Video: The final speech by FARC’s #2 guy

posted at 6:08 pm on November 22, 2010 by Fausta Wertz

Colombian authorities have released a video of the military commander and No. 2 man of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Mono Jojoy (h/t Shane). He was responsible for kidnapping, murder, drug trafficking, and forcibly recruiting children for the FARC.

Here is the video, in Spanish. Notice the age of the FARC members:

I translated the video at Real Clear World (if you use this translation please credit me and link to this post). Mono Jojoy, whose real name was Víctor Julio Suárez Rojas, is addressing the members during a ceremony welcoming new recruits:

“If the comrades Marulata and Jacobo, for the political circumstances in this country, made the political decision to organize this guerrilla army, [it was] due to causes that justify the existence of this guerrilla.

“Because of that, being a guerrilla is the highest responsibility.

“What we do here it to shape, to improve the character, the thinking, of people coming from a capitalist society, a gossipy society. We, men and women who integrate this army, do it because we had no other opportunity, not because we are violent. We say, let’s talk, but they don’t pay attention. They want the peace of the kneeling, and that’s not us.

“We respect ourselves to be respected. We’re not going to spend 50 years to say that the armed struggle is useless.

“That’s what I wanted to tell you today. Thank you comrades.”

The speech itself is not meant to make sense in a logical way. Instead, Mono Jojoy wants to remind his audience that they are there to fight for whatever “causes that justify the existence of this guerrilla”, which remain unexplained (except for the desire to be respected), and for the sake of continuing a 50-year war.

That last part is almost ironic. Mono Jojoy was killed on Sept. 21 by the Colombian military during a raid on his terrorist camp. Following his demise, the computers found at the camp have revealed more information that will continue to bring down the FARC, including information on a Colombian senator with close ties to both the FARC and to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

The “50 year armed struggle” is not over, but at least its leaders are getting what they deserve.

Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog


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They are just kids

Kini on November 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Thank you for posting this.

RedRedRice on November 22, 2010 at 6:20 PM

…………… I`m sorry, gotta do it.

FARC HIM!

ThePrez on November 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM

They are just kids

Kini on November 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM

They are violent drug running Marxists. You do not want to know what they have done to captives.

hawkdriver on November 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Those kids really ought to consider the fact that they are all likely to meet the same fate that their hero Che met… dying young and alone.

Of course, young men are always immortal, aren’t they?

JohnGalt23 on November 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM

That last part is almost ironic. Mono Jojoy was killed on Sept. 21 by the Colombian military during a raid on his terrorist camp.

Did Obama send his condolences?

Chip on November 22, 2010 at 6:31 PM

They look fairly healthy. I believe one of the leaders had thrown in the towel because she was tired of schlepping through the jungle, starving.

Is this the guy who had diabetes and needed special boots and when he ordered a new pair they put in a gps? LOL

Blake on November 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM

They are violent drug running Marxists. You do not want to know what they have done to captives.
hawkdriver on November 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM

And they have the same basic ideology as our Dear Reader and his cadre of far-left oppressives….

Chip on November 22, 2010 at 6:41 PM


“Is this the guy who had diabetes and needed special boots and when he ordered a new pair they put in a gps?”

Blake,

Yes, he’s that guy, but I think the GPS story is a cover that the Colombians came out with… they probably have an infiltrator or some other way of getting good intelligence…

ujorge on November 22, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Follow the money.

rickyricardo on November 22, 2010 at 6:47 PM

They are just kids

This reminds me of something in the Bible:

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. … “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

sandberg on November 22, 2010 at 6:52 PM

They are violent drug running Marxists. You do not want to know what they have done to captives.

hawkdriver on November 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM

If I’m not mistaken, this is the same group that was holding several hostages for years and were recently rescued. However, there are still more hostages still being held, I believe.

Kini on November 22, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Kini on November 22, 2010 at 6:55 PM

If they can ransome someone they’re kept alive. The Columbian Army types or drug traffic competitors they capture are pretty well mutilated. I’ve seen pictures from my SOF buds and they are stone cold heartless killers.

hawkdriver on November 22, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I’ve seen pictures from my SOF buds and they are stone cold heartless killers.

hawkdriver on November 22, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Just reinforcing the fact that, despite the liberals’ wishes otherwise, pure evil exists in this world and must be destroyed.

AZfederalist on November 22, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Those kids really ought to consider the fact that they are all likely to meet the same fate that their hero Che met… dying young and alone.

Of course, young men are always immortal, aren’t they?

JohnGalt23 on November 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Most kids don’t have a choice. They are kidnapped from their families, placed in rough training camps. They like taking the boys at 11 and 12. They are trained, beat, and brainwashed for a year. Then they are moved into “units” to fight.

Voice of the Martyrs has had outreaches to the FARC guerrillas. For years they have been seeking to convert as many as possible. Many who have converted have ended up dead by their Marxist brothers.

Tim Burton on November 22, 2010 at 11:51 PM

My sympathy to the Colombians, who have to continue dealing with these animals.

Shy Guy on November 23, 2010 at 2:48 AM