Skip to comments.Kerry to Colombian president: break ties between army & paramilitaries (predicts his foreign policy)
Posted on 07/28/2004 12:05:00 PM PDT by Wolfstar
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Democratic presidential contender John Kerry, his running mate John Edwards and 21 other US senators this week called on Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to break ties between the Colombian army and the country's right-wing paramilitaries.
"We appreciate your commitment to establishing a secure future for Colombians and understand the difficult and complex challenges you face," the 23 senators told Uribe in a letter dated July 26, made available to AFP on Wednesday.
However, said the letter, "we remain deeply concerned about the continued levels of violence directed at the civilian population."
The letter, whose signatories were all Democrats except for Vermont independent James Jeffords, a converted Republican, urged Uribe to follow the recommendations of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) in dealing with violence in his country.
"The most urgent UNHCHR recommendation is to cut ties between the army and paramilitary forces engaged in abuses, by suspending, investigating and vigorously prosecuting officials engaged in such collaboration," said the letter.
"As you know, addressing these abuses requires impartial and effective justice," it said.
"The UN also raises important points regarding the vulnerability of human rights defenders, journalists and union leaders. Progress in investigating and prosecuting threats and attacks against such leaders is essential," said the letter.
1. The UN is all good.
2. We will meddle where Kofi wants us to meddle.
3. The "right wing" is all bad. They must be opposed everywhere.
This letter is also a reminder that Kerry strongly supported the communists in Nicaragua in the 1980's.
Kerry is obsessed with interfering in the internal functions of South American countries.
Jimmy Carter's policy visa vi El Salvadore all over again.
Thank God Castro is getting to old to take advantage of this nonsense for too much longer...
BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ordered his troops to launch a rescue operation if they locate a Roman Catholic bishop being held by Marxist rebels in jungle-covered mountains.
Hundreds of counterinsurgency forces searched the northwestern Casanare region Monday for signs of Misael Vacca Ramirez, the Bishop of Yopal. He was seized Sunday by members of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the smaller of Colombia's two main rebel groups.
Vacca Ramirez has been involved in peace efforts between the government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitary groups battling for control of the oil-rich Casanare and Boyaca regions.
The ELN has been waging a 40-year-old war along with the larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, to topple the government and establish a Marxist-style state. The conflict claims an estimated 3,500 lives every year.
Kerry wants Colombia's left-wing communist factions to win.
It was leaked. Kerry's campaign never approved the release of this document.
Our current policy in Colombia has made enormous progress, after Clinton's policy virtually turned the country over to FARC (creating the need for the paramilitaries, since Colombia's own military could do nothing to protect its citizens). The paramilitaries are disarming at record rates right now, although various foreign NGOs are objecting to the amnesty being offered them.
The same amnesty is available to FARC members, btw, and some of them have taken advantage of it - but I think they're holding out to see what happens in our elections. If Bush gets reelected, their goose is cooked and you can look for many more of them to take advantage of the amnest; and at that point, the remaining paramilitaries will do the same.
What about the Sudan? Does he not care about Africa? His wife is from Africa, right?
Mustabeen a Republican leaker. Quick, let's investigate.
Since you made that observation, the first time I saw that photo, I thought the woman looked like Katherine Harris.
We had friends from Colombia with us last weekend (we used to live there), and they were very very pro-Uribe. He is absolutely no-nonsense on trying to make it a safer place. They say it's much better now than what it's been in years.
AND, by the way, this should never be indexed under "Columbia" since the country is COLOMBIA. Yes, I'm screaming.
She's a mystery woman.
You are correct..
The paramilitaries were formed because the military and the government were on the defensive. The army couldn't even protect themselves, much less the people. There have been several high-profile slaughters of police and soldiers even during peace talks, maybe especially during peace talks. The FARC loved humiliating peace envoys by having a huge slaughter occur during a well publicized visit. So private Colombians organized the "Self Defense" units to take the fight to the FARC.
The military, at least until recently, used the paras as shock troops, to "pacify" an area before they would dare to enter it.
The work we have done with the military over the last couple of years seems to be making the paras less necessary, and if Bush manages to get reelected, I expect to see the country being progressively taken back from the FARC. You will remember that during the last half of the nineties the FARC held an autonomous region the size of Switzerland with the acquiescence of the government, where the army dared not go. No longer.
If Kerry wins, expect to see Colombia blackmailed to prosecute the paras for war crimes, ignoring the fact that FARC lives by assassination and kidnapping and drug running, and fear only the paras.
I am really keeping the fingers and toes crossed for a Bush win, not only for the US, but for Colombia. My work frequently brings me into contact with the situation there (although I have never been to Colombia) and I have always felt that the country was totally betrayed by Clinton, whose policies resulted in giving away that area the size of Switzerland that you mentioned.
Now the people actually seem to have some hope of having a normal national life again, and I think there is a very positive feeling there - but as you say, this will all vanish if Kerry is elected.
