U.S. to Step Up Intervention in Colombia

May 14, 2013

On May 1, U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel met with his Colombian counterpart Juan Carlos Pinzón and pledged increased "security cooperation" for the counter-insurgency war against the Colombian workers and peasants.

The American Forces Press Service reported that the two governments plan to "identify opportunities for closer collaboration ahead of additional high-level bilateral security meetings this summer."

Hagel used the meeting to congratulate Pinzón on the "progress" made by the Santos administration in the counter-insurgency war. The Colombian military boasts of having reduced the size of the membership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) alone by some 9,000 people over the last 10 years.

In Colombia, hundreds of U.S. mercenaries – including "former" CIA and army operatives – are fighting alongside the Colombian military.

For decades the Colombian workers, peasants and broad masses of people have been struggling against the fascist government, for democratization, in defense of the sovereignty of the country and against U.S. dictate and domination, and for broad social and economic reforms. The FARC is part of this struggle.

And the U.S.-organized counter-insurgency war is directed not only against FARC and other armed liberation organizations but against the whole Colombian people. The Colombian army and paramilitary squads regularly assassinate trade union leaders, peace activists and oppositional political figures, trying to suppress any and every manifestation of the popular struggle. The government's brutal war has displaced millions of Colombians and claimed the lives of tens of thousands of noncombatants.

Today, U.S. imperialism is using the war in Colombia to militarize the entire Andes region – to establish military bases and dispatch U.S. advisers to other countries in the region. The U.S. is also interfering in the affairs of Venezuela, plotting to overthrow the Bolivarian government. Throughout the region, the contradictions of the capitalist-imperialist system are sharpening and broad masses of people are coming out in struggle against U.S. imperialist exploitation and domination.

By militarizing the region, the U.S. is preparing to suppress the deepening struggles of the peoples for national independence and social emancipation. As the worldwide crisis of capitalism deepens, U.S. imperialism wants to tighten its control over its strategic "backyard" in Latin America as a key component of its strategy for world domination.