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Author Lindsay-Poland, John, author.

Title Plan Colombia : U.S. ally atrocities and community activism / John Lindsay-Poland
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 293 pages) : illustrations, maps
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Contents Introduction: challenging American exceptionalism -- The longest war: U.S. military influence in Colombia, 1952-1995 -- War on the frontier -- How Plan Colombia was sold -- "We want a witness" : accompaniment in San José de Apartadó -- Mapping our war: where did U.S. aid in Colombia go? -- Killing the future -- Projects of life -- Massacre aftermath and cover-up -- Widespread and systematic: the dynamics of "legalized" murder -- The United States effect: impacts on "false positive" killings -- Investigation of the massacre -- An encounter with power -- Judicial warfare -- U.S. policy lessons -- Conclusion: the arc of impunity
Summary For more than fifty years, the United States supported the Colombian military in a war that cost over 200,000 lives. During a single period of heightened U.S. assistance known as Plan Colombia, the Colombian military killed more than 5,000 civilians. In Plan Colombia John Lindsay-Poland narrates a 2005 massacre in the San José de Apartadó Peace Community and the subsequent investigation, official cover-up, and response from the international community. He examines how the multibillion-dollar U.S. military aid and official indifference contributed to the Colombian military's atrocities. Drawing on his human rights activism and interviews with military officers, community members, and human rights defenders, Lindsay-Poland describes grassroots initiatives in Colombia and the United States that resisted militarized policy and created alternatives to war. Although they had few resources, these initiatives offered models for constructing just and peaceful relationships between the United States and other nations. Yet, despite the civilian death toll and documented atrocities, Washington, DC, considered Plan Colombia's counterinsurgency campaign to be so successful that it became the dominant blueprint for U.S. military intervention around the world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Comunidad de Paz (San José de Apartadó, Colombia)
Comunidad de Paz (San José de Apartadó, Colombia)
Atrocities -- Colombia
Drug control -- Colombia.
Economic assistance, American -- Colombia.
Military assistance, American -- Colombia.
Peace movements -- Colombia
Drug control.
Economic assistance, American.
HISTORY / Latin America / South America
HISTORY -- Latin America -- South America.
International relations.
Military assistance, American.
Peace movements.
Colombia -- Relations -- United States
United States -- Relations -- Colombia
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018016182
ISBN 1478002611