The Columbian army has a new weapon in its decades-long battle against FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia. The Marxist-Leninist FARC has been a persistent thorn to the Columbian government since 1964.
Columbia sent out elite troops in Blackhawks helicopters for “Operation Christmas.” The soldiers did not bring bullets but Christmas cheer. They wrapped lights around a tree in the jungle, set up motion sensors to turn the lights on when someone arrives and placed signs around the tree.
“Demobilize, at Christmas everything is possible,” proclaimed one sign.
Another stated, “If Christmas can come to the jungle, you can come home.”
Whether the signs and Christmas tree are going to have any effect is doubtful, but after failing to defeat an insurgency for 50 years, anything is worth a try.
The Columbians plan to put up nine more trees. It is part of a program that has persuaded over 2,000 rebels to lay down their guns and return to civilian life.