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Response to EX500rider (Reply #26)

Thu Dec 26, 2013, 03:33 PM

28. Guerrilla armies take their funds where they can obtain them.

 

Not saying it's a good thing, just a fact of life. Ask the Contras. Ask the factions in the Lebanese civil war. Ask the Viet Cong (and for that matter ask the French in Vietnam and later the CIA). Or for that matter, ask the rightist Colombian paramilitaries.

The FARC refers to the kidnappings as the taking of political prisoners to pay war taxes. Kinda harsh, I suppose, but must be seen in the context of a decades-long civil war where non-upper middle class people have been killed, imprisoned, and turned into refugees by the hundreds of thousands.

Interestingly, the rightist Colombian government is at this very moment engaged in serious peace negotiations with these "terrorists."

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