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For Colombia's Ascetic Leader, Signs That Violence Is Easing

For years, Colombia’s drug-fueled conflict raged, with Marxist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries gaining ground and growing ever more violent as the United States spent billions trying to control the mayhem. But now, 15 months in office into a four-year term, President Álvaro Uribe is taking actions that suggest he is ready to be bolder than past leaders in dealing with this country’s seemingly intractable violence. Unlike his predecessors, who proved ineffectual at taming the war, Mr. Uribe has come up with a coherent plan that sets out how Colombia might be extricated from its morass. Under his “democratic security program,” steps have been taken to weaken the rebels, disarm the death squads and install a state presence in long forgotten regions of this country of 40 million people.Full Story

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