The Continuous Judicial and the Judiciary Wars in Colombia: Critical Dimensions of Insurgent Political Warfare

Author: Fernando Puentes Torres

Abstract: As Clausewitz wrote in On War: “the events of every age must be judged in the light of its own peculiarities.” In Colombia, we were in a battle against an enemy that we could not see; an enemy we had to learn to know. I believe those wars—the ones we do not see, the ones we are not prepared for—are the worst wars. The Colombian war is complex with many dimensions which are invisible to those whom have not been fighting in its midst. I would like to share my thoughts on the hidden peculiarities of our war.  The Colombian military is currently suffering the moral and psychological effects of what we know as judicial and judiciary warfare, two sub-categories of political warfare imposed on us by the Marxist insurgents.

* Note: this paper is part of the Special Edition of Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, titled ‘Reflexive Military Practitioners: Design Thinking and Beyond’. The full issue can be accessed at:

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