The U.S.-Colombia drug war alliance has failed to stop the country’s drug trade, with last year’s coca yield breaking records. The record harvests can be traced to the country’s government, right-wing paramilitaries and wealthy individuals who are sympathetic to U.S. business interests.
The US backs Colombian coca field fumigation, but here’s a host of reasons some say it’s another counternarcotics flop, while others say it’s actually working.
BOGOTA, Colombia — Last October an American anti-drug pilot was fumigating Colombian coca fields when Marxist guerrillas opened fire at his crop duster. Two bullets hit his left leg but the pilot managed to land safely in a cow pasture. He was lucky. Three weeks earlier, rebel gunfire brought down another anti-drug crop-dusting plane, killing