Communism in Colombia

I can’t think of any other country with an active communist insurgency, I believe it is the last one left. Colombia Reports is a news site on the country, run by a Dutchman with leftist sympathies. Recently they ran an article on the danger of fighting FARC too effectively-

I wrote a detailed response to this, but it wouldn’t post, so I post it here-

“A simple and effective rule to follow when trying to solve a problem is to try something, and if that doesn’t work, try something else. Einstein is usually credited with coining the phrase “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” but you don’t have to be that smart to see the truth of it.

A ceasefire was attempted with FARC before. They used the opportunity to strengthen themselves, rather than negotiate for a share of power and change in Colombia. One could reasonably assume they did that because they don’t want a share of power, as representatives of one faction of Colombian society, they want all the power. Stepping out of violence and into civil society is a real option for FARC members- former M-19 member Gustavo Petro is a respected leftist politician. But he is just another politician, he doesn’t exercise the god-like power over the lives of others that the Castros do, and that seems to be what they really want.

There is a mathematic solution to the game of prisoner’s dilemma. First, cooperate; then do what they do. Cooperate if they cooperate, and defect if they defect at each turn. Cooperation has been tried, and FARC has defected. They could make a cooperative move, but they haven’t, so until they show some interest in cooperating, fighting is the correct thing to do.

If nothing else government is a monopoly of violence. A government that can’t protect its people is no government. If the official army can’t defeat the “The People’s” army, then the people will have to fight “The People”. You can call them right-wing fascist terrrorist narcotraficantes but they’ll do it anyway. Uribe had the official army fight “The People’s” army and had the people’s army disband. Colombians in general are a lot happier with doing it this way.

FARC are basically just gangsters, like all other communists of course. That they have some popular support is irrelevant- plenty of people in New York and New Jersey support the Mafia. As Bin Laden says, people will support the strong horse. If they decide to change from rural terrorist tactics to urban terrorist tactics there is nothing to be done but keep fighting.”

To paraphrase the early 70’s tearjerker “Love Story” (as was the constant habit of my favorite reading material in those days, MAD magazine) “being a leftist means never having to say you’re sorry.” A leftist can commit the most cruel, horrendous, and egregious of crimes, but unless he dies, he will eventually be awarded an honored place in society. It’s not fair, and I’m not entirely clear on how it works, but that’s the way it is. A communist you don’t kill is a communist who will have his boot on your neck eventually, if only as a university professor.


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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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One Response to Communism in Colombia

  1. Paul Paris says:

    Your definition of a communist is the one of a compulsive fanatic. But to be a compulsive fanatic you don’t need to be a communist. There are compulsive fanatics in the Tea party and ISIL, and no one of them is even an atheists.
    It’s naive to say that FARC are gangsters. And worst to say that communists are gangsters. None of the Sicilian mafia, the Sinaloa cartel or Al Capone’s gangs was communist. It’s a very naive figure of speech. Gangsters exist in various ideologies, religions and cultures.
    It’s pure disinformation or lack of knowledge to say that Uribe “disbanded” FARC. Totally the opposite, Uribe’s threat of exterminating FARC made FARC more united than ever and inspired serious foreign solidarity in Venezuela and Ecuador, among others. Uribe was able to demobilize thousands of FARC’s weak militants, which left FARC with thousands of their best warriors and therefore more dangerous and strong, as they demonstrated. Uribe won many military battles, but not the war. Ironically, Uribe was defeated by FARC resistance and when he left government FARC had its military structure intact as well as its operational capability. Uribe demonstrated that war cannot defeat FARC. Thanks to him Colombian government had no other choice than to negotiate peace.
    Your “cooperating and defeating” mathematics is total nonsense. A kidnapping is a political pressure on the incapability of the State to protect its citizens. ¿To pay ransom or satisfy FARC’s demands is to initiate the cooperation? FARC succeeded in kidnapping people. It could not exist a possible cooperation other than to fail in kidnapping people. If there aren’t kidnapped people then there is no prisoner’s dilemma.
    Your lack of knowledge on the Colombian conflict is outrageous. It existed a zone of no-combat in El Caguán, but outside that zone all combats continue. Never had existed a ceasefire with FARC. It has been limited ceasefires in areas of liberation, but never in the whole war.
    Colombia Reports made you a favor; to publish your response would make you look like the most ridiculous clown in these matters.

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