July 08, 2007
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FARC is shifting tactics to terrorism and Information War, in response to its inability to deal with the army and police on the ground. Fueled by cocaine profits, FARC believes it can survive the military superiority of the government. Money can buy politicians and police, preventing the government from wiping out FARC completely. Since FARC has merged with the drug gangs it used to just protect, the leftist rebels believe they are invincible. Meanwhile, the battle on the ground is costing FARC thousands of members each year, and the territory they used to control, or at least terrorize.
The "Information War" strategy is cheaper, safer, and more likely to find allies in the media.