Jesús María Valle, ten years The Andean standoff
Mar 012008

Raúl Reyes (left), with neither camouflage nor rifle, accompanies Colombian government officials on a 2000 trip to Europe. The visit sought to support a peace process that ultimately failed

I met Raúl Reyes once, in 1999, during the FARC’s failed peace process with the government of Andrés Pastrana. I was with a U.S. congressional delegation whom the Colombian government had brought to the FARC demilitarized zone to learn about the several-months-old dialogues.

Reyes – then, as he was until this morning, the chief spokesman in the FARC’s seven-member Secretariat – received our group. He was soft-spoken and short of stature. He spoke in lengthy, florid phrases, saying much while telling us little. He assured us that the FARC hated narco-trafficking, that they merely taxed coca-growers the same way they charged levies on all economic activity, and that the FARC would be “the best ally the United States could have” against narco-trafficking if we worked with the guerrillas on alternative development. When we raised the issue of kidnapping, Reyes corrected us, insisting that the group’s victims were not kidnapped or held hostage, but “detained.”

During the entire two-hour meeting, Raúl Reyes never removed the rifle that hung from his shoulder.

Reyes – his real name Luis Edgar Devia – is now dead, the first member of the FARC Secretariat to be killed in the forty-four year history of Colombia’s conflict. His killing is a big victory for the Colombian government. It is also likely to be an indirect result of U.S. assistance. Reyes was located through an intercept of satellite telephone communications, a capability that the Colombians owe to equipment – or perhaps even signals intelligence itself – provided by the United States.

Though it is hard to know what is going on within the FARC, Reyes was believed to be, after paramount leader “Manuel Marulanda,” either the most powerful or the second-most powerful member of the FARC leadership. Over the years I had heard that he was one of the FARC’s hardest-line leaders; that although he was the group’s chief spokesman and negotiator, he personally had little use for peace talks; that he was one of the group’s chief ideologists; and that he had been a significant backer of the FARC’s decision to raise funds through narco-trafficking. (Of course, I’ve never been able to verify the truth of any of these claims.)

A few points:

  • Today’s blow is the latest – and the biggest – in a series of serious reversals for the FARC, making clear that the group’s military capability is far from its late-1990s peak. In the past year, the guerrillas have seen key leaders killed (before Reyes, Caribbean Bloc leader Gustavo Rueda, alias “Martín Caballero,” and 16th Front leader Tomás Medina, alias “Negro Acacio”). Eleven of their hostages were murdered under circumstances that they have yet to clarify. Messengers carrying proofs of life were followed and intercepted by security forces. And then the guerrillas were discovered to have lost track of a baby hostage who, in fact, had been in the custody of government welfare services.

Taken together, these episodes show an insurgent group in a state of strategic crisis. Its problems are compounded by the group’s degraded ability to depend on local populations for logistical support or intelligence. After so many years of international humanitarian law violations, the FARC’s “hearts and minds” problems are beginning to cost them.

  • Reyes’ disappearance from the scene is likely to intensify a power struggle within the FARC over who is to succeed aging leader Manuel Marulanda. By some accounts – none of which can be verified – Marulanda is convalescing, suffering from prostate cancer or even dead. The group is not known to have a succession procedure, but Reyes was believed to be a top contender to take Marulanda’s place, and already to have been in a significant decision-making role. With Reyes gone, there may be a period of jockeying for position among the rest of the FARC leadership, which could further affect the organization’s coherence.
  • Reyes’ departure could be bad news for the FARC’s hostages. This would not be the case if another FARC leader – Alfonso Cano, Jorge Briceño – had been killed. But Raúl Reyes was one of the guerrillas’ only channels of communication to the outside world. Most of those who visited or interacted with the group – Piedad Córdoba, foreign diplomats, other authorized facilitators – had to meet with Raúl Reyes. With the disappearance of this “spokesman,” a key window to the outside has closed. (Notably, Reyes had not been the principal point of contact with the Venezuelan government; those contacts have been the province of another secretariat member, Iván Márquez.)

It is possible that this won’t make much difference in the guerrillas’ communications with the outside. Perhaps the group might put forward another spokesperson/negotiator who is more pragmatic and fast-moving than Reyes was (there is little reason to believe that they will, though).

