Pope Urges Skeptical Colombians To Accept Peace With Guerrillas

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In a world infested with Communism with a Communist Pope leading the new age ‘Catholic Church’, only the very ignorant and naive can believe that there is ‘true repentance’ of the horrors committed by FARC. What ‘so-called’ Pope Francis is doing is opening the doors wide open for Communism to politically control Colombia, under the LIE that the “FARC has repented”! How many people has the FARC killed? More than 220,000 over the past five decades and 7 million Colombians had to flee their homes. The question is: Will the drug trade stop? We know that is out of the question. How many people are having their lives destroyed or being killed thanks to the international drug trade? Millions around the world. Oh! But ‘Francis’ urges Colombians to accept peace with the devil! Why? Because he himself is a Communist and a member of the evil clan

Let’s NOT forget that in 2016 the Nobel Peace Prize, went to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos “for his resolute efforts to bring [Colombia’s] more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.” We know that only the tribe gives Nobel Prizes! 

Reacting to the Nobel decision, Colombian journalist Carlos Arturo Charria, a columnist for El Espectador newspaper, told +972 by email that he hopes the prize pushes half of his country “to come out of its hate and misinformation” and support the peace deal.

It’s a laudable aim for a prize that, in 1973, went to none other than Henry Kissinger. But the Nobel Peace Prize Committee’s decision may instead speak to a fundamental misreading of the dynamics of protracted conflict.

Pope Francis

“Pope urges skeptical Colombians to accept peace with guerrillas,” Source: thehindu.com

Pope Francis urged Colombians skeptical of a peace deal with guerrillas to be open to reconciliation with those who have repented, speaking hours after a top rebel leader asked the pontiff for forgiveness.

“Dear people of Colombia: do not be afraid of asking for forgiveness and offering it,” he said, at an emotional meeting that brought together victims of the 50-year civil war with former guerrilla and paramilitary fighters.

The Argentine pope, leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, is visiting Colombia with a message of national reconciliation, as the country tries to heal the wounds left by the conflict and bitter disagreements over a peace deal agreed last year.

Pope Francis flew to the city of Villavicencio in Meta province, a vast cattle ranching area which was a hotbed of right-wing paramilitary and Marxist guerrilla violence during a conflict with successive governments.

As he arrived, former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel leader Rodrigo Londono, now the head of a new political party, issued an open letter to the pope asking for forgiveness for the suffering the group inflicted.

“Your repeated expressions about God’s infinite mercy move me to plead your forgiveness for any tears or pain that we have caused the people of Colombia,” Mr. Londono, who goes by the alias Timochenko, said in the letter. (IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TIMOCHENKO BELOW – ZionistReport) 

Tens of thousands of ecstatic people in this humid area of savanna and shantytowns packed the roads as the Pope, riding in the front seat of a simple car, passed by on Friday morning after his plane arrived from the capital Bogota.

The Pope’s afternoon prayer meeting in Villavicencio with about 6,000 survivors of the brutal conflict was the centerpiece of his five-day trip to overwhelmingly Catholic Colombia.

He listened to personal accounts from four people, including a woman who joined a paramilitary group when she was 16, a former FARC guerrilla, and two victims of violence between the guerrillas and paramilitary squads.

One of the victims, Pastora Mira Garcţa, told how she lost her father, husband and two children in the conflict. To great applause she urged forgiveness to “break the cycle of violence” and said she could now “name the unnamable and forgive the unforgivable”.

On the wall of the stage was a destroyed statue of Jesus Christ recovered from a church attacked by the FARC in 2002 in the rain forest village of Bojaya. About 80 people were killed as they sought refuge from rebel bombings inside the humble church.

The plaster figure, without arms or legs, has become an enduring symbol of the war.

“As we look at it, we remember not only what happened on that day, but also the immense suffering, the many deaths and broken lives, and all the blood spilled in Colombia these past decades,” the Pope said.

Deeply Polarised

Conflict between right-wing paramilitary squads, Marxist rebels, and government forces since the 1960s has killed more than 220,000 people and left millions more displaced.

