"The Real Solution for Colombia's Drug Problems," by Adam Isacson,
The Washington Post, July 3, 2006
Real Solution for Colombia's Drug Problems
July 3, 2006; A20
"More Help for Colombia" [op-ed, June 26], Robert D.
Novak employs a tired tactic: slapping the "soft on drugs"
label on any who oppose the current U.S. policy toward Colombia.
Mr. Novak implies, are betraying brave Colombian anti-drug police
officers who risk their lives every day.
though, must these police risk all for a strategy that hasn't
affected Colombian coca and opium?
Plan Colombia began in 2000, we have seen $4.7 billion spent and
2,500 square miles sprayed with herbicides. Yet U.S. government
satellites found more coca in Colombia last year than they did
in 2000, while cocaine and heroin street prices have actually
cultivation will decrease only when Colombia can govern its rural
areas, where more than 75 percent of the people live in poverty.
who insist on spraying instead of governing are doing a disservice
to Colombia's police officers by forcing them to face mortal danger
for a strategy that isn't working.
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