Станет ли Колумбия вторым Вьетнамом?

БОГОТА: Производство кокаина растет; мирные переговоры с левыми повстанцами затянулись; американский «План Колумбия» на 1.8 миллиардов долларов - целью которого было обучить и снарядить специальные отряды по борьбе с наркотиками, чтобы прекратить производство кокаина – изображен средствами массовой информации неуклюжим вмешательством, преследующим свои цели, в дела уязвимого соседа. Обстановка в Колумбии сейчас такая тревожная, что некоторые американцы озабочены тем, что Колумбия станет вторым Вьетнамом.

А все, казалось, будет по-другому десять лет назад! Тогда Колумбия радовалась перспективам мирного существования, политических перемен и экономического прогресса. Только что избранный президент Цезар Гавирия, молодой человек, чем-то напоминающий Кеннеди, закончил свою речь при вступлении в должность обращением: «Колумбийцы, добро пожаловать в будущее».

Так как демобилизация большой армии повстанцев (EPL) произошла совсем недавно исход двух других главных армий бунтовщиков, сражавшихся в стране, в которой, казалось, не прекращались партизанские войны, казался решенным. Национальная Освободительная Армия (ELN) и Революционные Вооруженные Силы Колумбии (FARC) в течение 1991-92 гг. участвовали в, по всей видимости, серьезных переговорах, целью которых было положить конец их восстаниям.

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