“Some truce! Farc forbade peasants from joining us here in Vista Hermosa.”
Qué tregua! Farc prohibió a campesinos reunirse con nosotros aquí en Vista Hermosa
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) October 19, 2015
Frances Martel reports, Former Colombian President: Marxist FARC Terrorists ‘Forbade Peasants’ from My Rally
During his tenure as president in the mid-2000s, Uribe requested the aid of the CIA and President George W. Bush in weakening the FARC. Using counterterrorism strategies developed for use against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Uribe’s and Bush’s joint efforts were largely successful, eliminating most of the FARC leadership and forcing the rest into exile in Cuba. Despite actively providing a safe haven to the FARC leadership, President Obamaopted to remove Cuba from the official State Department list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.
Despite Uribe’s efforts, the FARC remain extremely active and are currently the wealthiestnon-jihadist terror organization in the world, second only to the Islamic State in overall profits. The FARC’s influence convinced current Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to sit down with the group’s leadership in Havana. Alongside Cuban dictator Raúl Castro and FARC terrorist “Timochenko,” Santos announced a “peace treaty” in September that required the Colombian government to sentence any FARC terrorist convicted of “political crimes” to community service or house arrest, not prison time. Santos declared before the United Nations General Assembly in September that the treaty was a success and “the time of peace has come.”
Shortly after this announcement, Colombian officials announced a bizarrely-timed criminal investigation into Uribe for a mass murder incident in 1997. Uribe was governor of Antioquia state at the time, where the massacre occurred. The probe even raised concerns with the nation’s Inspector General, Alejandro Ordoñez, who suggested that the FARC had demanded Uribe go to prison as a provision of the peace treaty. “The FARC has always issued as a condition [of any deal] judicial proceedings against ex-President Uribe,” Ordoñez stated on Colombia’s RCN Radio. “That this announcement has been made can be explained as [the government] complying and has a direct relationship with these demands by the FARC.”
Less than a month after the announcement of the peace treaty, FARC leaders are hinting that they may disregard the treaty entirely. Any “interpretation” of the provisions of the deal would result in a void treaty, one leader said in early October. Another FARC negotiator questioned the military in a tweet Tuesday, accusing Colombian officials of “pressuring and provoking the guerrillas.”
Appeasement never works.