Regions / Colombia
The roots of Colombia's conflict are deep and complicated, and will require a creative mix of strategies to solve it.
In pandering to the gun lobby, the Bush administration showed what little regard it has for strengthening international efforts to deal with trafficking in small arms.
The inability of the Colombian State to control its national territory and diverse armed groups is perceived to pose a threat to the other countries of the Andean region.
Even if the U.S. and Colombian governments were to take alternative development seriously, there are staggering obstacles to overcome.
It is time to say " ya no más" and to join together to build a genuine movement for peace.
President Bush worries that the "United States might become militarily engaged" in Colombia. It's a little late for that.
If the U.S. team played soccer the way we're engaging Colombia, we'd score minus 50 goals, the team would be billions of dollars in the red, and 10 percent of the spectators would wind up dead.
We need to shift the policy debate in Colombia so that politicians in Washington begin to feel that they can get more support by developing effective alternatives.
What is called drug trafficking in the U.S. is in fact a major, multifaceted, and global industry.
Although violence is often blamed on the drug trade, the roots of violence run much deeper. A multiplicity of actors create a veritable kaleidoscope of violence.