South America's Drug-Terror Link. (Terror Watch)

By Catanzaro, Michael | The American Enterprise, June 2002 | Go to article overview

South America's Drug-Terror Link. (Terror Watch)


Catanzaro, Michael, The American Enterprise


While our nation remains focused on terror threats and oil stoppages from the Middle East, both of those threats have recently emerged much closer to home, in South America.

After the September 11 attacks, Reuters news agency obtained a tape recording of a Colombian guerrilla leader's plans to attack Americans. He promised "to combat them wherever they may be, until we get to their own territory, to make them feel the pain which they have inflicted on other peoples." So vowed Jorge Briceno, a leader of the Marxist Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, known as FARC.

Briceno, who celebrated the 9/11 attacks, urged his followers "to take away their economic resources from them by any means in order to defeat them. Reach out to North Americans who are unhappy and organize them. Reach out to black North Americans and make them see how they are discriminated against."

In a House of Representatives committee hearing, Representative Cass Ballenger (R-NC) warned that FARC leader Manuel Marulanda has threatened to "hit American targets," particularly U.S. military units engaged in the war against drug production in South America.

Colombia is the most abundant source of cocaine and heroin in North America. FARC, along with other paramilitary groups fighting for control of Colombia, provides protection to farmers who grow coca and poppies, and finances its revolutionary operations through drug sales.

Through murder, kidnapping, and intimidation, FARC has enacted a reign of terror throughout Colombia, where it has murdered 13 Americans since 1980 and kidnapped over a hundred more. Experts believe FARC terrorism could spill onto American soil. "There's no reason we shouldn't take this threat seriously," said a GOP aide who handles U.S.-Colombian relations. "The FARC, through its networks, can distribute cocaine right into Washington, D.C. They certainly could use that network to attack our cities."

FARC is cited on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations, along with al-Qaeda and other groups hostile to the U.S. In fact, State Department officials are exploring possible links between FARC and Middle Eastern terror groups.

There have been unconfirmed reports that some FARC members were trained in bin Laden's Afghan camps, and congressional investigators have explored possible links between South American narcotics groups and the Taliban, which controlled Afghanistan when it grew nearly three fourths of the world's heroin. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

South America's Drug-Terror Link. (Terror Watch)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.