Results of U.S. Military Aid:
Escalating Counter-Insurgency War in Colombia
Within the last month, the Colombian army and its paramilitary forces -- armed and advised by the Pentagon -- have launched a military offensive in the southern province of Putumayo. Just in the last week, more than 100 people have been killed. Food and fuel supplies to the region have been practically cut off, and already more than 600 people have been forced to flee their home.
The government troops are pursuing typical counter-insurgency tactics, targeting towns and rural agricultural areas in an attempt to wipe out popular support bases of the liberation movement. Putumayo, in particular, has long been a stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The Putumayo campaign has been a direct result of the $1.4 billion in U.S. aid given to Colombia by the Clinton administration as part of "Plan Colombia." U.S.-trained battalions and U.S. helicopter gunships are being deployed in the region.
Plan Colombia is a strategy drawn up by the Pentagon and th U.S. military for crushing the struggle of the people for national liberation and social progress. As the current offensive in Putumayo shows, it is a plan for dramatically escalating U.S. imperialism's dirty war against the Colombian people.