Plebiscito es una FARCsa pic.twitter.com/xuH0Hs7iHx
— Centro Democrático (@CeDemocratico) December 2, 2015
The other day I was wondering when would the plebiscite be held. Frances Martel, in her article on how the “Islamic State has nothing on the FARC”, looks at the perhaps-upcoming referendum (emphasis added),
While significantly deteriorated during Uribe’s tenure—largely due to counterterrorism operations designed by the CIA under President George W. Bush—the FARC has regained strength through drug trafficking. As of November 2014, it is the wealthiest non-jihadist terror group in the world. Only the Islamic State and Hamas generate more money. As the FARC has neither access to crude oil nor ancient artifacts, as ISIS does, it must rely on the drug market.
Colombians will have to vote for the peace deal in order for it to be approved by the government. Polls show the nation is not particularly enthusiastic about aiding the group.According to a poll in Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, 60 percent of Colombians believe the FARC does not have any real intention of abandoning violence. 64.8 percent doubt the peace deal will be implemented by the agreed-to deadline in March. Colombians are also extremely apprehensive about the return of FARC guerrilla fighters to civilian communities, another poll found in October.
A Congressional vote to decide the date of the referendum has been postponed Wednesday, as many members of the legislature failed to appear, in a sign of protest. Centro Democrático, Uribe’s party, has begun a campaign against the vote itself, with the title “El Plebiscito es una FARCsa” (“The Plebiscite is a FARCe”)
The overwhelming majority of the people of Colombia oppose this deal. I ask again, Why is Santos trying to secure a legacy at any cost?
AFTER I WROTE THE ABOVE, I received this via Twitter. It’ll give you an idea of how the FARC operates (emphasis added):
Colombia’s Women: Victims of a Coercive “Peace”. An intercepted communication from 2008, between FARC terrorist ‘Gentil Duarte’ and then FARC leader ‘Mono Jojoy’ illustrates the brutality the leadership endorses: “In exchange for punishment, four girls were forced to have sex with ‘Canaguaro’, who has syphilis,” he reported. “All the girls are infected.”
In 2009, FARC narco-terrorists slaughtered 11 members of the Awa indigenous community in southwestern Colombia, cutting off their fingers and slitting their throats, for refusing to deliver food to a FARC camp. But for two victims, that wasn’t punishment enough: Omaira Arias, 20, and Blanca Patricia Guango, 19, were pregnant. The terrorists slit their bellies and threw their live babies to a pack of dogs before killing the women.
In the FARC’s history of terror, its systematic violence against women and their children is both the most atrocious and least acknowledged by the international community. So it is not surprising that this month, even as the UN launched its campaign for the elimination of violence against women, the UN Security Council pledged its support for a peace process between the FARC and the Colombian government that would result in impunity for all these crimes and political power for the FARC.
Physical, sexual and psychological abuse have been standard practice for this terrorist group, which from the top down treats women and children as disposable objects.
The rape of civilian women by FARC, for example, has been commonplace for decades. Because victims live mainly in remote villages, however, most incidents go unreported. The scant statistics, which the Attorney General’s Office began compiling just this year, documented 428 cases of civilian women and 118 girls, between the ages of 4 and 17, raped by FARC terrorists.
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Then there are the mothers of the estimated 20,000 children, according to government statistics, that have been taken by force to FARC camps. One survivor recounts that the FARC shot her father, then raped and killed her mother, all because they resisted allowing the FARC to take one of their daughters to the camps.
The girls in the FARC’s camps — whose average age is under 13, according to UNICEF — are subjected to daily horrors. Rescued children describe a life of sexual slavery, forced abortions, and forced removal of children from their mothers — when they are allowed to carry them to term. Rescued children often have sexually transmitted diseases.
An intercepted communication from 2008, between FARC terrorist ‘Gentil Duarte’ and then FARC leader ‘Mono Jojoy’ illustrates the brutality the leadership endorses: “In exchange for punishment, four girls were forced to have sex with ‘Canaguaro’, who has syphilis,” he reported. “All the girls are infected.”
The fate of those girls is unknown; but, as of earlier this year, ‘Gentil Duarte’ has been enjoying the lavish accommodations of the FARC’s negotiation team in Havana.
I urge you to read the whole article.