Monday, November 26, 2007

Tanja Nijmeijer and FARC

Oh, man, this story is heartbreaking. Tanja Nijmeijer, a 29-year-old, wealthy Dutch woman, goes to Columbia and is stunned by the extreme gap between rich and poor, and feels guilty about her own privileged life. So she joins the FARC. Egad! Now Colombian police have found her diary, which describes how terrible life with the FARC is. And, of course, that's not the kind of organization that just lets you quit because you've changed your mind...

It's sad how easily people get sucked into all that Che Guevara-esque stuff. You can be appalled at the conditions in Columbia without thinking that supporting FARC is the answer.


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