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Colombian Troops Kill Farmers, Pass Off Bodies as Rebels'


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: corruption, cover-up, dishonesty, colombian troops, rebels )

Kim
- 4129 days ago - washingtonpost.com
SAN FRANCISCO, Colombia -- All Cruz Elena González saw when the soldiers came past her house was a corpse, wrapped in a tarp and strapped to a mule. A guerrilla killed in combat, soldiers muttered, as they trudged past her meek home in this town



   

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 2:41 am

Thanks for posting, Kim. Noted.

What is not said is that the U.S.-backed Colombian death squads TARGET civilians, particularly poor peasants, because they are considered to be potential rebels or rebel supporters due to the fact that they are poor.

It has always been this way, whether the poor were called Communists or potential Communist supporters, terrorists or potential terrorist supporters, narco-traffickers or potential supporters of narco-traffickers, etc. In order to maintain total control of a country for the wealthy elite and for multinational corporations, the goal is to eliminate the poor.

Of course it is the right-wing governments, the wealthy elite, and the CIA itself that carry out the bulk of the narco-trafficking. If the poor were responsible, they wouldn't be poor.

The war on Communism, the war on drugs, and the war on terror are nothing but code names for the continuing war on the poor. The poor are considered a nuisance because they try to hold on to their land instead of letting the big corporations have it, they complain when big corporations destroy and pollute the environment, and they sometimes attempt to organize for fair wages, safe working conditions, and human rights. Colombia is notorious for killing union members and union organizers. But even when the poor submit meekly and do not complain, they are still liable to be killed by the death squads simply because they are poor and nobody cares about them.

I'm astonished to see an article this honest in the mainstream media.

 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 1:46 pm
Nobody in power cares about them. 'The poor' have a tendency to care about one another and make up in humanity for what is lacked in the kind of privilege we take for granted. It would be just wonderful if the fundamentalist Christian model of reality were correct. Because by the teachings of the book they wave in people's faces (teachings I happen to love btw), these people and their accomplices (Bush, Cheney et al) wouldn't going to be playing harps and patting each other on the backs. And wouldn't I love to see their faces when they get to face the awful truth they have chosen to blind themselves to. (And I'd like to see a bit of the roasting too!) Sadly I doubt it is really like that.

Good for the Washington Post. For once. thanks Kim and TY Mark for the forward.
 
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