Monday, April 07, 2008

Free Trade With Colombia

Imagine a country where CEO's live in fear. In just the past five years, 400 CEO's -- from manufacturing, banking, real estate -- have been shot down in cold blood. (Thousands over the past 15 years.) Almost none of these murders have been solved. Indeed, over the past five years the percentage of CEO murders simply brought to trial has declined from 30% to zero. CEO's now more or less live in fear.

Can you imagine the US have friendly relations with such a place? Can you imagine a president expending political capital to treat that country favorably in an international agreement? Right. Of course not.

via Christopher Hayes

Bush, playing the national security card, wants this to pass.
[Passing free trade with Colombia] “will advance American national security interests in a critical region,”

Eh, what's a little death when there is a profit to be made?

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