Colombia 's Struggle With Domestic Guerilla Groups And Drug Cartels

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From the Cold War to more recent struggles with domestic guerilla groups and drug cartels, Colombia has not had a time of peace since they became independent nearly 200 years ago. None of these conflicts have resolved peacefully. They were usually caused by difference in culture or beliefs. Corruption within their own government has left Colombia without legitimate authority; the citizens have nobody to trust, be helped by, or be defended by. Colombia has the potential to institute a stable and effective government, but it has some major complications holding it back. Colombia has been in constant war and armed conflict, domestic and foreign, since the early 19th century; to make matters worse, corruption within their own government has left Colombia unstable. Colombia entered World War II on the side of the Allies while “social and political divisions within the country intensified”. After the war, politics became much more violent, especially after the assassination of the mayor of Bogotá. This sparked protests that developed into riots, which led the political party affiliates into guerrilla fighting. In the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, Thomson Gale wrote “This extended and bloody period . . . claimed 150,000 to 200,000 lives . . . the political system in the 1950s had become irrelevant in the midst of the violence” The government was no longer functioning and could not contain the violence. Due to their lack of control of the country, they were no longer

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