It is likely, though, that efforts to make the contacts necessary to negotiate a hostage-for-prisoner exchange – much less peace talks – will be set back, for months at least, until the guerrillas manage to designate another interlocutor.

43 Responses to “The death of “Raúl Reyes””

  1. Chris Says:

    Not to belittle U.S. government support/assistance in this event, but I believe that the Colombian military/police had some significant intelligence support from the Ecuadorian military.

    I have been wondering what the FARC response to this would be? It’s seems reasonable to believe that anymore hostage releases or negotiations are off the table. Would they kill a hostage(s) over this. I don’t think that would be a good move at this time. The most pragmatic response, would be to lay low and recuperate. I think that will be their response.

  2. jcg Says:

    Death is not a happy thing, but the man knew he was in an organization which both receives and inflicts suffering and death. He had to be prepared for that, or else he wouldn’t be in FARC.

    I have little to no personal sympathy for “Reyes”, all things considered I didn’t even know him beyond his public pronouncements, but as a human being I do feel a generic sense of empathy for those who may be in a position to truly care.

    Which means I do recognize the military significance of this, though FARC may or may not be able to exercise enough damage control in the long run, without jumping up and down in celebration.

    That said, I do hope FARC doesn’t retaliate in ways that make things considerably worse. They will, of course, do something, but there are “understandable” (in the loosest sense of the word) actions and others which are simply barbaric.

    Chris; I wonder about that indeed…Uribe talked with Correa shortly after the fact, as far as we know, and so far he’s been prudent in his declarations.

  3. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Good analysis: “fair and balanced” :mrgreen:

  4. Camilla Says:

    I knew there would be long faces over here.

    I disagree with Adam’s analysis that this is a victory for the hated /s Uribe government. It is not. It is a victory for the Colombian people and the Colombian nation.

    When they decided to forego the pleasures and comforts and banal certitudes of appeasement, they decided to go with Uribe. That was a big shift – and a big chance. They could have had the happy comforts and nobel prizes and clinking champagne glasses of the well-funded NGOs who determine the nobel prizes for their path to appeasement. But they knew better, decided to skip the praises of that backslapping UniSwede crowd and kill communist terrorists instead. All the got was grief from the so-called international community. They were threatened with death and worse by FARC, too. They did it all anyway and voted for Uribe, who gave them exactly the direct confrontation with deadly killers he promised he would. They did it. Now this death of this dirtbag is their victory. It’s the victory of the entire nation, not just one adminstration. Remember: the Colombian people chose this administration as the agent of its aspirations. They wanted FARC destroyed and that’s what they are getting. This should be FARC’s last year.

  5. jcg Says:

    Well Chris..seems things aren’t quite like that.

    Chávez has made his relatively predictable protest and has talked to Correa according to presss reports.

    Now Ecuador has said it is recalling its ambassador from Colombia.

    Not going to try and interpret this too much so soon and without more information about the details, but there you have it.

    The only thing I do find curious is that, way back, when Venezuela and Brazil, to name two examples, have entered Colombia in “hot pursuit” of irregulars (usually guerrillas, but probably not exclusively), Colombia apparently never complained in any significant way that I can mentally recall.

    That’s not to say that any country should be allowed to freely violate borders, but that there are different ways of dealing with these situations and politics, of course, plays a role…including in terms of actual coordination, which if it existed could prevent any tensions.

  6. Randy Paul Says:

    Long faces? I don’t see any. Simply because our enthusiasm doesn’t rise to your near-orgasmic levels doesn’t count as long faces.

    As far as my opinion goes, you live by the sword, you die by the sword.

  7. LFM Says:

    Here, here, Randy Paul. I was going to react to the “long faces” line but you’ve hit the right note. No need to dignify it with more kilobytes. As for implications of the event itself, I rather wait a while more before commenting. It so happens that these days I’ll meet with people who know more about this stuff than I do. I’ll see if they have any better judgment elements.

  8. Camilla Says:

    Randy Paul: Appeasement Kills.

