When we think of terrorism in today’s news, we may immediately turn our attention to terror groups as Al Qaeda or ISIS. That is because our media attention seems focused on terror campaigns combined with diplomacy and military operations. The focus on Syria highlights how terror can spiral out of control to the point of nearly being all out chaos. To combat terror, there are many plans and options. Finding the perfect plan never seems within reach. But what if I told you that the next terror wave that could hit the United States was not Al Qaeda or ISIS. What if I mentioned the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)?
Ask any American citizen if they have ever heard of FARC and they may laugh at the acronym or roll their eyes. But FARC has been around for decades and been a thorn in the side of American-led operations in South America. FARC activities feed on unorthodox methods of terror aimed to spread its information about communism or anti-capitalism. If you think this terror organization is small or doesn’t pose a threat, then you are very misled. The United Nations has published reports that FARC is responsible for nearly 14% of deaths in Columbia alone aimed at spreading terror. Now FARC is making its presence known in the country of Venezuela. The United States relies on some oil exports from Venezuela as well as most South American nations. If FARC can disrupt Venezuela causing the country to starve then what do you think will happen to the youth that has no jobs and spread hatred about the United States? While Immigration and Enforcement may profile Middle Easterners and Mexican nationals, it may have a truly difficult time identifying FARC terrorists.
How does FARC arrive in the United States? There will be no need for FARC terrorists to sneak over the border illegally. FARC has been around for a long time and knows how to use the existing system but acquire weapons and other terror materials on the black market. FARC doesn’t use videos or propaganda to get its message across. Its tactics according to Columbia is to send its manifestos to the local media about why it bombed or committed acts of terror. Its message is simple and to the point. Most of all it’s almost a Robin Hood style of propaganda. Take from the rich and give to the poor. Therefore FARC could become a bigger threat with youth and certain gangs. The current administration seems laser focused on Muslim based terror, when, in my opinion, the bigger threat may be in our own backyard.
The reason I bring up FARC today is that terror is all around us. It is not isolated to religious issues. FARC can be much worse for domestic terror issues because of snap policies that may hurt Mexico, Central, and South America. Our influence in that region has diminished and lost its way since the invasion of Panama. This is where FARC may rear its head with a propaganda of hatred and scorn for rash American policies that appear directed towards the Latino community. If Latinos feel scared in the United States now, how do you think FARC will respond to the United States to send its message? This is what I fear and perhaps should concern you as well.