Colombia on Edge
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|Rachel Ehrenfeld||October 9th 2016|
The Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowing the Peace Prize on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, for his concessions to the narco-terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), reinforces the trend to legitimize terrorism, legalize drugs, and reward criminals. This contradicts the instructions Alfred Nobel gave in his will, which clearly states the Peace Prize should be rewarded to those who "have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Had Nobel been alive today, he, like the Colombian people, would have voted against the Cuban and Venezuelan-sponsored deal, which was negotiated and signed in Havana. The agreement, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize, is aimed at whitewashing the violent drug-trafficking FARC.
Over the past fifty years, the group has claimed the lives of more than 220,000 Colombians and displaced some six million people. The agreement, however, re-labeled the FARC members as "fighters" and "rebels," whose cause was to "[improve] the country's rural areas." Not surprisingly, Raul Castro, John Kerry, the Obama Administration, the European Union, and the United Nations, among others, hailed the agreement, as did the international media. All were "shocked" when the agreement was rejected in the plebiscite held on October 2, 2016.
This is not the first time that negotiations with the FARC have failed. The first initiative to negotiate with the narco-terrorists began in 1997, during the Bill Clinton Administration. Peace talks have been chosen to resolve a criminal conflict and to appease dangerous criminals under the guise of a political agenda. In 1999, Colombian Pres. Andres Pastrana told the Argentine newspaper, Clarin, "there is no evidence that the FARC are drug traffickers." On the contrary, Pastrana claimed, "The FARC have always said they are interested in eradicating illegal crops." To boot, then Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, used the Left's favored "blame America first" motto, claiming the extensive growth drug supply from Colombia is not the FARC's fault, but the fault of "our [America's] demand for drugs."
Indeed, this slogan has become the mantra of drug traffickers smuggling ever growing quantities of illegal drugs to the United States, as well as the international movement to legalize drugs, which has been launched and funded by Bill and Hillary's long-time and generous supporter, George Soros. In the early 1990s, after he made at least one billion dollars bidding against the Bank of England, Soros positioned himself as a social reformer and set out to create an "open society." Since then he has been using his philanthropy to "change" or more accurately deconstruct the moral values and attitudes of the world's leading democracy. He declared war on the "war on drugs' because, like the Castro brothers in Havana, he understood that corruption by drugs and ultimately drug money, can take advantage of even the most advanced, democratic, capitalistic system.
The Clinton administration failed in its efforts to negotiate between the FARC and the Colombian government, and the narco-terrorists has increased its drug trafficking activities and violent attacks on the civilian population. In 2002, the Colombians elected Álvaro Uribe, who swore to fight the nano-traffickers as their new president. And Uribe delivered. During his time in office, the FARC was pushed back. But not for long. Instead of continuing Uribe's successful fight to defeat the weakened narco-terrorists, Andres Pastrana, who succeeded him as president in 2010, chose to negotiate with them and the Obama administration - which has abandoned the "war on drugs" early on, and tacitly supported the efforts to legalize drugs -supported him and his sponsors, the totalitarian Cuban and Venezuelan governments and the Left-leaning Europeans.
The Colombian people, however, asserted their will to live in a free society. They objected to rubber stamping the agreement that does not hold the narco-terrorists responsible for their crimes.
Instead of congratulating the Colombians for their courage, the European Union, which for decades has been funding Palestinian terrorism and supports the Islamic Republic of Iran, has announced its decision to stop some €600 million in development funds to Colombia. Moreover, it keeps the FARC off its terrorist list, because "after the referendum, the FARC did not denounce the peace accord they had signed. In fact, they confirmed their desire to continue to search for a peaceful solution."
The Norwegian Nobel Committee rebuked the Colombian "no" vote and admonished the people for not approving President Santos's efforts in appeasing the FARC. In consolation, Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in hope it "will give him strength to succeed" in his appeasement efforts.