Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I would not characterize the guerrilla insurgency as a "civil war."  From what I saw, most Colombians would welcome an end to the insurgency.  The problem is that the GOC does not really have the resources or will to end it.  If the US was really supporting the war against the guerrillas in any meaningful way, the FARC, which is mostly self-supporting and a fairly ragtag movement, would be gone by now.  Most US money goes into the war against drugs and that has mostly been aimed at disrupting coca growing (through aerial spraying-with dubious success), destroying laboratories, and targeting drug distribution networks, and transport.  I believe there has been some training, advice, and maybe supply to the Colombian military as well, but I am not aware of the extent to date.  Stats should be available on line somewhere, but I would be careful in searching because some sites I have seen specialize in giving a very slanted view, deceptively lacking in veracity.  I can say this with good conscious. As I stated previously, the GOC doesn't have aa perfect record on human rights by any means, but it is trying to rectify that problem from what I saw.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2007 at 07:18:19 PM EST
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