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Thursday, May 23, 2002

"My name is Inigo Uribe. You killed my father. Prepare to die." We've got another key election coming up down in Columbia Sunday. This is an interesting piece on the front-runner, Alvaro Uribe Velez. The biggest issue is dealing with the narco-Marxist FARC guerilla movement that controls a good hunk of the southern part of the country. The outgoing president, Andres Pastrana, has tried and failed giving peace a chance, and Uribe is of the get-tough school. The Princess Bride quip is not far from the truth, as the FARC did kill Uribe's dad two decades ago. Uribe has fans amongst the anti-leftist paramilitaries who like to goon it up, killing people believed to be FARC sympathizers. It doesn't look like Uribe backs them to any extent, but this will be happily played up by the left in los Estados Unidos. Uribe's goal of a larger militia could bring the goons under a government umbrella and professionalize them while keeping the anti-guerilla effectiveness intact. It will be interesting to see how Uribe runs things and how much help comes his way from the US. At this point, the FARC are the big drug runners, thus fighting drugs and fighting the FARC are one and the same. US aid doesn't allow for the drug aid to be use militarily, but that seems to be what's needed.

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