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AP/State Dept propoganda on Columbia - MASSIVE PROTEST AGAINST US POLICY NOW
05 Dec 2000
"Growing rebel and paramilitary involvement in the drug trade is one of the main justifications behind a $1.3 billion U.S. anti-drug aid package for Colombia." - the "right-wing paramilitaries" are backed by the Columbian military and the wealthiest landowners. In this sentence above the AP/State Dept. tells us that the $1.4 billion in aid to Columbia was necessary to fight the growing paramilitary inovolvement which is also funded by the govt. of Columbia..... CAN WE START A MASSIVE PROTEST MOVEMENT AGAINST THE US FUNDING TH IS WAR?
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- With a deadline looming on whether to continue peace talks with leftist rebels, President Andres Pastrana faces a skeptical public and U.S. accusations of deepening guerrilla involvement in the drug trade.

Pastrana must decide by Dec. 7 whether to authorize continued rebel rule over a vast southern region the government ceded two years ago to spur negotiations with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Taking back the New Jersey-sized DMZ from the FARC could require heavy fighting and would probably be the death knell for negotiations begun in January 1999 to end the South American country's 36-year-war.

Pastrana has made peace his government's top priority, and has already extended the DMZ several times since pulling some 2,500 troops from the region in November 1998, just prior to the beginning of the talks.

Most observers expect him to do so again -- even though the FARC recently declared a ''freeze'' on negotiations. Lengthy meetings took place Friday between a presidential peace envoy and top FARC commander Manuel Marulanda to seek a solution to the impasse.

With negotiations yielding few results to date -- and accusations mounting that the FARC has used its safe haven to harbor kidnap victims, launch attacks, and smuggle cocaine -- public sentiment is against further government generosity.

Seventy-six percent of Colombians believe Pastrana should take back the DMZ unless the talks get back on track, according to a poll published Sunday in the country's leading newspaper, El Tiempo.

Eighty-three percent of Colombians do not believe the FARC sincerely wants peace, added the survey of major cities, which had a 3.7 percent error margin.

While refusing to question Pastrana's peace strategy, U.S. officials launched a barrage of accusations this week of FARC involvement in cocaine trafficking.

A State Department spokesman on Wednesday backed recent allegations by Mexico's Attorney General that the FARC has supplied cocaine to a major Mexican cartel in return for cash and possibly weapons. The spokesman urged the FARC to sever its ties to the drug trade.

The rebels admit they finance their operations in part through a ''tax'' on peasant farmers who grow drug crops. But the FARC denies any involvement further up the international drug trafficking chain of operations.

Growing rebel and paramilitary involvement in the drug trade is one of the main justifications behind a $1.3 billion U.S. anti-drug aid package for Colombia.
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Drugs and christianity
05 Dec 2000
Your life is empty. That is why you do drugs. The christian faith has failed to achieve our spirtual goals. What should we do?.
not the Church, Jesus lives there!!!
06 Dec 2000
yes