Since it’s inception in 1964 after an era of battles between the political parties of Liberales and Conservadores in Colombia, the organized crime group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), has killed more than 200,000 people, according to Reuters.
The group, that is infamous for it’s role in the world’s black market for narcotics, continues to haunt the nation in the face of development.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos follows the mound of reforms implemented for fighting the FARC and groups alike, by previous President Alvaro Uribe. Uribe is famous for being one of the most successful combatants against groups like the FARC.
Recently however, the group has been “interested in peace talks,” reports Reuters. Strategically played, of course, to attain promote peace between the government and the revolutionary group, the Marxist rebels kidnapped high ranking officer, General Ruben Dario Alzate and two other people traveling with him.
The capturing of these hostages just adds to the list of others captured by the group as incentive for high ransom payments.
The group is using the hostages to negotiate peace, or rather, for Colombian military forces to stop tyraids on the groups turf so that they can function “properly.” This would stop/minimize “guerrilla warfare” within the country, because the Colombian Army would be backing down. Aka, Colombian military, why are you getting in the way of one of the world’s most notorious narco group’s production?
The group was originally founded out of unrest and inequality based on the centralization of money and benefits in Colombia. Like most Latin American countries, the rural regions did not reap the benefits of being a harvest country for it raw natural resources, but rather faced poverty without aid from the government.
This problem has fueled and maintained the rise and control of organized crime groups that spawned from these over looked regions and formed out of unrest. Despite Santos’s grand efforts to promote investment in Colombia and put it onto the international market’s radar, some realities are too big to escape.
Although Perú has surpassed Colombia in being the world’s number one cocaine producer, Colombia still is a key country to see the contradiction between developmental facade and reality.