[Marxism] Betancourt, FARC, criticism, etc.

Anthony Boynton anthony.boynton at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 16:26:28 MST 2009

I have sort of skimmed this conversation, and don't intend to get too deeply
involved in it. But here are my two cents worth.

The FARC was very generous to the three US mercenaries they shot down and
captured. Those guys are lucky to be alive.

Ingrid Betancourt was very stupid to allow herself to be kidnapped by the
FARC, after they had warned all people out of the zone she decided to drive
through. She had a very small political following before her stunt
backfired, and a smaller one afterwords. Now she is simply a French
appendage of Uribismo. She has no indiependent political following here in
Colombia, and no prospects. Only her oligarchic family connnections, and
diplomatic relations with the Sarkozy government keep the Santos family
(Vice President and Defense Minister) publicizing her name through their
media empire.

The FARC has made tragic strategic mistakes that may be irreversible. They
are totally isolated from the working class and poor of Colombia, except for
in a few isolated areas. Alfonso Cano's efforts to reorient the FARC have so
far shown no results, although pro-FARC graffiti has reappeared on the walls
of the National University and in a few neighborhoods of Bogotá (places it
had been absent from for a whle.)

There is criticism and there is criticism. Most critics of the FARC are on
the side of imperialism, but there are others who wished they FARC had won,
and still hope that they survive.


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