By Iván Márquez
The world’s largest lie factory is the United States White House. The “cartel of the suns” is just a brilliant name to deceive the unwary. It doesn’t exist. What is its structure? Who are the members of the sonorous cartel? It is a poisoned invention of the powerful fake news and disinformation machine that Washington manipulates. The linking of FARC-EP peace negotiators Iván Márquez and Jesús Santrich to a nebulous organization, used to justify the unjust U.S. aggression against Venezuela, must be challenged as infamous. It recalls the injustice against Simón Trinidad. What, a cartel of the suns or what the hell! Let the pure and clean truth spread its wings and fly free, so that the world can see the implosion of a lie propped up in the wind.
The war on drugs is a failure, and it is a fraud. A few years ago former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura reported that the DEA and the CIA finance the destabilization of democratic and sovereign governments with money from drug trafficking. And they do so because they deem it unlikely, as immoral, to gain Congressional approval of resources destined for a horrible and unpresentable cause. Those agencies also know that they would never obtain the approval of the people of the United States for such dirty purposes. That explains why in the great nation of the north, there is no coherent persecution of the mafia for the distribution of cocaine, which is the one that ultimately rises with the exorbitant profits from the business.
The Washington government’s stance against drug trafficking is totally hypocritical. It is blind or appears to be blind when criminal behavior contributes to reinforcing its ambition for dominance.
At this point, who does not know that Iván Duque was elected president of Colombia with money from the mafia collected by the drug trafficker known as the “Ñeñe Hernández,” ill-gotten money that was used for electoral fraud and vote buying? To Mr. Duque the revocation of the mandate should be applied, and also, what he himself asked for as a presidential candidate: that not only the treasurers of the campaigns go to jail, but the candidates themselves.
But the footprints of former President Uribe in his old runway through drug trafficking trails are much deeper, because being Director of Civil Aeronautics, he authorized Pablo Escobar to use clandestine runways, a license that allowed him to dispatch planes full of cocaine to the U.S. It was Uribe who made Escobar famous by opening the air corridor to the north, which eventually catapulted him to the most powerful mafia boss of the time. No wonder Pablo Escobar, grateful, referred to the young official as “that blessed boy.”
They say that Uribe has always been a front. And perhaps that is why he allowed, as president, the use of the El Dorado international airport in Bogotá, the dispatch, through that large corridor, of immense shipments of cocaine, and that by that same route some profits would return. Even Duque’s ambassador to Uruguay, Mr. Sanclemente, had a cocaine processing laboratory in the vicinity of Bogotá.
And these hypocrites are offended when someone, observing reality, concludes that Colombia is a narco-state. They persecute viciously the weakest link in the chain, which are the poor peasants, but never the money-laundering bankers and businessmen. Ask the current vice president, Marta Lucía Ramírez, who while stealthily bailing out her brother Bernardo, imprisoned in the United States for heroin trafficking, and having murky relationships with the gangster known as the “Ghost Memo,” wants to eat the peasants alive, the poor “mules,” and condemn them forever and ever …
The American people should make their government remove the shameful blindfold.
It’s clear: The White House uses weak, straw-tailed presidents. It offers them immunity in exchange for them becoming its puppets. And the best puppets it has had in South America, without a doubt, have been Álvaro Uribe and Iván Duque from Colombia. Therefore, for them there is no persecution or judicial punishment.
Liars, like donkeys, come together to scratch themselves.
I close these lines recalling the unjust judicial assembly of Álvaro Uribe and his pocket Attorney General, Mr. Camilo Osorio, through which the irreproachable guerrilla leader Simón Trinidad was extradited to the United States, under the mendacious charge of drug trafficking. Public opinion remembers that Simón defeated the lie of these two abject characters in the judicial courts of that country. They had to invent another charge, unrelated to the reason for his extradition, in order to convict him: that of being a member of the FARC’s Central General Staff. And that is how he was sentenced to 60 years in prison, of which he has already served more than 15. He is currently being held in one of the most inhumane prisons in the United States, that of Florence, Colorado.
I inform the world that an innocent man named Simón Trinidad of the FARC is chained in that prison, for which I ask solidarity and justice, and through it his liberation. Simón was never a member of the FARC Central General Staff, although he did have the very high rank of peace negotiator for an insurgent force. The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, lied when he assured us in Havana that with the signing of the Peace Agreement they would consider the release of Simón Trinidad.
June 21, 2020
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), Second Marquetalia
Translated by Greg Butterfield