America's Other War: Terrorizing Colombia by Doug Stokes

By Doug Stokes

This debatable ebook continues that during Colombia the united states has lengthy supported a pervasive crusade of country violence directed opposed to either armed insurgents and a variety of unarmed innovative social forces. whereas the context may well swap from one decade to the following, the fundamental regulations stay an analogous: retain the pro-US Colombian country, shield US financial pursuits and look after strategic entry to grease. Colombia is now the 3rd greatest recipient folks army reduction on the planet, and the biggest through a ways in Latin the US. utilizing broad declassified files, this publication indicates that the so-called "war on drugs", and now the recent conflict on terror in Colombia are literally a part of a long term Colombian "war of country terror" that predates the tip of the chilly conflict with US coverage contributing on to the human rights scenario in Colombia at the present time.

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Primary and secondary data sources show that despite such claims the USA has in fact continued to pursue a pervasive strategy of CI aimed primarily at the FARC and Colombian civil society. Concomitantly, this strategy continues to lead to widespread human rights abuses and constitutes a major continuity with the earlier Cold War period. Furthermore, the US is in fact relying upon the biggest drug traffickers and terrorists in Colombia to implement this strategy. This chapter thus empirically grounds the overall continuity argument in relation to US post-Cold War policy in Colombia.

170. 38 Crandall, Driven by Drugs, p. 8. 39 Guardian, 4 February 2003. html> 40 Wilkin, ‘Revising the Democratic Revolution – into the Americas’, pp. 663–4. 41 James Petras, The Geopolitics of Plan Colombia, November 2001. pdf> p. 3. 42 Giraldo, Colombia. 43 Richani, Systems of Violence, p. 147. 44 Kirk, More Terrible than Death, pp. 241–2. 45 For a sample of Chomsky’s work on US policy in Latin America, see Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism; Chomsky, Year 501; Noam Chomsky, Latin America: From Colonization to Globalization (Boston: South End Press, 1993).

5. 15 Passage, The United States and Colombia, p. 29. 16 Rabasa and Chalk, Colombian Labyrinth. 17 Dennis Rempe, The Past as Prologue? S. CI Policy in Colombia, 1958–66 (US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2000). htm> 18 Ibid. 19 Ibid. 20 Center for International Policy, Paint by Numbers: Trends in US Military Programs with Latin America and Challenges to Oversight, August 2003, p. 4. pdf> 21 Washington Times, 19 July 2002. 22 Washington Post, 24 February 2002. pagename=article&node=&contentId=A57958-2002Feb23> 23 Raphael Perl, ‘US–Andean Drug Policy’, in Bruce Bagley and William Walker (eds), Drug Trafficking in the Americas (Miami: University of Miami Press, 1995), p.

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