March 25, 2008


A FARC Fan's Notes (Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2008)

A hard drive recovered from the computer of a killed Colombian guerrilla has offered more insights into the opposition of House Democrats to the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

A military strike three weeks ago killed Raúl Reyes, No. 2 in command of the FARC, Colombia's most notorious terrorist group. The Reyes hard drive reveals an ardent effort to do business directly with the FARC by Congressman James McGovern (D., Mass.), a leading opponent of the free-trade deal. Mr. McGovern has been working with an American go-between, who has been offering the rebels help in undermining Colombia's elected and popular government.

Not that the Democrats are generally free traders, but we oughtn't underestimate the degree to which Colombia is being held hostage to their bitterness over losing the Latin American phase of the Cold War.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2008 9:06 AM

Massachussets, eh? What, the IRA business has dried up?

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 25, 2008 11:48 AM

Can someone direct me to a biography of the "American go-between", Mr Jones?

Posted by: ed at March 25, 2008 1:02 PM

Gee, that's some nice treason you got going there, Mr. McGovern.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 25, 2008 2:05 PM

He's just following in the footsteps of John Kerry, Chris Dodd, Teddy Kennedy, Jim Wright, Tom Harkin, Jimmy Carter, and others. They would rather see Chavez become another Castro than Uribe set Columbia on the path to real freedom and prosperity. It has always been so.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 25, 2008 5:56 PM