By Doug Stokes
This debatable e-book keeps that during Colombia the U.S. has lengthy supported a pervasive crusade of country violence directed opposed to either armed insurgents and quite a lot of unarmed innovative social forces. whereas the context may perhaps swap from one decade to the subsequent, the elemental regulations stay an identical: continue the pro-US Colombian kingdom, defend US fiscal pursuits and guard strategic entry to grease. Colombia is now the 3rd greatest recipient people army relief on the earth, and the most important by means of a ways in Latin the United States. utilizing large declassified records, this booklet indicates that the so-called "war on drugs", and now the hot battle on terror in Colombia are literally a part of a long term Colombian "war of country terror" that predates the top of the chilly warfare with US coverage contributing on to the human rights scenario in Colombia this day.
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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. Chapter 6 then draws together the case study ﬁndings in order to reach substantive conclusions regarding the causal link between US interests and the continuity of US-sponsored CI in Colombia.
On the other hand, liberals tend to concede that the Colombian military also commits human rights abuses, and in response either calls for more social and economic aid, or more effective US military aid and training to professionalize the Colombian military. Rarely, is any mention made of the relationship between US policy and the levels of violence in Colombia. If it is mentioned it is seen as an aberration, a policy failure or a mistake and not as a systematic pattern. Thus, mainstream analysts couch their criticism within a narrative of US policy failure or the unintentional consequences of an otherwise correct policy of US funding for the Colombian military.
In outlining the CI discourse, a number of US military manuals are examined. These manuals were used by the USA throughout the Cold War period to train militaries for CI. This chapter then examines the ways in which the USA’s CI strategy and discourse were implemented in Colombia during the Cold War. Chapter 5 details the switch in US justiﬁcations for its continued support of the Colombian military after the Cold War, from a justiﬁcation | of anti-communist containment to a new ‘war on drugs’ and, after September 11, to the ‘war on terrorism’.
America's Other War: Terrorizing Colombia by Doug Stokes