"It is easy to see that despite such optimism, the Colombian State keeps on equipping and preparing itself for war"
The commander in chief of the FARC-EP, Timoleón Jiménez, through an article published on www.farc-ep.co, has expressed some mayor concerns about the peace process and the decisions and attitudes taken by Juan Manuel Santos? government. Here are some of the most important ideas:
Written by @Tanja_FARC
There is a global trend by the dominant system of categorizing insurgent movements as criminal business networks, depriving them from their revolutionary essence.
Sometimes it seemed that to change this society, so that we wouldn't be just numbers anymore in our class enemy's instrumental statistics, but a real opponent, so that history would lead a man like comandante Manuel Marulanda to build a strong popular power from below and fight, often only with the force of moral, against enemies who have infinitely greater resources, was impossible;
Written by Tanja Nijmeijer, @Tanja_FARC
Starting in the Netherlands ...
In July 1995, during the war in Yugoslavia, a group of approximately 400 Dutch peacekeepers grouped in a battalion called Dutchbat III, was in Bosnia and Herzegovina to protect Bosnian people against ethnic cleansing carried out by the Serbs.
It seems that now we have arrived to the items of victims, justice and end of the conflict, the only viable alternative is to submit ourselves to the discourse of power.
According to President Santos' statement, made during the presentation and acknowledgement of the new commanders of the Army, Air Force and Navy, only during the first five years of his government, 64 leaders of the FARC and some 20 of the ELN have been eliminated, which he qualifies as stunning blows or victories of the official armed forces, without which we would not be sitting at the talks in Havana.
By: Edgar Piedrahita.
In a previous article (in Spanish; NT) we referred to Brigadier General of the US Army William P. Yarborough and his impact on the Colombian conflict. Given the unfortunate consequences of his "assistence" - the longest conflict of the Western Hemisphere - it makes sense to review some aspects of his life that will shed light on Nortamerican militarism and its global impact.
The proposal of the inter-agency committee of the judicial branch, composed of the Prosecutor and the Presidents of the high courts, to convene a constituent assembly dealing with the reform of Justice, provoked a series of reactions for and against the initiative.
On Tuesday 12th of May, president Santos said on television that he had facilitated the conditions for a meeting between the FARC-EP and the ELN on Cuba (http://reliefweb.int/report/colombia/santos-colombias-eln-met-farc-cuba). FARC's Commander in Chief, Timoleón Jiménez, wrote the following reflections on Juan Manuel Santos' statements, which we translated into English.
The FARC-EP is not only an armed structure or a military organization. We are the merging of heterogeneous initiatives of popular struggle, active in different areas of Colombia.