A rather controversial title, but it is looking increasingly likely that it could soon be proved that Ecuador is a state sponsor of terrorism. So should you visit Ecuador knowing that it’s President has received funding from terrorists, and that it’s government actively supports terrorists?
This week it came to light that Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, received funding for his presidential campaign from FARC guerillas in Colombia. Many of us “Westerners” from Europe/North America mistakenly imagine the FARC as being some type of semi-romantic socialist movement that fights for Colombia’s poor, but the actual truth is that the FARC are a bunch of drug-running terrorists who recruit child soldiers, assassinate indigenous leaders, bomb and murder innocent civilians and generally terrorize the population of Colombia, almost all of whom hate the group.
This begs the question - should you actually travel to Ecuador right now? Ethical travellers often argue that we shouldn’t be travelling to Myanmar/Burma or Cuba. Might they soon start arguing that we shouldn’t travel to Ecuador, given the fact that it is becoming evident that the government supports terrorist activity over the border in Colombia? By visiting Ecuador, it might be argued that one is helping to prop up an increasingly oppressive and aggressive government that has received funding from and now (many argue) helps to fund and support terrorists.
So think about it if you’re an ethical traveller - here’s some reading - educate yourself about Latin American politics before you visit:
Wall Street Journal article about Ecuador’s cosy relationship with the FARC - a very informative article revealing various ways in which Ecuador supports FARC terrorists.
Associated Press video about the links between Ecuador’s president & FARC - (wait for the 15 sec advert at the start to pass).
Washington Post Article about Venezuela’s state complicity with drug traffickers - don’t even get me started about Chavez and Venezuela! It’s long been known that Venezuela supports terrorists in Colombia. As an ethical traveller, there is no way in the world you should consider visiting Venezuela.
Guardian article about Chavez’s links to the cocaine trade & FARC terrorists - this really is a fascinating read.
I’d like to point out that I have lived in both Ecuador and Colombia, and have many friends in both countries. Sadly, many of my Ecuadorean friends, some of whom actually campaign on behalf of Correa, are very misguided indeed.