U.S. War in Colombia

January 26, 2004

Over the last 2 years, 3,593 people "disappeared" after being taken into custody by the Colombian state, according to a new report from the Association of Family Members of the Detained and Disappeared (ASFADDES). A "disappeared" person is one whose whereabouts and fate remain concealed by the government. Many of the "disappeared" have undoubtedly been murdered by the government.

In another recent report, the Colombian organization "Human Rights and Displacement Consultancy" (CODHES) records that in 2002, 412,553 Colombians were forcibly displaced from their lands. These displacements are part of the program of the Colombian army and paramilitary terrorist squads to uproot villages in areas "suspected" of supporting liberation forces and as a means of grabbing lands with valuable resources. Commenting on the report, Harvey Suarez Morales, director of CODHES, said "Displacement.... is a central strategy of the war."

These fascist atrocities are part of a counterinsurgency war being waged by U.S. imperialism against the Colombian people. Over the last 4 years, the U.S. government has sent $2 billion in military aid to the Colombian government which has imposed martial law on most of the country; at least 400 U.S. military advisers, as well as several thousand U.S. mercenaries -- including "former" CIA and army operatives -- are fighting alongside the Colombian military.