On August 10, 2002, the day Alvaro Uribe was sworn in as President of Colombia a terrorist attack a few blocks away killed 19 people and injured more than 60. Eleven years later the FARC (Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces) again plotted to kill Uribe.
The strong-willed Uribe and the FARC have been bitter enemies since the former President — with the help of the United States — launched an all out war against the oldest terrorist organization in the Western Hemisphere. Uribe wanted to end drug trafficking in Colombia and the terrorism that came with it.
Uribe had few nuances. He believed the FARC had to be defeated in the battlefield. He was an outspoken critic of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez. So in 2010, when he could no longer run for President, Uribe backed the man who had carried out his policies as Defense Minister, Juan Manuel Santos.