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by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), March 18, 2002
DeWINE. Mr. President, I congratulate my colleague, Senator Dodd, for a
very eloquent and compelling statement in regard to the tragedies that are
going on in Colombia today. I think he does very well in expressing the
sentiments of all the Members of the Senate. I thank him for that eloquent
Colombia must be
looked at not just as a place we worry about in regard to drugs coming
into this country, not just as a country that we have to partner with
to try to deal with our mutual drug problem, the production of drugs,
and the huge consumption of drugs in the United States, although we are
partners in that effort, but we also must understand that what is going
on in Colombia is a direct threat to the democracy of Colombia.
Senator Dodd has
spelled out very well what has been going on. We do have a longstanding
democracy in this hemisphere, a democracy that has been a friend of the
United States for many years that is, in fact, imperiled. When we make
a decision about what assistance we can and will give in the future, we
need to keep that in mind.
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