Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating for a “peace agreement” with Marxist terrorists FARC. The agreement would have given the murderous communist organization a pass for their many crimes and sickeningly, a seat in the Colombian government.
FARC “has killed more than 250,000 people and displaced thousands since 1964,” as reported at The Atlantic.
Thankfully, Colombians rejected the so-called “peace deal” by an alarmingly small margin earlier this month. Conservative former president Alvaro Uribe “led the ‘No’ campaign against the peace deal” as reported at the Chicago Tribune.
“My soul is not prepared to debate with criminals,” Álvaro Uribe was quoted as saying.
It is a shame that Alvaro Uribe did not win the Nobel Peace Prize.
As reported at the Chicago Tribune,
“Colombians widely credit Uribe for forcing the rebels to the negotiating table by leading a U.S.-backed military offensive that pushed them to the edge of the jungle during his 2002-2010 presidency.”
The current president has quite a different approach than Alvaro Uribe. The NYT reported that Juan Manuel Santos “resisted calls for tough prison sentences for the FARC, saying that would push them away from the table and back to the war.”
Under the agreement, Marxist FARC rebels would have been “allowed to form a political party that would be recognized by the government and take 10 seats in the country’s 268-member Congress.”
The effort to force “peace” with communist terrorists was supported, unsurprisingly, by United States taxpayers along with “Cuba, Norway, Venezuela and Chile.”
As reported at the Marketplace:
“President Barack Obama welcomed his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in early February to discuss the peace proposals. Mr. Obama pledged $450 million in assistance for a U.S. initiative called ‘Peace Colombia,’ which has a clearly different tone and context than ‘Plan Colombia,’ a multibillion dollar U.S. effort to bolster security…Many Colombians are angry that FARC and its leaders will avoid prison. FARC has has been on the U.S. State Dept’s Foreign Terror Organizations list since 1997.”
Speaking of Barack Obama, he is certainly not giving up on the opportunity to bring
communism “peace” to Colombia.
As reported at McClatchyDC on Thursday,
“Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that U.S. Diplomat Bernie Aronson will return to Havana to help Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño craft a new agreement that will be more palatable to the Colombian people.”
Not surprisingly, the New York Times forgot to mention that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is a communist organization, opting instead to refer to them as a “leftist rebel group.”