Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Invisible War in Colombia

The United Nations calls it the worst humanitarian disaster in the Americas and if memory serves, the internal conflict has been going on for over 30 years. With two guerrilla organizations and another paramilitary one working for the government, the players have never been easy to keep track of in this civil war but basically the Colombian government had conducted a persecution campaign against the indigenous people of the country and is allowing them to be systematically disappeared or at least displaced under the auspices of what has been retitled the war on narco-terror. The US has become increasingly involved, centering their attention on areas running along the oil pipelines in the country.

With all the attention on Iraq, the 3.3 billion the US has spent there may seem a drop in the bucket but the country is the third largest recipient of US funds after Israel and Egypt. The Nation looks at the situation today and projects the US military presence of the future. Not a pretty picture.


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