Then there was their unexpectedly warm endorsement of their perceived Marxist brother, one Sen. Barack Obama. HT The Bench. Gateway Pundit with the full story on FARC, but here's the excerpt on Obama, who doesn't need more unsolicited press this week:
"6. Los gringos pedirán cita con el ministro para solicitarle nos comunicara su interés en conversar estos temas. Dicen que el nuevo presidente de su país será Obama y que ellos están interesados en sus compatriotas. Obama no apoyara Plan Colombia ni firma de TLC. Aquí respondimos que nos interesan las relaciones con todos los gobiernos en igualdad de condiciones y que en el caso de Estados Unidos se requiere in pronunciamiento público expresando su interés en conversar con las Farc dada su eterna guerra con nosotros.Maybe these are the bad guys Obama wants to talk to. Terrorists against free trade among other things, like freedom and democracy. They sound like union functionaries and use the methods of terror. Oh, and their buddy Chavez says Colombia is the Israel of South America. Lovely sentiments. Where do you think the uranium came from.
Es todo, Abrazos, Raúl."
6. The gringos will ask for an appointment with the minister to solicit him to communicate to us his interest in discussing these topics. They say that the new president of their country will be Obama and that they are interested in your compatriots. Obama will not support "Plan Colombia" nor will he sign the TLC (Colombian Free Trade agreement). Here we responded that we are interested in relations with all governments in equality of conditions and that in the case of the US it is required a public pronouncement expressing their interest in talking with the FARC given their eternal war against us.
UPDATE: WSJ story today with this nugget at the end. Apparently FARC is holding high-level hostages. At least Chavez wants to free them, or perhaps use them for his own leverage:
Much of the correspondence released by the Colombians touches on Mr. Chávez's plan to use the negotiations to free former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages held by the FARC as a lever to get international recognition for the FARC and isolate Mr. Uribe, who has vigorously fought the guerrillas and been a key U.S. ally. But the FARC was reluctant. "He asked about Ingrid, but we told him if we did it, we'd lose our last card," wrote guerrilla chief Ivan Marquez.The French president makes a plea:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned the leader of Colombia's FARC rebel movement on Thursday that he would be viewed as murderer throughout the world if he let hostage Ingrid Betancourt die.Maybe they will listen to Barack. Background on Ingrid Betancourt:
Fears for Betancourt's safety rose this week after Colombian forces announced they had killed a FARC rebel commander who was the contact person for Paris in hostage negotiations.
In an interview published in Le Figaro daily, Sarkozy said he had taped an appeal to be shown on Colombian television urging the release of Betancourt -- a French-Colombian national who was seized by rebels six years ago.
"I want to tell the FARC, continue in your strategy of humanitarian releases. Don't do something that can't be undone. Ingrid is in danger of dying," he was quoted as saying.
Íngrid Betancourt Pulecio (born December 25, 1961, Bogotá) is a Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist.Some thoughts on this at Powerline. Also, Obama's Arrogance of Impotence as it extends to Iraq in a particularly cold-blooded way. One paragraph:
Obama, to my knowledge, has never advocated anything like military intervention to create a Palestinian state. However, Ed Lasky reports that Obama and Power are contemplating the promotion of ethnic cleansing in Iraq. During a BBC broadcast, Power revealed that when President Obama retreats from Iraq, his plans might very well include "moving potentially people from mixed neighborhoods to homogenous neighborhoods" if that is their choice. Power acknowledged that this action would be the “equivalent of facilitating ethnic cleansing."Recall this:
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.