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Saturday, June 25, 2016

FARC

Black Rifle O' Death
Notice the fingernails
A story about women in FARC, the guerrilla army in Colombia, showed up in my Medium newsletter this morning.


The above photo is of a woman in FARC in the Colombian jungle, not some metrosexual in a Florida nightclub.

If we were really worried about people being killed with guns, we would pay more attention to American foreign policy. American foreign policy is what gets us involved in wars all over the planet. We usually claim provocation. In the good old days it was usually by the Communists, but the ragheads have been moving up. But paying attention to foreign policy that requires thinking and abstract thought and that is hard work. I think I kind of have a handle on it, but I'm not sure. And it's not that interesting, not like hot girls, high tech toys, fast cars and cool guns.

And does thinking about foreign policy do any good? I mean other than to reinforce my beliefs that many of the people in charge are certifiable shitheads? Okay, I write this blog and maybe my opinions exert some small influence on the general population.

In any case, it's not the unbridled greed of the American Capitalists and their running dogs that causes all the trouble. It's the callous disregard for the peasant population that provides an opportunity for the Communists to get a toehold, which is the first step on the road to a Communist revolution, which is what we have going on in Colombia.

Now I understand that trying to get a business going that is based on extracting some kind of wealth (i.e. some kind of produce you can sell to the rest of the world) from the jungles of South America can be an all consuming project. Small matters like stepping on peoples toes could easily be ignored, especially when they don't speak English, their manners are diffident, and besides, they smell bad.

That's just the way of the world. The loud and pushy get things going and it's up to the mild and accommodating to smooth things over. But it takes a while for the mild to catch up with the bold, who are constantly trampling new paths through the jungle.

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