Now Colombians are deeply polarized as they prepare to receive 7,000 former fighters, such as Mr. Londono, into society.

Many are furious that under last year’s peace deal, FARC leaders accused of kidnapping and murder will avoid jail sentences and may receive seats in congress as members of a new political party.

Pope Francis addressed this hesitancy head-on.

“Undoubtedly, it is a challenge for each of us to trust that those who inflicted suffering on communities and on a whole country can take a step forward,” he said.

“Let us heal that pain and welcome every person who has committed offences, who admits their failures, is repentant and truly wants to make reparation.”

As he left Villavicencio, he stopped to pray at the Reconciliation Cross, a memorial to survivors and those killed during the war, and planted a tree as a symbol of peace.

Earlier, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for hundreds of thousands of people on a muddy field to beatify Pedro Maria Ramirez, a priest who was killed in 1948 during a period of political violence known as “La Violencia,” and Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo, killed in 1989 by the National Liberation Army (ELN) for suspected collaboration with the military.

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Who is Timochenko? Source: insightcrime.org 
Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias “Timochenko,” is only the third commander-in-chief in the FARC‘s nearly 50-year history. Of the three, Timochenko has the most mysterious past.

History

Some sources say Timoshenko is a trained medical doctor, but there is no record of his studies. Most say he hails from Quindio, a coffee-growing province in central Colombia, which saw some of the country’s worst political violence during a decades-long upheaval that began in the 1940s and ended just before groups like the FARC emerged in the mid-1960s.

Timochenko was trained in Cuba and Russia, and his nom de guerre was presumably chosen in honor of Semyon Timoshenko, a famous Soviet general during World War II. Timochenko‘s rise through the ranks took place in some of the group’s most important strategic zones of influence. He is believed to have started his career with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the violence-torn province of Antioquia, before moving on to the Magdalena Medio region in central Colombia.

Both of these areas of Colombia saw the guerrillas face tremendous pressure from the military and paramilitary groups in the 1980s. Suspected guerrilla sympathizers were massacred by right-wing paramilitaries of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) and, gripped by paranoia, some local FARC commanders carried out brutal purges within their own ranks, until Timochenko stepped in and took command. This tale fed his reputation as a radical hardliner within the FARC.

By 1993, Timochenko was the head of the FARC‘s Magdalena Medio Bloc, which was thought to be one of the toughest guerrilla divisions to command. Soon after, he was named to the Secretariat, the seven-man commanding unit of the organization.

Following the November 2011 death of the guerrillas’ previous commander, alias “Alfonso Cano,” Timochenko assumed leadership of the FARC.

Timochenko is known for his military skills, and although he has some experience managing international contacts in Venezuela, he relies on Luciano Marin, alias “Ivan Marquez,” for the diplomatic and international side, as the latter is head of the FARC‘s International Front. Timochenko also reportedly has experience as the rebel head of intelligence and counter-intelligence, something he needs in order to keep an eye on his inner circle.

Criminal Activities

Timochenko is wanted by US authorities on drug trafficking charges, but the FARC claims that its participation in the drug trade is limited to taxing coca growers.

Geography

Since leaving the Magdalena Medio Bloc, Timochenko has operated mostly in the northeast corner of Colombia, along the border with Venezuela. This region has grown in importance for the rebels over the last 15 years for two reasons: the growth of the FARCas a drug trafficking organization, and the emergence of elements in Venezuela as partners in criminal and insurgent activities.

Allies and Enemies

The FARC has alliances with both the National Liberation Army (ELN) and criminal groups known as BACRIM (from the Spanish for “criminal bands”). The FARC has engaged in joint military operations with the ELN and some FARC fronts collaborate with BACRIM in the drug trade.

Prospects

Under Timochenko‘s command, the FARC has entered into the first round of formal peace talks with the Colombian government for over a decade. However, Timochenko has a $5 million bounty on his head from the United States and it remains unclear whether or not US authorities will ask for his extradition if the FARC demobilize.