cj#993> Columbia: Vietnam revisited…


Richard Moore

Dear cj,

Below we read that a Vietnam-style conflict seems to be developing in
Columbia.  With this kind of thing going on, it amazes me how so many of my
liberal friends continue to scoff at any hint of the possibility of
'conspiracy' or 'media censorship'.


Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 22:03:09 -0500
To: •••@••.•••
From: Mark Douglas Whitaker <•••@••.•••>
Subject: No U.S. intervention in Colombia!

[more on the 'invisible' colonies]


The International Action Center will hold a demonstration at the
Colombian Mission to the United Nations
140 E. 57th St. in New York City
at 5:00 pm
to protest the dangerous new escalation of
U.S. military intervention in Colombia.

"The United States government is at war with the Colombian people," said
IAC spokesperson Teresa Gutierrez. "Colombia is now the third largest
recipient of U.S. military aid in the world."

The U.S. government is considering a vast increase of up to $1.5 billion
for the Colombian government, mostly military. Colombia received $290
million this year.

In addition to military aid, the Pentagon has already sent troops to
Colombia. "U.S. Special Forces are already on the ground in Colombia
training counterinsurgency battalions," Gutierrez charged. "White House
diplomats are preparing the grounds for a "regional intervention force,"
drawing in other Latin American countries in Colombia's civil war."

"This military aid is disguised as part of the 'war on drugs,'" Gutierrez
explained. "But Colombia's biggest drug traffickers - the big landlords,
the paramilitary death squads and their allies in the military high command
- are the ones benefiting from the huge infusion of U.S. cash and hardware.
Huge U.S. banks get rich from billions of dollars in drug profits."

The International Action Center, founded in 1992 by former Attorney General
Ramsey Clark, is one of the foremost anti-war organizations in the United
States. It has organized demonstrations of tens of thousands against U.S.
wars and intervention in Iraq, Cuba, Yugoslavia, Somalia, Haiti, and others.

"We aren't waiting for the Pentagon to turn Colombia into the grounds for
the next Vietnam War," said IAC co-director Sara Flounders. "It's time for
anti-war activists and all progressive people in the United States to
resist the Pentagon's drive to war."

"The people of the United States have nothing to gain by being drawn in to
the U.S. and Colombian governments' war against Colombia's working people,"
Flounders said. "The billions of dollars sent to the death squad regime in
Bogota could be used in New York City for jobs, housing, drug treatment, or
health care."

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