Several FARC members were arrested in the United States,
where they were caught trying to buy helicopters and military weapons (including
.50 caliber machine-guns.) Meanwhile, president Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is
threatening to interrupt the normal $5 billion in annual trade with Colombia,
because of perceived insults to him by Colombia. Chavez is still trying to set
up talks between the Colombian government and FARC. It's feared that this will
include more favorable treatment of FARC rebels trying to set up camp on the
Venezuelan side of the border.
December 11, 2007: The
government is trying to counter increasing FARC infiltration of universities.
Some students are attracted to the FARC "outlaw/rebel" image, and
this often leads to criminal behavior and acts of urban terrorism. The main
FARC force is being slowly taken apart by government soldiers, police and lawyers out in the countryside. FARC is
trying to set up new operations in urban areas. But FARC is largely hated by
the urban population. But there are always a few who favor FARC, or can be
December 8, 2007: The
government has offered a 150 square kilometer "meeting zone" that
would be free of any weapons, and monitored by foreign observers. FARC prefers
a zone which they control, and can use as a sanctuary from government attack.
The "meeting zone" is not what
they want. To further frustrate the rebels, the government has offered $100
million in cash rewards for rebels who will report where the kidnap victims are
December 6, 2007: Another
cocaine carrying "submarine" (actually a semi-submersible vessel that
is very difficult to spot because only a small "conning tower" is
above the water) was sunk off the Pacific coast. Four crewmen were arrested,
and several tons of cocaine appear to have gone down with the boat (in over
9,000 feet of water).