February 22, 2017

America's Other War: Terrorizing Colombia by Doug Stokes

By Doug Stokes

This debatable publication continues that during Colombia the USA has lengthy supported a pervasive crusade of country violence directed opposed to either armed insurgents and a variety of unarmed revolutionary social forces. whereas the context could swap from one decade to the following, the fundamental guidelines stay an identical: hold the pro-US Colombian kingdom, guard US financial pursuits and safeguard strategic entry to grease. Colombia is now the 3rd greatest recipient folks army relief on the planet, and the most important through some distance in Latin the USA. utilizing large declassified files, this e-book exhibits 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 kingdom terror" that predates the top of the chilly conflict with US coverage contributing on to the human rights state of affairs in Colombia at the present time.

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On the weaknesses of US human rights monitoring in Colombia, see my US Human Rights Monitoring in Colombia, 30 August 2003. htm> 27 Sewall H. S. Anti-Drug Policy in the North Andes-Colombia (Lanham, MA: University Press of America, 2002). S. War against International Drug Trafficking, 1982–1997 (North Carolina: McFarland, 1998). 29 Patrick Clawson and Rensselaer Lee, The Andean Cocaine Industry (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1998). 30 Drexler, Colombia and the United States, p. 167. 31 Bruce Bagley and Juan Tokatlian, ‘Dope and Dogma: Explaining the Failure of US-Latin American Drug Policies’, in Jonathon Hartlyn, Lars Schoultz  |    and Augusto Varas (eds), The United States and Latin America in the 1990s: Beyond the Cold War (London: University of North Carolina Press, 1992), p.

50 Also, there             |  are a number of gaps in the historiographical literature in relation to the immediate post-Cold War period prior to Plan Colombia. 52 The next chapter provides the broad framework of analysis for understanding US intervention in Latin America generally and Colombia more specifically. It outlines the evolution of the US Cold War containment strategy in Latin America and the justifications given for US intervention, and shows how an orthodox historiography of US foreign relations underpins mainstream IR’s presumptions as to the nature of US intervention with US foreign policy in Latin America overwhelmingly interpreted as defensively driven by security considerations related to the bipolar competition.

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