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Nothing to Fear


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December 10, 2009

Nothing to Fear

Nothing to Fear

Foreign Policy. By Carolina Barco. Colombia is a country that has suffered from a lethal combination of drug trafficking and terrorism and is fully committed to countering these plights. The agreement signed by Colombia and the United States on Oct. 30 builds on a long-standing bilateral partnership against the trade of illegal drugs and terrorism and reflects a reality that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated candidly this week: "Trafficking is evolving into an ever graver threat that is affecting all regions of the world." He went on to call on member states to "work with each other" to counter it.
Our country has fought drug trafficking for decades. We have dedicated an important part of our resources to this effort. Most of the operations of the Colombian Navy, for example, are interdiction operations -- all paid for by Colombian taxpayers. This year, the Navy will set a new record for cocaine seizures, around 110 tons. Similarly, the Air Force has managed to reduce illegal flights out of Colombia by 97 percent, thanks to the joint U.S.-Colombia Air Bridge Denial program, which is intended to target drug traffickers by intercepting suspicious planes.
Many brave soldiers and policemen have sacrificed their lives in operations against drug trafficking organizations. Their sacrifice prevents illegal drugs from reaching the United States and Europe and curtails the violence, corruption, and intimidation that narcotics bring to transit countries in Central America, the Caribbean, and increasingly, the African continent.
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