  9. o-lu Says:

    Adam,

    Ya que lo conociste, sabes quién era Devia? Qué formacion tenia y por qué se metio a la guerrilla? (Contrario a Martin Sombra, no era campesino y si tenia documentos de identidad).

    Otra cosa: dice Carlos Lozano (PC) que lo ubico el ejército por andar dialogando. Se acaba la interlocucion con los europeos? Mato Uribe de un tiro dos pajaros?

  10. Randy Paul Says:

    Camilla: No one said anything about appeasement. Indeed, the only appeasement going on in Colombia is appeasement of the paramilitaries.

    Bullshit stinks – and yours does to high heaven.

  11. Camilla Says:

    Trolling today, are you, Randy Paul? Why don’t you try contributing instead of hurling boring insults?

  12. Jaime Bustos Says:

    ‘Milla, I will try to contribute: If what Ron Paul says is true, then you need an urgent “appeasement” in your ace ! he he he he he

  13. Alan Avella Says:

    For us living here in Colombia is a big victory, like the ones our current president Alvaro Uribe has let us have the last few months (march 2008). What really worries me is that the international community is not doing nothing to stop terrorist aiding presidents like Hugo Chavez who has been manipulating all the world thanks to the power he has linked to the Oil supply…. but will the world do anything?? Or Will it just watch? and with many proofs of having been aiding the armed revolutionary forces in Colombia giving them not only a “place to stay” ehrn they want but arming them supplying all they need to destroy secretly our country… what does he want? Maybe weaken us so he can sustain an armed conflict with Colombia. Thins we can see from the inside but not fro ourside as I can tell.

  14. Chris Says:

    JCG,

    Many sites are pointing to the use of the satellite phone by Reyes that gave away his position. That’s probably the case; however, I don’t think that Correa has a lot of support from his military…they might have still helped indirectly.

    I am astonished by Chavez’s reaction…close the embassy, send thousands of troops and tanks to the border. Is he ready for this type of escalation…to so blatantly support what is considered by the majority to be a terrorist group. With his support among his own people dwindling, how does this look to them? How do Venezuelans react to their leaders preposterous moves? You would think that they would be against all of this; however, no German stopped Hitler as he moved into the Czech Republic and Poland.

    Can’t wait to see this play out.

  15. Randy Paul Says:

    Trolling today, are you, Randy Paul? Why don’t you try contributing instead of hurling boring insults?

    Camilla, I’m not trolling. You are the one who made references to appeasement -when no one else did, nor did anyone else behave in an appeasing manner – and you are the one who accused us of having long faces over this news when there was absolutely not one scintilla of proof for your hate-filled statement.

    You’re projecting and your behavior is so basic in this regard it’s really a textbook example of projection. You come here and baselessly accuse people of having feelings that you manufacture out of whole cloth, simply because our opinion of President Uribe doesn’t rise to your level of bovine worship and act outraged when we take offense at your strawman representation of our beliefs. That is the very definition of a troll.

    Not to mention the fact that I have twice explained to you – and you have yet to afford me the most basic courtesy of responding to – where my position lies. Here it is for the third time:

    1.) My sympathies lie solely with the innocent victims of this conflict on both sides. Many years ago I dated a woman from Santa Marta whose brother was kidnapped and killed by the FARC. I live in a community in New York called Jackson Heights, which, as you may know, has a large Colombian emigre population. Over the years I have met people who have had family members who have been killed and/or threatened by the AUC.

    2.) I appreciate the fact that Uribe has a tough job, but I also believe he has a bias towards the AUC, tacit at best, subtly supportive at worst. I cannot imagine a moment when fugitives from justice would address a nation’s congress with the aid of an elected representative (Rocio Arias).

    3.) I do not like to see my tax dollars expended on the Colombian military, especially given the strong ties some of its brass have with the AUC. I would prefer more be expended on humanitarian efforts, much as it may pain you.

    4.) The so-called left-wing NGO’s have done plenty to condemn the violence on both sides: Amnesty International and HRW have vigorously condemned attacks on civilians by the FARC, including the use of gas cylinder bombs by the FARC.

