chapter  2
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THE DESERT FOX

The most dangerous enemy the Unión Patriótica ever had never killed a single member of the party. He never raised a gun against the UP and rarely mentioned the party in his speeches. In fact, he was retired by the time the UP formed in 1984. His weapon was a single idea that he espoused over and over again: Communism must be destroyed. He chastised the Marxist guerrillas for decades in print, on the podium, and at the pulpit. In dozens of articles and books, he dissected the Communist Party’s duplicitous use of la combinación de todas las formas de lucha, the multipronged strategy of combining legal and illegal fights to topple the government. He was accused of hatching numerous plans to eliminate all Communists. His enemies even said he ate children for breakfast.