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October 13, 1981: FARC massacres peasants in Colombia

On October 13, 1981 FARC terrorists massacred 12 peasants in the Colombian provinces of Antioquia, Caqueta and Cordoba.

VARIOUS PROVINCES, COLOMBIA – Is it not sad that so many terrorist groups that portray themselves as ‘popular’ kill the very people they say they are defending?

I have always been amused by governments that put the words ‘people’ or ‘popular’ in their names. The ‘People’s’ Republic of China. The ‘Democratic’ ‘People’s’ ‘Republic’ of Korea (note that the last noun is the only accurate one!!). As if the dictators give a rat’s ass about the people they control and imprison.

L’etat c’est moi – completely!! (Photo: DonkeyHotey on flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Terrorist groups do this as well. The ‘Popular’ Front for the Liberation of Palestine is a good example (BTW I cannot help but think of my post on Top Ten Worst Terrorist Names). Others always claim to be ‘popular’, i.e. they really think they have the support of the very people they fight in the name of. Why is it, then, that these groups often kill those same people?

The FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Colombian Armed Revolutionary Forces) is a prime case. Founded in the 1950s, the FARC has Marxist overtones and we all know that Marxism is all about power by the people for the people, right?

On this day in 1981

FARC terrorists massacred 12 peasants in the Colombian provinces of Antioquia, Caqueta and Cordoba. Among the dead were four women and a child: five of those killed were part of a peasant labour movement.

FARC, the Colombian rebels who’ve been funding their revolution against the state with kidnapping, extortion, and drug dealing.

Janet Evanovich

I wonder if the families of the victims see the FARC as their guardians. My guess is not.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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