    So yes, I have beliefs. They are nuanced and carefully considered. I just don’t have much tolerance for a simple, cheerleading view of President Uribe as you certainly appear to have. Too many people are suffering for anyone to be cheering.

    Just once, I would like to see if you could show some of the outrage that you reserve exclusively for the FARC to outrages like this. Perhaps then I could take you seriously.

  16. Miguel Says:

    Hugo Chavez complains that the civil rights of FARC’S Raul Reyes were violated. How about the civil rights of their hostages?

  17. Camilla Says:

    Randy Paul, you know nothing about me, so don’t be my psychologist. If you have something to say about the post above, do it, but don’t cut and paste all the nonsense you always do, i’ve read it 20 times and it’s borrrring and based on your old-womanish hysteria about me, i doubt you believe it.

    Now, to return to the death of Reyes: Looks like the Colombian army got the goods on the little FARC-loving toads running Ecuador. They published news taken from old Raulito’s computer, showing growing contacts between Ecuador and the FARC and demanded an explanation, and this one Ecuador won’t be able to lie its way around. It show a bonafide terror-supporting state that isn’t likely to be able to produce a decent explanation other than typical radical-leftwing mountain-guerrilla worship – it’s like a religion to them – alongside a desire to overthrow President Uribe’s democratically elected, repeat, democratically elected, government. So much for the Correa-grade left being a tolerant bunch, they just connived to overthrow Colombia’s president.

    God knows what they have on Venezuela but I would venture it would be horrific. Colombia is encircled by two provably terror-supporting states and where is the international community – that polite, cocktail-clinking consensus crowd – about this blatant violation of Colombia’s democracy?

    Here’s my guess: they’ll do nothing, and not worry that their credibility will go to hell. But that will only increase the likelihood of war either from the Chavista side, or from the Colombia side because nations take things into their own hands when the bs gets thick enough. The international community would be right to stand up for Colombia’s right to exist as a democracy. It would also be helpful if the US made a statement of support for Colombia, the terror-supporters need something to concentrate their minds.

    A big scam has been going on right now, and Colombia has been fighting all by itself against huge forces outside its borders who have been helping Marxist narcoterrorists all along. There needs to be a reckoning. If the left cannot be responsible, it does not deserve to rule. Part of being responsible is leaving one’s neighbors alone and not trying to overthrow their democratic governments every single time they can.

  18. Jaime Bustos Says:

    ‘Milla his sponsors and the lackey are ready to bomb Chavez’ arse away. Wonder what they waiting for :?

  19. Tambopaxi Says:

    I live in Quito. I don’t know that I’d go as far as Camilla at this point, but at the very least, Correa and his military will need to explain how Reyes and his crew were sleeping peacefully well inside Ecuadorian territory.

    In fairness to Correa, I’ve lived here for seven years and well before Correa, Ecuador’s taken the “don’t ask, don’t tell” attitude to FARC presence in country. Dozens of FARC encampments have been discovered up north over the years I’ve been here, and every time, without fail, they’ve been discovered shortly after the camps were abandoned. To my knowledge, there’s never been an incident between the FARC and Ecuadorian security forces, so Correa’s not the first Ecuadorian leader to tolerate the FARC here.

    Up to now, I would have attributed that tolerance to basic fear of the FARC. Perhaps it was less fear than affinity, but now, if news coming out on these captured FARC laptops is to be believed, Correa and his ex-minister of government, Gustavo Larrea have been negotiating with Reyes and the FARC to set up and official relationship with the FARC such that they’d be sheltered in Ecuador. If, repeat, if this is true, it spells big trouble for Correa here. The FARC is viewed here for what they are, a group of thugs, kidnappers and murderers, and evidence of a cozy relationship between Correa and the FARC which turns out to be true and confirmed could very well presage Correa’s end as President here.

  20. Carlos Says:

    Well, for those who can read spanish, you can find more details of the conversations between Ecuadorian government and FARC in this colombian press article http://www.semana.com/wf_InfoArticulo.aspx?IdArt=109891

    What they are basically saying, although with a tone that implies malevolent plans from President Correa, is that he is trying to obtain freedom of the oldest FARC hostage and that FARC is trying to get the belligerence status from that country. I don’t think it could be true one really polemic statement: that President Correa would reveal the names of the officers that cause troubles to FARC. If you think carefully it doesn’t make any sense at all. What would gain Ecuador with this revelation? the murder of its own people? It seems to me as way to create a conflict between the Ecuadorian army and police and the President.

