The chances the Colombian government’s ongoing peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will end with the guerrillas morphing into a political party willing and able to participate in the democratic process of Colombia and play by the rules of participatory democracy are iffy at best.
Since the early years of the twentieth century, the world has been engaged in four world wars: World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the current war against Radical Islam. The first of those wars was a struggle against radical nationalism. The second and third were characterized by the struggle of Western civilization against totalitarian secular ideologies: Nazism and Communism. The current war pits the same Western principles against a radical and barbaric manifestation of one of the world’s great religions—Islam.
STRATEGIC INSIGHTS: THE POST-CONFLICT AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF COLOMBIA’S ARMED FORCES Dr. R. Evan Ellis
The Armed Forces are arguably at the forefront among all Colombians in the hopes that the coming agreement with the FARC brings “peace” to the country, yet it is clear that they also take their responsibility to defend the nation very seriously, preparing to do their part in the next phase of the conflict which is likely to come.
On July 18, it will be 22 years since a suicide bomber destroyed the headquarters of the Argentinean Jewish community in Buenos Aires (AMIA), killing 85 people and wounding hundreds. Two years earlier, the Israeli Embassy in the same city was destroyed.
Venezuelan president,Nicolas Maduro recently appointed Nestor Reverol as new Minister of Interior and Justice. Reverol, whose new position puts him in charge of the justice system and law enforcement has been recently accused by a Federal Court in New York of participating in a drug trafficking network and of aiding in the smuggling of cocaine into the United States.
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