Plan Colombia... Plan of Death
Photos and article by Linda Panetta
This article was originally posted in 2001 and revised in 2006.
A shorter version was published in the 2006 McGraw-Hill college textbook:
"Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Latin American Issues."
Colombia is a country known for its majestic beauty, abundant biodiversity and extensive rainforests, which lead some people to coin the region the "lungs of the world." Adding to these visual splendors is what lies below the surface. In addition to its acclaimed gold, copper, and silver deposits, Colombia has one of the largest known oil reserves in our hemisphere and is among the top suppliers of oil to the United States. Belying what would appear to be paradise is Colombia's infamous designation as one of the most violent countries in the world.
Overview: Our purpose for traveling to Colombia in 2001 was two-fold. First, to better understand and see first-hand the effects of the US-sponsored fumigation campaign in the Putumayo region. Second, to bear witness to the violence being perpetrated by the Colombian military and paramilitary forces (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia /Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, AUC), -- who act with complete impunity and in conjunction with the Colombian military to instill terror in the populace... Click here to read full article