By Harvey F. Kline
Charts the growth and failure of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana’s efforts to convey an finish to sixty years of civil war.
The civil warfare in Colombia has waxed and waned for nearly sixty years with transferring ambitions, courses, and strategies one of the contending events and with bursts of appalling violence punctuated by means of uneasy truces, cease-fires, and makes an attempt at reconciliation. kinds of Marxism, the economics of narco-trafficking, peasant land starvation, poverty, and oppression combine jointly in a poisonous stew that has claimed uncounted lives of (most usually) peasants, conscript squaddies, and those that simply acquired within the way.
Hope for answer of this clash is mostly constrained to dreamers and millenialists of assorted persuasions, yet sometimes an test is made at a leap forward within the army stalemate among the govt and the Marxist teams. probably the most promising such makes an attempt was once made by way of new Colombian President Andrés Pastrana at a time while the most insurgent teams appeared receptive to severe discussion. This booklet is an account of that attempt at peace, observed on the outset via family and foreign aid and wish, and but doomed like such a lot of others to eventual failure.
Through interviews with some of the actors during this drama, in addition to an figuring out of many of the curiosity teams and financial forces at paintings in Colombia, Dr. Kline charts the growth and supreme failure of this attempt, and thereby hopes to extend knowing of the reasons of its loss of luck. the significance of the answer of the clash to the sector and to boring voters of this land can't be
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I never agreed to anything with any cartel and I never knew of money coming from that source to my campaign. . ”6 Following the constitutional procedure, the indictment of the national prose28 context for failure cutor went to the lower house of the Congress, which was to decide whether or not to impeach the president. However, according to one source there were as many as 100 members of Congress who had received drug money. In addition, the previous year the Senate had passed a bill that would have had the result that accepting such money was not a crime.
On the other hand, Presidents who lack the weapon of party discipline . . and who have had to make deals with and promises to rivals in order to secure nomination, may have to exchange most of their appointment resources for the support of political allies that they need to govern effectively. 40 There is no doubt that Colombian presidents in general and Samper in particular have lacked the weapon of party discipline and had to spend political capital to gain the support of their own party members.
For the nation’s large middle class, including politicians, judges, soldiers, journalists, and police, drug money has inundated economic life with a ®ood of corruption, wiping out any semblance of a code of ethics or a value system. . This is a terrorized political class that has delivered itself to the designs and money of the drug dealers. 7 Samper’s Failure with FARC Efforts to establish peace conversations with the FARC began very early in the Samper administration, although in the end there was no notable progress.