Regions / Colombia
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.