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Saturday, Apr. 21, 2001 at 5:12 AM
BUSH RENAMES, EXPANDS PLAN COLOMBIA -
ADDS 0 MILLION IN PREP FOR WAR
EQUADOR MOVES 10,000 TROOPS TO COLOMBIAN BORDER
LINKAGE BETWEEN DRUG WAR AND WALL STREET HEALTH BECOMING TRANSPARENT
FTW, March 15, 2001 - Less than a week after diplomats from 25 Latin
American and European countries, as well as Japan, defied US interests by
meeting jointly with representatives of rebel groups at the invitation of
the Colombian government, and just days after two sharp losses caused the
Dow to plunge more than 700 points, President Bush added 0 million to
Plan Colombia and acknowledged its regional dimensions by re-christening it
"The Andean Initiative." Signaling the opening moves in a regional war,
Equador has simultaneously moved 10,000 troops to the Colombian border in
anticipation of increased hostilities as US military personnel increase air
operations from the US base in the coastal city of Manta. All of these
events, occurring in close proximity, add further credibility to FTW's long
held position that a Vietnam-style conflict in Colombia was essential to
prevent the total collapse of the American stock market.
FTW has previously documented how an estimated 0 billion in illegal drug
money is laundered through the US economy annually and how a 1999
"solicitation" by NYSE Chairman Richard Grasso for the FARC guerillas to
invest their drug profits in Wall Street was summarily rejected. The leftist
rebels chose instead to keep their money in Colombia. Also irritating for
the American economy and markets is the fact that Colombian rebels, who now
control the southern third of Colombia, occupy lands estimated to hold
billions of barrels of high grade crude oil sought after by, among others,
A total US market collapse, if unchecked, would also threaten to destabilize
the US dollar which is the dominant reserve currency around the world. That
could have the effect of setting off a worldwide depression similar to that
of 1929-38. As a rapidly coalescing European Union attempts to find economic
strength by distancing itself from US influence (and instability) the US has
countered with increasing disregard for near unanimous global opposition to
its plans for war. That war will inevitably involve US military personnel in
The strongest confirmation that we have seen of the inevitability of war is
a report today on www.narconews.com citing Village Voice media critic
Cynthia Cotts who noted on March 2 that "The New York Times plans to move
its Buenos Aires bureau to Bogota or Caracas sometime soon. Other papers are
following suit. The Los Angeles Times plans to open a Bogota Bureau next
week and the Washington Post is moving its Caracas bureau chief there as
well... Even the Wall Street Journal recently established an Andean Bureau
in Caracas [Venezuela]."
The timeline of recent events tells the story better than any long
narrative. There can be no doubt that major American media, which also trade
their stocks on Wall Street and has suffered serious losses, was aware of
these developments and has deliberately hidden them from the American
March 7 - While participating in an International Financial Congress in
Moscow focusing on the US economic crisis, FTW Editor Mike Ruppert offered
his opinion that the US markets would crash, especially if the EU and the
world community found the common voice to oppose American plans for war in
Colombia. Referring to a unanimous (with one abstention) vote by the EU in
February to oppose the .3 billion military aid package, Ruppert suggested
that the way to promote the Euro dollar and insulate fragile economies like
those in Russia and Eastern Europe was to provide Colombia and South America
with the support necessary to oppose US war plans.
March 8 - As reported by Reuters on March 9, diplomats from 25 countries
from Europe and South America, as well as Japan traveled to rebel held
territory in Colombia at the request of the Colombian government to engage
in dialogue supporting an end to hostilities. Such a peace initiative,
jointly sponsored by Colombian President Andres Pastrana and the leftist
rebels, indicated a split with US backed moves to train and deploy Colombian
combat troops for an all out offensive against rebel positions. This
followed months of increasing hostilities, aerial spraying of herbicides on
civilian food crops and firefights that have seen US civilian contractors
engaged in combat with rebel troops.
Plans for the meeting were unknown to FTW while in Moscow but they confirmed
that European and Asian intelligence services and foreign ministries were
equally aware of economic vulnerability in the US and opportunities for
European growth and stability if war was successfully avoided.
March 12 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops 436 points, the fifth
largest one day drop in history.
March 14 - As reported by Agence France Press (AFP), Equador announces that
it has moved 10,000 combat troops to the Colombian border.
March 14 - The Dow drops another 317 points.
March 14 - The AP reports on expanding US military operations at the air
base at Manta, Equador where American airmen "armed with M-16 assault
rifles" guard US Navy spy planes as dozens of new bars, motels and
restaurants open up around the million expansion of runway and
maintenance facilities at the base. This in anticipation of the arrival of
many more American servicemen.
March 15 - Veteran journalist Al Giordano at www.narconews.com catches a
story, again by AFP, that has gone completely unreported by the major US
media in spite of being front page news all over Latin America. The State
Department on March 12 held a briefing and issued a statement from Secretary
of State Colin Powell indicating that the Bush Administration was adding
0 million to the Colombian military aid package, renamed as The Andean
Initiative, and intentionally widening the effort which he now officially
acknowledged as being a "conflict." AFP quoted Powell as saying, "The new
administration will try to regionalize the Colombian conflict, so that the
countries in the area recognize that this is their problem as much as it is
This announcement, kept a secret from the American people by our own press,
brings the nations of Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama
deliberately - and as we have been consistently predicting - directly into
the military operations zone.
We have been here before.
It was called Vietnam.
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