As Noam Chomsky has often cautioned, when considering foreign relations, and especially military intervention, states should always heed the primary Hippocratic oath – “First, do no harm.”   The U.S. has certainly disregarded this admonition with reckless abandon in Latin America, and Colombia is the foremost example of this, at least at the present time.   Human Rights Watch appears to concur with this judgment.

Thus, Human Rights Watch  (HRW) just released its annual human rights report on Colombia, and it is not pretty.   The punch line of the report is most damning of the United States and its role in that country’s abysmal practices – undoubtedly, the very worst of this hemisphere.

via American Shame in Colombia » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

Chomsky is often attacked for his occasional mistakes about details or statistics, but a thorough reading of the National Security Archives is a real eye opener with regard to American Foreign Policy.

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