    There is no single reference to overthrown President Uribe government or anything similar, as Camilla is trying to imply…

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  22. Nelson Says:

    I wish Reyes was in Jail an not dead, I wish he had paid for all the killings they did. But well, he is dead. I live in Colombia and I was born here, and it is weird to read foreign newspaper that only the government and the elites are pleased with the killing of Reyes. Everyone I know is happy, and you can see the smile of people in the streets.

    Now I am really surprised to see the proofs of the contacts that Ecuador has had with the FARC. Now Venezuela (well, Chavez) is one with the FARC. It is what you perceive now.

  23. Randy Paul Says:

    Camilla,

    Allow me to make this simple. You come here and accuse us of having long faces over the death of Raúl Reyes, when in fact, my only comment regarding his death was “You live by the sword, you die by the sword.”

    I could truly care less about the death of Raúl Reyes (neither mourning nor cheering) – except to the extent that it may destabilize the region with the FARC possibly being given safe havens in neighboring states and the Colombian military making incursions into its neighbors’ territories – yet when I object to your deliberate and provocative misrepresentation of our views and call it for what it is (bullshit), you take offense.

    I have never seen anyone on these comments pages – and I have been commenting here a lot longer than you have – speak favorably at all about the FARC. You certainly won’t see me make such a comment.

    So, if you don’t want to taken to task for your mendacious statements there’s a simple solution for this: don’t fabricate lies about your fellow commenters.

  24. Nobcentral Says:

    This story is quickly spiralling and one thing that is becoming clear is that both Venezuela and Ecuador look to be complicit, at the least, with the FARC, if not overtly aiding them. This has serious implications and the US needs to step up and extert a little influence with Ecuador if at all possible.

    If the allegations are proved true (that Ecuador and Venzuela are aiding the FARC directly) then that clearly qualifies them for the Terrorist List and all the sanctions that follow. The US should make clear to President Correa the grave implications of such a classification. The situation needs to be defused and so far, both Ecuador and Venezuela are exacerbating this event with inflammatory saber-rattling and ridiculous one-off declarations that they couldn’t back up if they tried.

    But what they can do is continue to provide a safe haven to a terrorist group that is on the run. That would be the worst turn of events since the only real chance of negotiations is to force the FARC to the negotiating table. There should be serious consequences to such actions and the US should *quietly* communicate what some of those consequences could be.

    I also wonder what the democratic candidates for president would say about this since Obama has stated that he would pursue Al Queda into Pakistan if they Pakistanis were unwilling to act. Sure looks like this is what Uribe did and, violation of international law or not, it also looks like he’s got the moral high ground on this one. I’m guessing he’ll be on TV tonight or tomorrow with a fiery speech about supporting terrorists, etc.

  25. Chris Says:

    I am posting something a good friend of mine wrote to the NY times…it’s not directly relevant to the death of Reyes, but I’ll post anyway…I like it. BTW, turns out my intuition regarding Ecuadorian Army complicity in the death of Reyes was wrong.

    Dear sir or madam,

    RE: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/01/world/americas/01cordoba.html?fta=y

    I commend the fact that NY Times coverage of Colombia has stopped obsessing over the alleged association of President Alvaro Uribe’s allies with “paramilitary death-squads.” However, romanticizing about Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba is tantamount to doing the same for those politicians who are “allied” with the largely demobilized paramilitaries. Piedad openly supports the FARC and President Chavez who is trying desperately to spread his oil-financed “revolution” to all countries of the region by ANY means necessary while ignoring the needs of his own people.

    Did the Times happen to talk to any of the millions of Colombians and others who marched just weeks ago against the FARC? There is a very good reason for the public rejection of the FARC. They are equally if not more brutal than the former paramilitary organizations. They have little to no support from the Colombian people who are tired of their intimidation, kidnappings and murder. The current mayor of Bogota is an elected socialist yet the FARC still insist on their armed “revolution”, subjecting rural children to war and the countryside to millions of improvised mines that kill and maim thousands of innocent people.

