.

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What are your opinions comrades ? I heard they get their income from Cocaine...making 500 million a month or was it a year ...
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 24 Feb 2004, 03:57
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Post 06 Mar 2004, 05:42
They are heroes of the People, not terrorists. Their struggle encompasses the essence of class warfare on the national level. And the cocaine stuff is bs, yeah they are realists and realize that in a country where the CIA has effectively maid cocaine the top industry one must recognize this. They tax the farmers in their area in order to fund the revolution, however it is never pointed out that the very people they are fighting, the CIA and the CIA's puppet govt. in Colombia, have no problem making billions from the cocaine industry and that they are the very one's responsible for making cocaine the biggest business in the country. Not to mention that for what ever involvement the FARC is forced to have with cocaine is nothing in comparisson with the Colombian govt. and CIA's involvement with narcotics trafficing.
Basically the FARC are using realist means to achieve a society in which cocaine would not be sold at all, the CIA is aiming at the exact opposite outcome.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 23 Feb 2004, 22:46
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Post 06 Mar 2004, 17:29
The FARC from what I hear (don't quote me on this) is not necessarily terrorist as much as they have a rather confused party line. On many issues (such as socialist land reform, staying on the revolutionary road, etc.) they sort of "ride the fence" and have often expressed wishes to fall back on capitalist ways. Despite the fact that this is mostly hearsay, one thing makes me wonder: why does the FARC pragmatically hang onto the cocaine industry instead of reforming that land to serve the people? New Democratic Revolution and socialist land reform are important parts of transforming an oppressed imperialized country into a socialist one, and for the FARC to forgo land reform is very dangerous for their revolution.
Comrade Andrei Mazenov
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 24 Feb 2004, 06:15
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Post 11 Mar 2004, 22:23
We had a talk from a Columbian politician and Parlament member who had to exile himself. Apparently the whole thing about the guerrillas trading in drugs is delliberatedly hyped. There are corrupt guerrilla members who have business arrangements with drug dealers, but mostly the thing comes because of the peasants being forced to grow cocaine and sell it, since the corporations pay them a misserable price for coffee. The drug dealers pay them a misserable price for coca plants in comparation for what they get by selling it, but at least they give them enough to survive.
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