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Do people understand this about Colombia and FARC?
The right wing President Uribe of Colombia is heavily favored and sponsored by the United States government and the Colombian government supports right wing death squads to fight FARc and any one who is sympathetic to them. Also know about 80% of illegal killings are done by the death squads, not by the FARC guerillas. These death squad thugs are going after FARC in Ecuador, violating their sovereignty. Of course you never hear of the death squads on the corporate media. The death squads are much more of a terrorist group then FARC.
I am not saying FARC are the nicest people on the planet but compare about 20% of illegal killings vs 80 percent by the death squads.
or right wing paramilitary groups
- Richard VLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
In Colombia, the Constitution and its laws are often ignored and rarely enforced, either because of a lack of bureaucratic capacity on the part of the state to do so, or because of an absence of political will on the part of the ruling elite to execute those laws that are designed to protect the public.
The statistic that most dramatically illustrates this is that of all the political crimes committed in Colombia every year- including assassinations, forced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, and torture-97 percent end up in complete impunity. On average, anywhere between 2,100 and 3,000 people are killed each year for political reasons in Colombia.
"In March 2006, police seized the computer of Rodrigo Tovar, a former AUC commander. Tovar, a scion of the coastal aristocracy, was an enchanting and cosmopolitan rancher whose demobilization ceremony in March 2006 turned into fiesta attended by two former governors, much of the local elite and one of the nation's most famous musicians. But Colombians were scandalized to learn from an October 2006 attorney general's report that many of Tovar's "demobilized troops" were not paramilitaries at all, but unemployed farmers paid to act the part. And they were outraged when investigators discovered tape recordings and documents on Tovar's computer detailing the murder of nearly 600 merchants, union members and suspected leftists, as well as paramilitary alliances with the power brokers of five states on Colombia's Atlantic coast. Tovar and his men had ruled the region. They bankrolled the campaigns of congressmen and mayors. They organized electoral fraud. They bribed dozens of policemen and military officers and skimmed public contracts in social security, health and agriculture.
"This is further confirmation that the paramilitaries control the state, the economy and the system of justice in large chunks of Colombia," said Gustavo Duncan, a security analyst and expert on the AUC. "With their private armies and drug profits, they are more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia in regions where they have become the very state itself."
In the wake of these revelations, the political establishment is reeling. Nine congressmen-all of them allies of President Álvaro Uribe-are being investigated on charges ranging from helping create and finance paramilitary groups to murder and corruption. Several mayors and former governors are also under investigation, and the former head of the DAS, Colombia's equivalent of the FBI, is on trial for erasing paramilitaries' files and conspiring with them to commit electoral fraud in the 2002 presidential elections. With the pressure building on many fronts to confess, ranchers and other powerful businessmen are acknowledging for the first time that they supported the paramilitaries for years.
"2006 will go down in history as the year in which the country learned how far the tentacles of paramilitarism reached," pronounced Semana, Colombia's leading newsweekly, in an end-of-year editorial in which it made "paramilitarism" its person of the year. "Though many Colombians knew that the paramilitaries controlled various regions of the country ... nobody imagined that this scourge had become a cancer that was silently eating away the pillars of democracy."Source(s): http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/South_America/Co... http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Colombia/Dominio...
- 5 years ago
1. They control most of the trafficking, it's their financial means for arms and stuff. 2. It used to be pretty strong, but since president Uribe came to office he's been in a military battle against them, and the national army has killed some of their most important leaders, some have been sent in "extradition" to jails in the US 3. Cartels are mainly formed by civilians who chose the drug world, Farc are a querilla group who also traffics cocaine an other drugs. I'm glad you have an open perspective of our country. It is beautiful, you should def. come sometime.
- jjLv 51 decade ago
Right-wingers have a tendency to start purging leftism from their society when they take control of the governments.
It has occured since the beginning of recorded history even justified by Augustine's Just War theory.
It is hushed by our government and people think that is a good thing, being done for the "greater good".
As support for right-wing purges grow among governments who feel anyone capable of rebelling against the established power of their region, we should only expect more and more people to decide not to be put up with it, and compound the problem all over the world.
- Kiran CLv 71 decade ago
President Uribe is heavily favored by people of Columbia as well. He has disarmed many of the right-wing paramilitaries. FARC is one half drug traffickers and one half Marxist guerrillas. What is the source of your 80% number? My source for information about Columbia and FARC is the Economist.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
You said it in your first sentence--President Uribe is heavily favored and sponsored by the United States government...need you say more?
The DEA is a joke. The war on Drugs is an even bigger joke.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Those "death squads" are primarily made up of military personnel, don't over-simplify the issues in colombia. None of us win when this occurs and it only helps fuel the fire.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It doesn't matter the Drug Lords control the state, They will knock out anyone who gets in their way be it FARC or the Government
- The Violator!Lv 61 decade ago
You remind me of a news report ABC I think about a year ago, on late night BBC... it said that 2 US military aircraft had been detained by the Columbians, laden with cocaine.
I saw the one report and never saw anything else... however it is well known ( http://www.copvcia.com/ ) that the CIA is and always has been heavily involved in drug running - it's one of their favourite ways of earning money... which is why they never detain the drug cartel leaders, and why it is not legalised!
Plenty of references abound!
- ?Lv 71 decade ago
No but I do understand that FARC is the most dangerous terrorist organization in the hemisphere. They kidnap and kill indiscriminately and take orders directly from Hugo Chavez so anything to hinders them is in fact a good thing...
- SordenhiemerLv 71 decade ago
The FARC is also the primary means of support for the cocaine trade in Columbia. Real nice group of people...