April 1997 News
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A section of it reads "The Administration is now proposing a $40 million package of aid to Colombia's police and military to fight drugs. This comes on top of at least $35 million in equipment and training the military is already scheduled to get this year...This is dangerous ground. Because leftist guerrilla groups in certain areas are involved in trafficking, Colombian officials openly say that some of the equipment will be used for fighting guerrillas...The aid is turning the U.S. once again into the backer of an abusive military involved in a seemingly endless civil war...The Colombian miliary is a throwback to the bad old days of Latin military dictatorships, and the U.S. support for it is as dangerous as it was when Communism, not cocaine, was the enemy."