    However, to the Times the FARC is still a “rebel” group, or in other words “freedom” fighters, and the paramilitaries who fight against them are “death squads.” After four decades of chaos and conflict the Colombian government is making significant progress to control its own territory, provide increased employment opportunities and protect vulnerable political candidates/democracy, but everything I read from one of my favorite sources of international news is consistently biased on Colombia.

    I am an independent yet liberal minded individual who cannot ignore this double standard. Please ask Times reporters who cover Latin America such as Simon Romero to talk to the Colombian people from time to time to see if they would consider his reporting unbiased or if they would consider it akin to a double standard; both painful and counterproductive.

    I have lived in Colombia for the past five years and had the pleasure of seeing the twinkle in many a Colombian’s eye when they talk about a possible end to the fear and violence. Possible for the first time thanks to the leadership of a brave yet controversial Colombian President who is now under repeated threat of war from a neighbor who openly backs a terrorist insurgent group within that “aggressor” country. THAT indeed should be considered an act of war… not a military strike on a drug trafficking murderer just 1.8km across the border (according to other press reports) into Ecuador.

    Another note I thought I should add… There are hundreds of thousands of successful people of mixed-race, mestizo or mulatta like Piedad, in Colombia. She is not unique in that sense nor is there anywhere near the level of racism and bigotry in Colombia as there is in our own country.

    Perhaps the perspective of this news organization will change when Chavez has a viable means to deliver his oil to alternative markets and cuts 30% of our imports, sending our economy spirling out of control via an energy crisis beyond the scale of the 1970s.

    Regards,

    Robert

  26. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Well, Chris, in my point of view,Robert is a happy go lucky gringo lost in the colombian culture, and he’s got to work hard in getting his facts straight should he want to. Colombia, in my personal view is much more racist than the United States or at least, it’s inhabitants treat darker skinned fellow colombians with words that if uttered in the US would qualify for them being imprisoned, on a daily basis.

    On the other hand it is well known that Mr Uribe has had links with narcotic peddler rings since he was very young and lots of reports link him closely to Pablo Escobar and other well known drug lords. Additionally his links to paramilitary groups are well documented and undeniable – a different issue is why he has not been indicted.

    If it were not for your friend Robert stating that he is a liberal himself, I would have concluded he was a neocon, on the extreme of the specter of this pervasive and odious ideological phenomenon.

  27. Kyle Says:

    Jaime, do you know what a neocon is? For example, what are the two schools of thought in neo-conservatism? What is the “extreme” of the neocon specter?
    While Robert is intellectually lazy and wrong in many respects, and too extreme in others, I think your pedantic rant is much of the same.
    As I have become somewhat disillusioned with the comments section nowadays, though there are good comments still, a Socratic approach may lead my future commenting.

  28. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Kyliman , believe me when I say I give plums about you commenting or not. About neocons I know exactly what I am talking about, suffix to say.

    BTW, I already have a profile of you, you are too young, gullible, and know nothing about soot :roll:

  29. o-lu Says:

    Vaya! Colombia es pasion también en este blog!

  30. Miguel Says:

    Ecuador and Venezuela have reacted with anger because Colombia’s army killed one of theirs. The photos of Reyes and Chilean activists and the presence of a Mexican woman guerrilla in the FARC, show that the old communist alliance of foreign collaborators is still alive. The releases of a few hostages by the communists was used for propaganda purposes, not humanitarian gestures. It’s ridiculous that the terrorists kidnap Innocent people by force and when they release them piece meal they want to be called “humanitarians”.

  31. Ozmodius Says:

    I wonder if anyone noticed that Raul was in a body bag for a long time having jaundice set in. I wonder how long he’s been dead for jaundice to set in. Sounds like a well executed plan if you ask me especially with a laptop that can withstand an explosion from rockets from an army plane (No criticism of the explosive power of Russian Missile) but I can’t imagine a computer serviving the explosion or the jungle. I would love to see the laptop in the next news report, maybe I would get one if it proved to be that rugged from the manufacturer (Survived a missile attack and the hard drive still works)

  32. jcg Says:

    Ozmodius: If you look at the photos, from Ecuadorian authorities even, lots of things survived the bombings, including weaponry and other implements. In fact, they also found a laptop themselves.

