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Slaughter in Colombia: Wikileaks Cables Reveal Killing Hits Record Levels | Counterpunch

For years, it has been believed that Guatemala led the Hemisphere in mass slaughter in the modern era, with 200,000 victims in the 1980’s – about 94% of them at the hands of the U.S.-backed state and its death squad allies. Very sadly, it appears that Colombia has shattered that record, and, as Wikileaks reveals, the U.S. is quite aware of this.

Thus, in a November 19, 2009 U.S. Embassy Cable, entitled, “2009-2010 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report,” the U.S. Embassy in Bogota acknowledges, as a mere aside, the horrific truth: 257,089 registered victims of the right-wing paramilitaries. And, as Human Rights Watch just reported in its 2012 annual report on Colombia, these paramilitaries continue to work hand-in-glove with the U.S.-supported Colombian military.

For more on this story, visit: Slaughter in Colombia » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

See also: http://peacenews.org/2012/01/american-shame-in-colombia-the-us-is-supporting-egregious-human-rights-abuses-counterpunch/

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