Pubdate: Wed, 22 Jun 2005
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
Copyright: 2005 Lexington Herald-Leader
Author: Regina Wink Swinford
Bookmark: (Colombia)


Did you know that Colombia is second after Sudan for having the most
displaced people? Colombia receives the third-largest amount of U.S.
foreign aid -- only Israel and Egypt receive more.

Despite having the worst humanitarian conditions in our hemisphere, 80
percent of our aid to Colombia is military.

Did you know the primary rationale for sending $4 billion to Colombia
over the past five years has been to curb the flow of drugs into the
United States?

Kentucky's U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Ben Chandler are on
congressional committees that will decide to either help the Colombian
people with humanitarian aid or continue wasting our money on failed
military policies.

If you are counting on the Herald-Leader for your information, you
probably don't know these things. But at least you are well-informed
about Michael Jackson and the status of pet monkeys.

Regina Wink Swinford

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