[Marxism] FARC Will Not Suspend Armed Struggle
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Thu Jul 31 12:05:39 MDT 2008
Gloria La Riva on the struggle in Colombia:
I'll quote here only the final five paragraphs of a long article:
Proclaiming victory over the guerrilla forces after a series of recent setbacks
for the FARC will not resolve Colombia’s crisis for the vast majority of the
people. Nor will it end the inextinguishable need to organize, mobilize and
fight back with the means necessary for the people’s victory.
The FARC, like any workers’ or peasants’ organization that is involved in a
protracted conflict, may seek to fight at the same time as it engages in
negotiations and diplomacy. Only the revolutionary organization can determine
the usefulness of negotiations with a state that seeks to exterminate them.
Ultimately, an estimate of the relationship of forces is required, which is
dictated not only by the internal domestic situation but by an approximation of
complex international factors as well.
Any movement for change in Latin America has arrayed against it not only the
forces of domestic counterrevolution, but also the vast interventionist
instrument of U.S. imperialism. The Pentagon, CIA and the complex of
transnational media corporations are working day and night to discredit and
destroy the revolutionary forces.
For people outside of Colombia, and especially for those of us living in the
United States, our work must intensify to expose the macabre role of our own
Exposing Plan Colombia and extending real solidarity with the workers and
farmers who are being viciously attacked because they dare to stand up for a
better world are the top priorities. Castigating and lecturing those who are
being hunted down by imperialism and by its legal and extra-legal death squads
is no solution at all to the enduring crisis in Colombia.
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