  33. Tambopaxi Says:

    jcg, Agree with you that lots of stuff survived the bombings, including weapons, generators, what appear to be cots, kitchen utensils and other things I can’t identify from photos. Local (Ecuadorian) press that I’ve read say nothing about another laptop being found, though. Where did you see that report? T

  34. Sergio Méndez Says:

    Kyle:

    What are “the two schools” of thought in neoconservatism? I amjust courious.

  35. Kyle Says:

    Democratic Realism and Democratic Universalism

  36. Kyle Says:

    And Jaime, if you know what you are talking about, why not just humor me?

  37. Ozmodius Says:

    Saw the bombing of the recruitment center today in Times Square, NY. It shattered a few windows from several blocks away. Wondering why the laptop’s screen didn’t shatter from the explosion. Wondering if I should shoot my neighbor for breaking my sovereignty for breaking my window (when really I would probably yell at first and ask for recompense i.e. “fix the window”). I would pay top dollar to see these government leaders do the W.C Fields joke. “Duke it out with socks full of manure…”. Governments will continue to use fear tactics for their own means, when in reality the world is becoming a global community, and they promote separatism thought nationalism. The next person who asks’ me where I come from I feel I should tell them “I come from earth…” or maybe “I come from my mothers vagina…”, because in reality no one person owns a television satellite, and it is time we all learned the truth. We live in a messed up world of good and evil, for each evil the innocent pay through government protection and laws. How many liberties are you willing to sacrifice before you starve.

  38. Miguel Says:

    Without the ideological, military and monetary support from the Old Soviet Union, las FARC are falling apart. Communist Cubans are unable to help because they themselves are starving, the only friend they have is the crazy Hugo Chavez . It’s time for those recalcitrant Communists to give up their attempt to carry out a second “Bolshevik Revolution” , it’s almost 100 years too late.

  39. Miguel Says:

    The Government of Colombia offered a reward for anybody who would catch (live or dead) any FARC leader. Well, one ex-FARC guerrilla did just that, now the Colombian Government doesn’t want to pay the reward, because the ex-guerrilla committed “homicide” by killing his boss (the FARC leader), if he didn’t kill him, how could he have brought the subversive to the authorities? What a dilemma, if the army had killed him it would have been OK and no reward would have been paid. I think that the Colombian Government has to explain very clearly what he means by “dead or alive” (”dead” from natural causes, accident or what?).

  40. Ozmodius Says:

    Been watching the news and seeing a domino affect. Next they will talk about border drones (someone already has them for years now). Of course this whole dilemma was founded on the idea of trying to sell unproven technology. We have been just been sold a used car with new paint and red primer (Movie: Used Cars) in an a packaged service. The real dilemma is the Ecuadorian pipeline, which was built incorrectly and someone (guess who) won’t pay, but is willing to barter with what they have on hand. Sounds too convenient to me; just watch the news for the latest… Maybe someone will catch on…

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  42. Ozmodius Says:

    oooooohhhhhhh! a genetic test that proves nationality on a dead person. A story that should make anyone laugh. Think about it the Ecuadorian President slept with his wife and said, “must be Ecuadorian, then committed an act of necrophilia (a personal problem from those kinky politicians) and proclaimed it feels Ecuadorian…”. It’s easier to believe that Bush and the Ecuadorian President are related, since they both exhibit the telltale genetic marker for Stupidity?!!! I believe that its easier to do the Pepsi challenge, sleep with the person available (cuddle or other), and evaluate their nationality based on the which side they chose to rest upon.

  43. Sebastian Says:

    This is a victory for the Colombian country as a whole. As a Colombian i will tell you that we stride and all we work for is peace in our country. FARC has dedicated 50 years to the spread of terror in our country. Raul Reyes’ death is a very great step forward for us. Little by little peace will once rule Colombia for good, this is the moment all of my people have been waiting for since 1964.

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