Garry Leech

Garry Leech is an independent journalist and author of numerous books, including Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia and Killing Peace: Colombia’s Conflict and the Failure of U.S. Intervention. He also teaches international politics at Cape Breton University.

  • The FARC

    The Longest Insurgency

    By Garry Leech     June 2011

    To many – the Colombian, U.S. and the E.U. governments among them – the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is no more than a terrorist organization. Moreover, they claim that the FARC is only engaged in criminal activities and no longer maintains an ideology. But does this tell the whole story? Is it possible to engage in armed revolutionary struggle in order to achieve political and ideological objectives without perpetrating acts of terrorism? As the U.N.’s special envoy to Colombia noted in 2003, it would be ‘a mistake to think that the FARC members are only drug traffickers and terrorists.’

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