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America's Other War: Terrorizing Colombia

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This controversial book maintains that in Colombia the US has long supported a pervasive campaign of state violence directed against both armed insurgents and a wide range of unarmed progressive social forces. While the context may change from one decade to the next, the basic policies remain the same: maintain the pro-US Colombian state, protect US economic interests and ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 2nd 2005 by Zed Books (first published December 1st 2004)
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John Fowler
Not your typical textbook description of post-WWII American policy. Stokes contends that the U.S.'s reasons for getting involved in South American politics was not to contain communism during the cold war, nor was it to curve cocaine use during Reagan's presidency. And as the war on terror takes place within Colombia, Stokes argues that this is yet another façade so the U.S. may gain support to secure an abundant oil supply.
Mike
Is it wrong of me to love revisionist history so much? The first half of the book is mostly touching on U.S. policy in Latin America as a whole. When he does get into Colombia, it becomes interesting, but doesn't get deep enough for someone new to the country. Blending it with the other book on Colombia that I've already read, though, makes for a decent read.
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