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Joe Biden to strip Colombian FARC communists of terrorist designation

Suspected anonymous “US and congressional officials” told the the Wall Street newspaper This week, President Joe Biden plans to remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a nearly 60-year-old terrorist organization responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, from the U.S. list of designated foreign terrorist groups.

The FARC, a communist group, has been responsible for a wide variety of human rights atrocities in Colombia since their founding in 1964, including massacres, kidnappings, child rape, forced abortions, the use of child soldiers and one of the most lucrative drug trafficking operations.

The government of then-President Juan Manuel Santos struck a “peace deal,” against the will of the Colombian people, with the FARC terrorist leaders in 2016, granting terrorists unchallenged seats in Congress and several other concessions. major, in particular by allowing them to establish a formal agreement. political party without imposing restrictions on the use of profits from international drug trafficking. The deal preceded record-breaking cocaine production, a continuing wave of left-wing mob violence and a situation in which unelected federal lawmakers threaten to kill the country’s democratically elected president from unknown locations in the Venezuelan jungle.

Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

Supporters of the FARC peace deal claim, despite evidence to the contrary, that most of the terrorist group’s low-level fighters – many of whom were coerced into terrorism after being kidnapped and abused as children – have given up terrorism and handed over their weapons to the Colombians. government. The fact that high-ranking FARC members, with the blatant exception of the failed presidential candidate “Tymoshenko”, continued to engage in drug trafficking and guerrilla violence did not deter this narrative, in particular. in Washington.

The the Wall Street newspaper placed strong emphasis on the alleged demobilization of low-level FARC terrorists despite the group’s ongoing activities in its report on Biden, potentially removing them from the official U.S. list of designated foreign terrorist organizations.

“The FARC began to demobilize shortly after the signing, with 13,000 men and women laying down their arms,” ​​the company newspaper said on Tuesday.

Graffiti by FARC leader Manuel Marulanda is seen in the Territorial Training and Reincorporation Zone (ETCR) of El Oso, in Gaitania, Tolima Department, Colombia on October 27, 2021 (RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP via Getty Images)

The newspaper provided little information on who had said Biden would strip the FARC of its terrorist label and the White House has yet to weigh in on the measure. He said the Biden administration would make an official announcement on the matter by November 30, the fifth anniversary of the unpopular “peace deal.”

“The Biden administration will remove a former Colombian rebel group from a list of foreign terrorist organizations, a move intended to demonstrate US support for a fragile peace deal with the guerrillas in Colombia,” US and congressional officials told the current announcement to come. according to Newspaper.

This decision “sends the signal to the FARC, it’s been five years, you did your part, you behaved correctly and we are removing you from the list,” said the former head of the Santos administration, Sergio Jaramillo. the Wall Street newspaper. Jaramillo called the move “low cost”.

The the Wall Street newspaper noted that the delisting of the FARC as a terrorist organization allowed the United States government to fund the group.

To remedy the fact that FARC leaders like “Iván Márquez” remain active in terrorism, the the Wall Street newspaper claimed that Biden would simply rename the actual FARC leaders and label them, as the “New Marquetalía group,” a designated terrorist organization, but would remove the FARC from the list by name. Marquez and the now deceased FARC leader “Jesús Santrich”, once offered a post of lawmaker under the “peace agreement”, resurfaced after disappearing in 2019 in propaganda videos calling for a “New Marquetalía”, or guerrilla struggle, against the current Colombian government. President Ivan Duque. Duque, of the conservative Center Democratic Party, won the presidency in part because of popular disgust with Santos’ FARC policies.

In addition to the “New Marquetalia” FARC leaders, however, Duque’s government has publicly stated that it has evidence that FARC members participated in a wave of urban violence that hit nearly every city in the country at the start. this year after left-wing groups called for a “national strike” against the government. Masked assailants torched police stations, torched churches and ransacked residential neighborhoods and hospital deliveries for weeks after a call for a “national strike.”

“We have determined that [involved in] the disorder and vandalism that have occurred in Cali in recent days there are structures linked to drug trafficking, the ELN [National Liberation Army, another communist terror group], and the FARC, ”Colombian Attorney General Francisco Barbosa Delgado said in May. Cali has suffered some of the worst violence among major cities in Colombia.

Joe Biden to strip Colombian FARC communists of terrorist designation

A Colombian soldier patrols in Marquetalia, home of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Tolima department, Colombia, October 27, 2021 (RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP via Getty Images)

Legitimizing the FARC has been a priority for Biden Democrats since the Obama administration. Obama succeeded in removing the FARC from the list in 2015 despite his numerous acts of terrorism and links to other terrorist groups such as Hezbollah after sending then Secretary of State John Kerry to Cuba to meet the terrorist leaders of the group. Kerry – an ally of other Communist human rights criminals like the Chinese Communist Party – was one of the world’s most enthusiastic supporters of the Santos “peace deal” at the time.

“I am happy that after more than four years of intensive talks, the Colombian government and the FARC have made inroads on some of the most difficult issues to resolve,” Kerry said in 2016. “President Santos deserves credit for his courage, his leadership, and an unwavering commitment to peace. … I also want to recognize the hard work of the negotiating teams and the constructive role played by the governments of Norway and Cuba.

The Obama administration also removed Cuba from the list of US terrorist sponsor states despite its open collaboration with the FARC and its links with other terrorist entities like the Iranian government, also on the list of sponsor states.

President Donald Trump has fired the FARC and Cuba on their respective lists.

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