Don't scream. It's a typo. We all make 'em from time to time. I'll see if I can correct it. If not, there are worse things...
We must work very hard between now and Nov. 2 to make sure that doesn't happen. I've been having a great deal of fun lampooning the Dem convention this week. But soon the real work of this election season starts.
"On February 28, 1969, now in charge of PCF 94, Kerry came under fire from an enemy location on the shore. The crew's gunner returned fire, hitting and wounding the lone gunman. Kerry directed the boat to charge the enemy position. Beaching his boat, Kerry jumped off, chased the wounded insurgent behind a thatched hutch, and killed him. Kerry and his crew returned within days, armed with a Super 8 video camera he had purchased at the post exchange at Cam Ranh Bay, and reenacted the skirmish on film."
Teresa Heinz-Kerry in interview (reported on FOX Special Report With Brit Hume )
A friend of mine is from Bogota. He's a college student and musician, typically idealistic and liberal, and even he thinks Uribe should be allowed to stay in office. Funny how those who aren't there think they can tell those who are what to do.
A friend of mine was kidnapped and killed by Columbian marxist thugs so I have a BIG problem with this. So will a lot of other Americans.
Response the Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe, should give to Kerry-
Yes, I think so (at least, I hope so) if the word gets out into the mainstream. In the 1980's, when Ed Asner became so viciously outspoken about the situation in Nicaragua, the ratings for the Mary Tyler Moore Show plummeted, and Asner's career has never been the same.
I agree. Unfortunately, like most national leaders, he's probably being very cautious about offending Kerry on the chance (heaven forbid) that he becomes our next president.
BTTT Get that book out there!
. . .for sure; like not having you post this story at all.
Thanks for info; update; and reminder as to the 'who' and 'what' of johneffenkerry.
. . .think 'government education' has changed a few things. I just hope that there of enough voters who still care about the truth of our enemies.
"However, said the letter, "we remain deeply concerned about the continued levels of violence directed at the civilian population."
What he really is saying is "we remain deeply concerned about the continued levels of violence directed at the MARXIST REVOLUTIONARY population.
You're welcome, Cricket. In certain respects, Kerry would be worse than either Clinton or Carter. At least Clinton isn't an idealogue Leftist. Carter, for all his many faults, at least was hemmed in considerably (though by no means entirely) by the realities of his times. The Soviet Union still existed then, and economic times were bad. Kerry is a true Leftist idealogue with little to stop him from selling us out to the international Left (i.e., UN and Euros).
Oh, me too. I'm really sort of mentally holding my breath until the election. The prospect of a Kerry presidency really has me spooked.
wher'd ya live there?
I spent a lot of time there myself and used to know one of the main paras in question....Victor Caranza of Muzo fame.
More Proof from the Komrade Kerry Kamp showing that Komrade Kerry is the true Manchurian Candidate!
OMG! Uribe has been the best hope for a solution to Columbia's problems.
Ketchhup toyboy to the Commie rescue again.
Will he be concerned for the human rights of Bin Laden and Al-Zarqawi?
Answer: you bet he will. You better believe he will.
Absolutely. Unfortunately, this news is getting buried because of the convention. But it's a major signpost to the kind of foreign policy we could expect under a Kerry admin (saints preserve us).
Kerry is a true Leftist ideologue.
As I've mentioned to other FReepers, earlier in the week I had a great deal of fun lampooning the Dem convention. But with this news yesterday, I decided it was time to get serious. A Kerry presidency would be deadly serious, emphasis on deadly for us and for a lot of people around the world who oppose the Leftists in their countries.
Amen to that. Kerry, for all of his pretense of being worldly, is naive to the point of being provincial on international issues like this. Kerry does not get it.
Whether or not he gets it, throughout his adult lifetime, with the exception of his brief tour in Vietnam, Kerry has consistently supported Marxists/communists and opposed those fighting against such regimes.
And well it should. This time he'll beach the boat that holds our children and our country's future.
I am so convinced that this guy is a commie NUT-CASE [he really is nuts], that I really believe if he wins, that it will mean the end of the United States morally, economically, and most likely, physically. Not to mention what will happen to us as individuals, especially white Christians and our families, who are hated by the marxists as the evil of evils, and the biggest obstacle to their plans.
Indie, I agree with you in all respects except one: I don't for one moment think Leftist true-believers like Kerry are nuts. That let's them off the hook way too easily. No, they know precisely what they're doing when the support Marxists, and when they attempt to weaken the United States.
Oh, but he does get it! He full well understands that the target of the "right-wing paramilitary" is the Marxist revolutionary FARC.
And, just as he supported Castro, Ortega and the Sandinistas, Kerry supports the Marxist rebels in Colombia.
The man has never met a Communist he didn't like. Communism is one issue Kerry has never flip-flopped on...