August 20, 2001
Narco News 2001
Corrects the Press
"All they can say is that
we are alive,
that we continue to bother them, that we remain on our feet and
in combat until the ultimate victory, and that they await our
official announcement of victory."
From the ANNCOL news agency
Translated by The Narco
commercial media - that is, the Colombian
media of psychological warfare and distortion (the Caracol
news agency, RCN, El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano,
El País, etc.) and the news wires of the international
agencies (Reuters, EFE, ITT, ect.) - reported to the Colombian
people and to the world about an operation of dimensions never
before seen against the guerrilla movement of the FARC-EP, claming
the death of more than 100 of its combatants and the capture
of dozens of them, as well as the seizure of a large quantity
There is no lack of those, like the radio
chains, Caracol and RCN, who opened their militarist
and pro-paramilitary oligarchic networks of internet access,
under the pretext of "Opinion Columns," to military
intelligence and paramilitaries to claim that "the operation
against more than 3,000 members of the FARC continues."
They characterized the military officials as "heroes of
the nation" and others said "the hour has arrived to
annihilate the FARC." Another said, "On to Caguan and
death to the FARC." Another said "They should continue
to Caguan, if the president doesn't stop them." Another
said, "Use an iron fist: There is no other place for these
delinquents than the grave." There was no lack of saber
rattling by the military intelligence agencies.
From the United States they said, "Long
live Colombia, and get those agents of subversion" and other
messages stated that "officials of the Air Force, the Army
and other security forces want you to serve your country and
terminate the guerrilla of the FARC and ELN and all the others
who are the same" (they refer to the labor, farmer, student
and worker groups, fathers and mothers of families, opposition
political organizations and social organizations, and also independent
human rights organizations).
Others, below the sign of the cross, said,
"Congratulations to the Army of my country that God blesses."
That is how they responded through cyberspace, and the cited
radio stations of Colombia. The pupils of the Santo Domingo and
Ardila Lule groups (including its aggressive security chief,
but with very solid connections with the military hierarchy and
its paramilitary strategy) published messages that came from
military intelligence and its parrots, completing this round
of psychological warfare, to develop a National Security doctrine
with the tactic of dirty warfare and low-intensity conflict.
Psychological warfare and operations against
the FARC have been the constant factor, the reason for Military
Forces in defense of State Terrorism to exist. They were conducted
in large operations before: in 1964, under the line of the LASO
"Operation Marquetalia", when 16,000 soldiers backed
by gringo helicopters and bombers. And they were attempted again,
in the 1970s, with the regional operations intended to destroy
the structure of the FARC.
On August 19, 1980, there was the "Giant
Operation of Extermination." In December of 1990, "Operation
Greenhouse" was conducted to clean the path and impose total
neoliberalism and the continuation of the evil two-party dictatorship
in Colombia. Later, in 1997, they attempted "Operation Destroyer
II," with its enormous fiasco for the Military Forces and,
today, the "7th of August" Operation, put in march
on Saturday, August 18th, accompanied by a great publicity campaign
on television networks across the world.
The European TV chains in Sweden, Spain,
Italy, Germany, etc., said that the Colombian Army achieved a
great victory over the FARC-EP. The daily El Tiempo (voice of
the right wing) exhibited, on its front page, three guns with
some arms dealers and reported that graves with the corpses of
guerrillas had been found. Thus, we have many questions:
Who is the Colombian Military hierarchy
trying to convince with its story of victory in combat and the
supposed military defeat of the FARC-EP?
How much did the "August 7th Operation"
that mobilized 3,500 military soldiers against 1,300 troops of
the FARC-EP in the demilitarized zone cost?
A high ranking military official tried
to convince the Colombian people that the military budget must
be increased from 4% of the gross national product to 5% or 6%,
as well as an increase from 40% to 45% of the national budget.
In a new communiqué from Los Pozos
by Gabriel Angel, member of the Issues Commission of the FARC-EP,
he answered ANNCOL's question about the recent battles, and spoke
with authority on the situation: "All they can say is that
we are alive, that we continue to bother them, that we remain
on our feet and in combat until the ultimate victory, and that
they await our official announcement of victory."