Colombia’s Recovery from American-Inspired Death Squads

[The man in charge of Colombia’s National Police Force during that “Democratic Security” policy, Oscar Naranjo, is now chief national security adviser for Mexico’s attempt to recreate the Colombian Cartel Wars.  Both Colombian and Mexican drug-control operations were the US-administered implementation of American counter-insurgency methods acquired in the Afghanistan and the Middle East, introduced into civilian areas here in the West, which were not previously involved in war.  The American program here, just as in Kabul and Baghdad is to send-out death squads in the middle of the night to kidnap and murder whomever they will, while agitating gang wars between the cartels or the warlords, through a series of “false flag” murders and terrorist attacks.  A few strategically located car bombs also have a way of pumping-up the action.  The American idea, in all things, is to attack the problem by resorting to war, whether it is the “drug wars,” wars on poverty, or other social action “wars,” American capitalist solutions NEVER suggest correcting the conditions which breed the problems to begin with.  Every problem is seen as an opportunity to resort to war, the thing we do best.  Criminal networks and the black markets which spawn them have less chance of taking hold in economically healthy societies, ones which have plenty of legitimate opportunities available to the young and old who need them.  If clean jobs are available, how many would compound their lives by pursuing the dirty work of the drug cartels?] 

Santos announces ‘relaunch’ of ‘Democratic Security’

Colombia news - Santos in San Vicente de Caguan

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday announced a “relaunch” of the “Democratic Security” policy to counter a wave of guerrilla attacks against the security forces in the south and east of the country and violence committed by neo-paramilitary groups and drug gangs in the north.

The Democratic Security policy was created by Santos predecessor Alvaro Uribe and designed to push leftist guerrilla groups away from the cities and economically important areas, create investor confidence and improve the economy.

Santos’ “relaunch” of this policy includes a focus on the violence caused by drug gangs, local gangs and paramilitary groups that emerged from the remnants of the AUC, the national paramilitary organization that officially demobilized under Uribe.

“The Minister of Defense Rodrigo Rivera, the military and police top and the (presidential development) office of Accion Social are preparing a document to relaunch, as a priority policy of the government and plans to consolidate democratic security,” Santos said.

Earlier, Santos appointed former deputy Defense Minister Sergio Jaramillo as High Security Adviser to assist the Defense, Foreign Affairs and Interior and Justice Ministries in fighting the leftist insurgency.

Since Santos’ inauguration, attacks by guerrilla groups FARC and ELN left dozens of soldiers and policemen dead, while violence committed by neo-paramilitary gangs, urban militias and drug gangs left thousands dead since the official demobilization of the AUC.