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FARC Commander gives up

By See-Dubya  •  May 20, 2008 08:22 AM

After the devastating strikes on their leadership’s camp just over the border in Ecuador, the FARC has been going through some tough time. Intel gained from their laptops has led investigators around Latin America to caches of money, arms, and supporters.

The information captured there, which was verified by Interpol the other day, continues to pay off on the world stage. It details the FARC’s relations with Hugo Chavez, it led to the arrest of arms dealer Viktor Bout, and it even revealed the FARC’s preference for an Obama victory in the upcoming U.S. election.

Now there’s another dividend–FARC’s top surviving commander “Karina” will fight no more forever. She surrendered this week after 24 years of fighting our ally.

Sounds like a real sweetheart:

Asked about news reports of guerrilla operations she may have participated in, Karina admitted to nothing. “They accuse me of a lot of things I wasn’t part of,” she said.

But Miguel Antonio Paez told CNN en Espanol that he remembers well the woman who, with a band of guerrillas, stopped the bus he was on in 2004 in northwest Colombia, ordered him and the other passengers off and the bus be burned.

“The commander of that guerrilla group — a dark-haired woman, tall, with one eye missing — called herself Karina,” he said.

“She ordered me tied up. Here, I have the marks from the wires, and there, while I was tied up, she lopped off my penis and testicles and I remained castrated for all my life.”

The war will continue, but this is a major victory in Colombia’s decades-long counterinsurgency.

It’s also a victory for Plan Colombia, which both U.S. Senate liberals and the FARC have long opposed.

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