Mary O’Grady, in her article A Nobel for Santos, No Peace for Colombia. The world needs a refresher course on FARC terrorists and their evil deeds, writes about an undesirable side effect of negotiating with evil:
Mr. Santos has done great damage to Colombia by giving the FARC a platform for publicity and helping it shape an image makeover. For four years the world has been pounded with pictures of FARC leaders in the tropics sporting white guayabera shirts, smoking cigars, dining with Colombian officials and holding press conferences. There was even a FARC meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and an afternoon catamaran ride. This nonstop circus created the illusion outside the country that these low-life thugs are legitimate political actors, and that only the unreasonable would refuse to grant them all the concessions they asked for in the interest of peace.
Explosions, land mines, forced abortions, child soldiers, the killing of 119 people who had sought shelter in a church, are just par for the FARC course.
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