America∆s shadow drug war: A gruesome shoot-down on the
A just war? (2001). Commonweal, 128(10), 5.
The goal of Plan Colombia, therefore, is the remaking of a secure democratic society freed from violence and corruption. Marcella (2002) believes that because little of magnitude happens in this hemisphere without leadership from Washington, U.S. financial support is critical for encouraging Colombians to sacrifice for their survival and prodding the international community to assist. Accordingly, the five year Plan Colombia will cost $7.5 billion. Colombia will spend $4 billion of its own money on this effort. The international community will contribute $3.5 billion and the United States will contribute $1.3 billion (Marcella, 2002).
drugs. NACLA Report on the Americas, 35(3), 21-28.
Over the past decade, the nature of the drug war in Colombia has changed. This is due to changes in the drug trade itself. Once a few cartels dominated the Colombian drug trade, but aggressive law enforcement led to the death of several key actors, including Pablo Escobar, and to the dismantling of the Cali and Medellin drug cartels. The triangular drug trade that imported cocoa paste from Bolivia and Peru, produced cocaine I Colombia, and then exported the product to the U.S. market has been damaged significantly by air surveillance, including force-downs and shoot-downs (America∆s shadow drug war, 2001).
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Assistance for the Colombian police ($115.6 million)
According to Marcella (2002), Plan Colombia is a very simple concept. It links economic development and security to the peace process. Its central premise is that drug money feds the coffers of the guerrillas in Colombia, whose attacks give rise to the paramilitary self-defense organizations. It is theorized that if the money going to the drug traffickers is dried up, the guerillas will no longer be able to pose a threat to the Colombian governmen