Playing Charlie Brown to FARC's Lucy; Colombia and France thought you could make a deal with these people - with the expected results.
A Colombian Marxist guerrilla leader released this month from a prison north of the capital of Bogota at the request of new French President Nicolas Sarkozy has embarrassed both Mr. Sarkozy and President Alvaro Uribe by calling on guerrillas to keep fighting.Next time, just a bullet to the forehead will be just fine; then move on to the next in line. Guerrilla war is different than guerrilla crime.
"I will never demobilize or call for an end to armed struggle until our objectives are met," said Rodrigo Granda, foreign minister for the rebel movement, in an interview published by the French newspaper Liberation.
It was hoped that his release would be an inducement to help free more than 1,000 hostages held by the rebels.
The hoped-for hostage swap would include a former French-Colombian presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, and three American defense contractors.
Mr. Uribe accused Mr. Granda of failing to live up to his promise to make a public call for peace and for the demobilization of his group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The leftist group has been fighting Colombia governments for more than four decades.
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