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Monday, June 11, 2018

United States and NATO have safe coffee in Colombia

Por qubano22005

"America for the Americans," expressed James Monroe in his doctrine launched in the nineteenth century in which Latin America should become an extension of the United States and all its resources should serve to the emerging nation. Although all countries at the south of the Rio Grande became independent, Americans do not stop observing these countries as their backyard. Colombia has become the first Latin American country to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a "global partner", a fact that threatens the stability of Latin America as a zone of peace. Under Monroe´s Doctrine, the United States directs and focuses its foreign policy towards Latin America, where expansionism as foreign policy does so with "a clear conscience" because they consider this policy as a divine right.

This view is held by senior military officers of the United States Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, head of the United States Southern Command, in an appearance before the Committee of the Armed Forces of the United States Senate declared: "We work to endorse our approaches to the South and build a regional security network to from inclusive associations. We rely on this network to help maintain our own security and defend our land in depth."

The status of Colombia as a NATO global partner allows it to receive specialized advice from the military forces of the organization and to deploy its troops in United Nations missions. But, not only the coffee nation will receive these benefits, also, and perhaps it is the key to deciphering why Colombia entry to NATO, the military entity can perform all kinds of exercises and military activities in that territory. This is not something casuistic. Colombia has seven military bases of the United States in its lands and it has closer borders with Venezuela. It is well known that Venezuela and Colombia have tense relations even before Chavism.

It was from the government of Álvaro Uribe when Colombia pushed to join the NATO. Uribe himself also tried military alliances outside the region, to protect the country from alleged aggressions of its neighbors with leftist governments, read Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil at that time. In 2013, Colombian soldiers began to receive training from this organization in Italy and Germany. Supposedly the objectives are "to achieve common approaches to global challenges such as cybersecurity, maritime security and terrorism and their links to organized crime; support peace and security efforts, including human security, with a particular focus on the protection of civilians and children, and promote the role of women in peace and security, as well as building the capabilities of the armed forces Colombian It is known that the coffee nation is one of the main haven for opponents, but also for vandals who carry out a series of illicit activities that contribute to economic inflation in Venezuela.

However, the government of Juan Manuel Santos has not stopped accusing Caracas of being the base for armed groups that enter from Venezuela and receive the support of the Maduro government. Colombia is the ideal territory for the United States to exert outside pressure on Nicolás Maduro. There is no doubt that Maduro is openly confronting the government of Donald Trump. Even the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Jorge Arreanza, declared at the recently concluded extraordinary meeting of the Organization of American States that he would face the United States at any level. Clearer, neither the water. The United States needs Colombia to prepare and launch any attack from there.

Although the Colombian government remains committed to demonstrating and affirming that it is part of the aid they receive to combat drug trafficking and terrorism; it is not a secret that Colombia is the extension of the armed arm of the United States so that they maintain their control and hegemony in the area. Intelligence and military actions are forged from the Colombian territory with the advice of the Americans. However, and here is the paradox of this whole story, is that Colombia continues with serious internal problems. They still negotiate peace with groups such as the National Liberation Army and other paramilitary groups that are fighting over rural territories. But negotiations with NATO allow its armed forces to modernize, exchange knowledge and continue to receive training. Despite the signing of peace with the FARC and a potential agreement with the ELN, the stability situation remains a chimera for Colombians.

Even in the current elections, their own citizens fear that Colombia will return to the paramilitaries in power and that these will become a mechanism of coercion of the government and drug trafficking groups. For Latin America, the entry of Colombia into the NATO also represents a setback in the Latin American unit that has been bidding for years and cannot find the ideal course. In addition, Colombia erases with a stroke of the pen the actions in which NATO has been involved against Latin America.

Recall that during the 1982 conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom for the Malvinas Islands, the military organization threatened to intervene in the conflict. Another of the doubts that surround the new incorporation is if with the Venezuelan threat, other nations will not want their adhesion under the same conditions. It is a question that of course fills doubts to Latin American governments, but that pleases the United States because it guarantees the achievement of its Monroe doctrine that not only goes to the economic field, but also politico-military.…