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Even after Eva Golinger's recent disclosure of a document prepared by US Air Force, most of the bourgeois media and reactionary bourgeois regimes persist in spreading lies that this US military build-up in Colombia ... that is, increasing the number of US military bases there from 3 to 10 and expanding their operational capabilities ... aims:

(1) to fight drug trafficking, and

(2) to defend the Colombia dictatorship from alleged "terrorist activity" or for the Colombian dictatorship to attack ... again ... only two of Colombia's closest neighbors which have chosen the socialist path of development.

In reality, the imperialist build-up in Colombia is more ambitious than (1) and (2), although, to be sure, (1) and (2) are two of the aims that the build-up seeks.

Two of the aims of the US imperialist build-up in Colombia are an increase in terrorism in Colombia, Colombia's neighbors, and throughout all of Latin America and the Caribbean and, also, an increase in drug trafficking in Colombia, its neighbors, and the region. The bourgeois media brainwashes broad sectors of the masses to believe that the constant acts of terrorism committed by the brutal Colombian dictatorship are not terrorism but merely something called "paramilitary activity." The bourgeois media insist terrorism in the context of Colombia consists only of armed opposition to paramilitary activity perpetrated by the Colombian dictatorship and its allies. In other words, if you don't approve of "paramilitary activity," then, according to the bourgeois media, you are a either terrorist or a supporter of terrorism.

For example, FARC ... the legitimate representative force in a state of belligerency against the Colombian dictatorship ... fights terrorist "paramilitary activity" committed by the Colombian dictatorship and its death-squad allies. That is, FARC fights to stop such acts as torture, mass murder, and use of concentration camps by the Colombian dictatorship and its paramilitary or terrorist allies. Therefore, most of the bourgeois media and reactionary bourgeois regimes falsely denounce FARC as "terrorist," because, once again, in the perverse ethics of reactionaries, "terrorism" consists of opposition to "paramilitary activity." We can even ignore the death squad allies of the Colombian dictatorship and accurately describe the armed forces of the Colombian dictatorship under Alvaro Uribe and his friends as both military and para-military in their terrorist mission.

Another example of the determination of the bourgeois media and reactionary bourgeois regimes not to recognize terrorist Colombian reactionaries as terrorists is the policy of the Colombian dictatorship to deploy death squads inside Venezuela. These death squads randomly slaughter Venezuelan citizens, similar to the murderous operations of these same death squads in Colombia. Although numerous Venezuelan citizens are wantonly murdered by this reactionary scum from Colombia, almost none of the bourgeois media deign to denounce these Colombian murderers as "terrorists."

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A designation as terrorists of Colombian death squads operating in Venezuela with support of the Colombia dictatorship may trigger the imposition of punitive legal measures around world against these death squads and the Colombia dictatorship that backs them. Already, much of the bourgeois media have started to call the new Venezuelan militia units "terrorist groups" because they resist the death squads, both Colombia, Venezuelan, and of mixed composition.

So, one of the aims of the imperialist build-up in Colombia is to promote terrorism which the bourgeois media euphemize as "paramilitary activity" in an attempt to exonerate the armed forces of the Colombian dictatorship on the grounds that some death squads members are not government troops and some government troops are not death squad members.

  • Similarly, the US imperialist build-up in Colombia is to protect drug traffickers who are allies of the Colombian dictatorship and who give the US imperialists a huge cut of their profits.

Now, the views expressed above find strong support in 350-page US Air Force document recently exposed by Eva Golinger, among others. The document deals with fiscal appropriations for over 800 US military bases all over the world, including US bases in Colombia. The passages of the document that most interest us deal with fiscal appropriations for one of the seven new US bases in Colombia

The imperialist document doesn't say that the aims of the US build-up is to fight terrorism and drug trafficking ... that is, except in the most incidental and peripheral way. The imperialist document states flat out and emphatically that the build-up will provide US imperialists with "an opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations throughout South America."

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The reference to "South America" stunned many governments in the region because they swallowed imperialist lies about "terrorism" and drug trafficking.


We must understand what the imperialist phrase "full spectrum operations throughout South America" means and doesn't mean. Some reactionaries insists the build-up deals principally with domestic problems in Colombia. That's a reactionary lie because "South America," which the imperialist document mentions, isn't the same thing as Colombia. Colombia is only a part of "South America."

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