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Fri Feb 24, 2012, 05:30 PM

Wikileaks Cables Reveal Killing Hits Record Levels: Slaughter in Colombia

Wikileaks Cables Reveal Killing Hits Record Levels: Slaughter in Colombia

February 23, 2012
Wikileaks Cables Reveal Killing Hits Record Levels
Slaughter in Colombia

For years, it has been believed that Guatemala led the Hemisphere in mass slaughter in the modern era, with 200,000 victims in the 1980s about 94% of them at the hands of the U.S.-backed state and its death squad allies. Very sadly, it appears that Colombia has shattered that record, and, as Wikileaks reveals, the U.S. is quite aware of this.

Thus, in a November 19, 2009 U.S. Embassy Cable, entitled, 2009-2010 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the U.S. Embassy in Bogota acknowledges, as a mere aside, the horrific truth: 257,089 registered victims of the right-wing paramilitaries. And, as Human Rights Watch just reported in its 2012 annual report on Colombia, these paramilitaries continue to work hand-in-glove with the U.S.-supported Colombian military.

Even for those of us deeply involved in Colombia, this figure is staggering. The only time I saw such a figure before was in a book (Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror) which I recently reviewed on this site, and which cites one independent journalist for the claim that around 250,000 victims have been killed by the Colombian para-state. This book further claims that this number has been artificially lowered through mass graves and Nazi-style crematoria.

It appears now that the U.S. has been quite aware of this death toll for over two years, though this knowledge has done nothing to change U.S. policy toward Colombia which is slated to receive over $500 million in military and police aid from the U.S. in the next two years and certainly did nothing to prevent the Obama Administration from seeking and gaining passage of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement last year.


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Judi Lynn Feb 2012 OP
Bacchus4.0 Feb 2012 #1

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Fri Feb 24, 2012, 05:58 PM

1. I never thought Guatemala was highest, Colombia's war is the longest

I notice the article doesn't give the time period. fortunately, violent crimes in Colombia have diminished over the past 10 years where other countries have exploded. Venezuela, Honduras, Mexico

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