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.
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 President uses in a thousand ways the banner of a civilized solution to the armed conflict. He is eager to figure in history as the man who made peace. He even attacks the declared defenders of a military solution. He agreed an Agenda with the insurgency as a starting point for definitive conversations. He boasts about the progress that has been made and he talks about perseverance. He even promotes the post conflict in other countries.
What the Establishment is trying to legitimate is nothing but the absolute reign of arbitrariness in a country that is described as a model.
Written by: Timoshenko, commander-in-chief of the FARC-EP
The justice minister, son of Dr. Reyes Echandía who was slaughtered by the National Army during the retaking of the Palace of Justice in 1985, joins the excitement generated within the ruling classes and their mainstream press, because of the absurd sentencing of militias of the FARC-EP by an Indigenous Assembly in Cauca.
"One would say that the idea is to make the guerrillas disappear to guarantee the broadest possible market for the transnationals"
Written by: Timoshenko, Commander-in-Chief of the FARC-EP
Last week, visiting Madrid, President Santos benefited from the important role of James Rodr?guez and Carlos Bacca, respectively playing for Real Madrid and Sevilla, speaking of them as an expression of that joyful, prosperous Colombia, with faith in its future. Colombians are now being part of the 'elites of excellence', being the projection of a modern country with growing importance in the world, he stated categorically.
Written by: Timoshenko
The High Command of the Block Iv?n R?os, which operates in the northwest of the country, has already revealed what truly happened on September 16 on the road between Puerto Libertador and Tierradentro. Our comrades adequately explain the facts and also released the military report of the ambush against a unit of the National Police.
We had already made some written comments on the discourse of President Santos, which he showed once again in his recent inauguration. We have also pointed out the total alignment of the mainstream media with the ruling class. The two, including 'Center Uribe' (Centro Democrático, NT), get greatly upset when we do not express what they want to hear from us.
On the night of November 4, 2011, Colombia and the rest of the world were informed about the news of the death of Comandante Alfonso Cano after a military operation in the department of Cauca. Successively, the details of the event were being revealed. It was described as an intense aerial bombardment, along with a long strafing, which had left the guerrilla leader isolated and unarmed early in the morning.
At the peace talks in Havana, all our power lies in our ideas and the only weapon we have is the truth
The issue of victims that will soon be discussed at the Peace Talks in Havana has generated a huge barrage against the FARC-EP in the mainstream press. Even those who strive to look neutral, warning that the responsibility of government officials involved in illegal conduct should also be taken into account, end up being part of the general chorus according to which we are the worst offenders.