GOD WILLING THE SIX MENTIONED ARE FREED AND THEY GO FOR MORE! By Dialogo December 08, 2011 After a protest in which thousands of people called for the freedom of the 11 individuals kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), that country’s largest terrorist organization announced that it will release six of the 11 uniformed personnel in its power. “We will continue exploring with you all paths that might lead us to this noble aim and to the implementation of (…) the unilateral release of prisoners of war announced in a previous message, despite the fact that some of them have fallen in the senseless attempt at a military rescue,” the FARC said. The rebel group, considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, sent a missive to a group of international mediators, including former Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba. In its communiqué, the guerrilla group did not reveal the names of the Armed Forces personnel who will be released, nor a tentative date. According to analysts, the FARC usually carries out unilateral releases in order to raise its political profile at the national and international levels, as well as to polish its deteriorated image, linked to drug trafficking, kidnapping, and other crimes. The deaths of four Armed Forces personnel occurred in late November amid a clash with the Army, which was conducting a search operation in the jungle, and were characterized by the government as murder. Hours before the guerrilla group’s announcement, President Juan Manuel Santos asked the FARC to release the hostages as a gesture toward peace. “For that reason, we also demand the release of those 11 heroes of the fatherland who remain in the hands of the FARC,” the president said.