A jungle peace

The U.S. Congress is debating President Clinton’s request for a $1.6 billion aid package for Colombia, our troubled South American neighbor. The money would be used to fight those whom White House drug policy adviser Barry McCaffrey calls “narco-guerrillas.” Four-fifths of the aid money is earmarked for “fighting drugs,” while a smaller amount is designed to help Colombian farmers shift from the production of coca (the plant from which cocaine is derived) to legal agricultural products.


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