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Colombia’s Santos Sees a Future With Less FARC

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on September 24, 2010

by Michael D. Mosettig for PBS Newshour, September 24th, 2010.

The president got the news on his cell phone of a successful anti-guerrilla raid while jogging through New York’s Central Park. But the president was not Barack Obama learning of the latest U.S. special operation in Yemen or Pakistan. It was Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos, hearing of a combined bombing and special forces attack that killed a leader of the guerrilla group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Thursday.

“We struck at the heart of the headquarters of the FARC,” President Santos told a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations. Not only was a guerrilla mastermind, Jorge Briceno, killed in the raid, but Colombian forces also seized 14 computers and 60 discs with valuable intelligence information, the president said. “We will break the center of gravity of the FARC,” he added.

Recently elected in a landslide victory, Santos said his country no longer was the failed state of 20 years ago that has won billions of dollars in U.S. aid to combat the FARC, right wing paramilitaries and a thriving drug cartel. Rather than controlling barely a third of the nation, he said the government’s writ now extends through the entire country.(continue reading… )


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  1. Paula Delgado-Kling said, on September 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I applaud Mr. Santos’s military successes. But, perhaps, before the confetti is swept up at Casa Narino, policy should take a closer look at social programs, and assure that we improve the childhoods of Colombian children, or we’ll have another FARC (or a rebuilt FARC) in our futures. Assure the children schools, hospitals, and roads to get goods to markets.

    • politicalrisklatam said, on October 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      Paula, thank you for reading and for your comment. Feel free to comment again! You are more than welcome!

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