FARCed Up

A Che-obsessed Dutch woman who joined a Columbian revolutionary group found out that it’s not all sunshine and butterflies

The army stumbled on the handwritten diary during a raid on a guerrilla camp. It lay near the embers of a communal kitchen where fleeing rebels left their breakfast untouched.

“I’m tired, tired of the FARC, tired of the people, tired of communal living. Tired of never having anything for myself,” wrote the author, a 29-year-old Dutch woman.

Colombia’s government couldn’t have hoped for better propaganda against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. It leaked excerpts from the diary found last June to the media, even making available an English translation of the Dutch entries.

The first known person from outside Latin America to join the region’s largest rebel army wasn’t just disillusioned. Like most FARC foot soldiers, Tanja Nijmeijer apparently wasn’t permitted to leave.

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Blair

Blair isn’t to blame for Islamist terror | Comment | The Observer
By Denis MacShane of The Guardian UK

Ten years ago, in November 1997, 50 Swiss tourists rose early to visit
the Valley of the Kings across the Nile from Luxor in Egypt. Suddenly
from the hills came a group of Islamists. They shot, disembowelled and
decapitated the tourists.

It was just one of the many forerunners of
9/11 in 2001 in New York, 7/7 in 2005 in London or 11/M as the Spanish
call the train bombings in Madrid in 2004. Today, as the killing in the
name of extremist political Islamist ideology increases in tempo and
intelligence agencies struggle to disarm those promised a passage to
heaven if they blow themselves and others up, the earlier wave of
militant Islamist killing can be overlooked.

Britain. Britain. Britain.

Melanie Phillips gives some insight on Britain’s anti-semetic turn. Interestingly this anti-semitism isn’t coming from the usual suspects but rather the academic Left.

Theological anti-Semitism’s themes reemerged in the next mutation: racial anti-Semitism. This ideology held that, on account of their genetic inheritance, Jews were the enemies of humanity—a demonic conspiracy whose malign influence could be countered only by removing them from the face of the earth. Nazi Germany tried to do just that, killing 6 million Jews between 1933 and 1945.