By John Galt
November 6, 2011 – 16:08 ET
The assassination of FARC leader Alfonso Cano might be viewed as a victory against communism and narco-terror but in reality this is a huge blow for the Iranians who have spent years cultivating relationships with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and various rebel movements like FARC, the remanants of the Zapitistas in the Chiapas state of Mexico, and other Central American nations designed of course to prepare the battlefield for future action against the “great Satan” to the north.
From the publication Americas Society this excerpt is crucial, especially the portions in bold:
November 5, 2011
The Colombian military took out a series of top guerrilla leaders in the past few years, but yesterday’s assassination of Alfonso Cano marked the first time the government either caught or killed the top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Born Guillermo León Sáenz but known most commonly by his FARC battle name, Cano died in a bombing raid carried out in the Cauca province, according to official reports. Rumors of his death began to swirl in the afternoon of November 4, but it wasn’t until the early hours of the following morning—after official reports that Cano’s identity was confirmed through fingerprints—that President Juan Manuel Santos delivered remarks announcing the death. “I want to send a message to each and every member of this organization: demobilize,” said Santos in the televised address. “Because if you don’t, as we’ve said so many times and as we’ve shown, you will end up in jail or in a tomb.” Still, the president warned against celebrating victory until peace breaks through the struggle against the guerrillas that’s now over four decades old. The FARC has seen its numbers dwindle, and much of its leadership crushed. So how much closer does Cano’s death bring the conflict to a close?
The demise of Cano, an anthropologist and ideologue whose FARC career dates back to the 1980s, is the latest in a string of blows suffered by the guerrillas. Last year, within two months of Santos’ inauguration, the president announced the assassination of FARC’s second-in-command Jorge Briceño Suárez, better known as “Mono Jojoy.” During that strike (as in the one against Cano) Colombian authorities reportedly seized a number of computers and USB drives providing intelligence insight into FARC operations. In 2008, Colombia’s cross-border raid into Ecuador sparked tensions with that neighbor and Venezuela, but also brought about the assassination of another senior leader, Raul Reyes, as well as the capture of computer hardware. Plagued by desertions, the FARC has seen its numbers drop from roughly 18,000 soldiers almost a decade ago to an estimated 8,000 in recent years, according to official figures.
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The history of Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard involvement with Central American anti-U.S. causes has been well documented on my radio program and these pages; yet the American people are constantly shielded by political correctness, Islamist movements influencing the media, and the blind willingness to accept the theory that terrorist attacks initiated by radical Islam are fictional or of minimal importance. With the termination of the FARC leadership and the dilution of the Venezuelan dictator’s financial and military potential, the desperation factor now comes into play for a last ditch attack against Yanquis of the north in a “use it or lose it strategy.”
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