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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583672516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583672518
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Kovalik on February 23, 2012
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I just had the pleasure of reading an important new book entitled, Cocaine, Death Squads and the War on Terror (U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia). This book, which was ten years in the making, is written by Oliver Villar & Drew Cottle and published by Monthly Review. The premise of the book is that, despite the U.S. claims that it is engaged in a war against drugs in Colombia, it is in fact engaged in an anti-insurgency war against the left-wing FARC guerillas - a war which does not seek to eradicate coca growing and cocaine production in Colombia at all. Rather, the U.S. war effort (which has cost U.S. taxpayers over $7 billion since 2000) is designed to ensure that the allies of the U.S. in Colombia -- that is, the Colombian state, paramilitaries and wealthy elite who are favorable to U.S. business interests and to the U.S.'s desire for exploitation of Colombia's vast resources -- are themselves able to monopolize the drug trade so critical to their survival.

And, the cost to human life as the result of this U.S. policy is staggering. The book, citing Colombian investigative journalist Azalea Robles, claims that 250,000 Colombian civilians have been "disappeared" in the last two decades in Colombia, dwarfing the "disappearances" carried out (also with U.S. support by the way) by the fascist juntas of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay in the 1970's. According to Robles, these numbers have been "systematically reduced" (that is, hidden) by mass graves, like the one discovered in Meta in 2009, and even crematory ovens. The murder and "disappearance" of such vast numbers of people is part and parcel of the U.S.'s policy -- used most famously by the U.S.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Loaded dog on June 15, 2012
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Colombia

Cocaine, Death Squads and the War on Terror, U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia is more than the title of a great book. Those words summarise life and death from the Mexican border down to Cape Horn. Their realities have operated ever since the Spanish invaders launched the genocide retold by Eduardo Galeano in The Open Veins of Latin America.
Australian activists and academics Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle have added another profit-and-loss column to the black book of capitalism. For instance, state terrorism slaughtered thousands of the supporters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) when the Patriotic Union (UP) tried to participate in elections. That massacre is but one of the atrocities organised by the U.S. through its School of the Americas and its related Operation Condor. These crimes continue with the assassination of unionists, peasants, leftists or anyone viewed as "narco-terrorists" by Bogotá and their sponsors in Washington.
One virtue in this book is its shattering of propaganda about the FARC having deteriorated into just another drug cartel. The revolutionaries do tax coca as they do many goods to fund the services they provide to the populations in the liberated zones. Moreover, the coca chewed by the locals is both traditional and a million dollars away from the cocaine snorted on Wall Street, around the White House and at FoxNews. The book challenges the general assumption that revolutionaries do not "tax" or participate in "criminal" activities.
Villar and Cottle position the conflict in its historical context. The FARC is the current expression of a 500-year war waged by wealthy invaders against the indigenous and the landless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Jones on October 3, 2012
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This is not light "bon-ton" reading or reading for the "faint of heart". If you have children who are approaching adulthood, then this information is just as important as explaining and teaching them the FACTS OF LIFE and other essential and crucial life skills. The information contained in this book will chill anyone to the bone and the message points in a direction towards the media monster of explotation and misdirection which the supposed war on drugs would have us believe is being undertaken by the authorities in world governments, not the least of which is the beloved Unted States of America.
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