Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Coming Soon to Obama's Backyard

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Coming Soon to Obama's Backyard

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We hear little of the war on terror in Latin America, but this may change if agreement is reached to instal a series of American military bases in north-west Colombia. The sites are ostensibly to be used for counter-narcotics operations and to deepen bilateral ties between the United States and its strongest regional ally.

As many as 1,400 US military personnel could be stationed in the country, greatly increasing America's ability to target local cocaine production, much of which is supported by the Marxist Fare guerrillas.

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Leaders on the left, however, argue that the bases will allow the US to project authority throughout Latin America, just as Guantanamo allows it to do in the Caribbean. President Evo Morales of Bolivia has declared that for the leader of any Latin American nation to allow US bases on the continent is a treasonable act, and Colombia's relations with Ecuador--which is ejecting US forces from its territory--have already soured after Colombian forces pursued Farc guerrillas over the border into Ecuador last year. Doubtless aware that the US has pursued the Taliban over the Afghan-Pakistan border, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has also ordered a review of relations with neighbouring Colombia.

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However, like the war-torn Cuban government, which acquiesced to the American lease on Guantanamo in 1903, the Colombian government is too dependent upon US support to say no to a deal, whatever ire it provokes. …

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