[Marxism] Stay tuned for a peace deal witht he FARC and ELN

Anthony Boynton anthony.boynton at gmail.com
Wed Aug 29 14:16:38 MDT 2012


For all of you Colombia watchers, it's time to pay attention to the, until
now behind the scenes, negotiations between the Santos' government and the
FARC. The FARC's recent offensive in Arauca and in southern Colombia was
clearly intended to show that it still has some military power left - this
was in preparation of going to the bargaining table. That offensive again
was politically costly to the FARC,s since it's attacks on power
transmission lines left two or the country's poorest cities without power
or light, but disregard for political costs has never been important for
the FARC. It is very likely that these negotiations will take place in a
third country, and that they will result in a deal. What kind of deal
remains to be seen, but it will be a deal that helps Juan Manuel Santos
get reelected as President.

Anthony



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