COLOMBIA: The Habit of Murder

Political murder, the scourge of Colombia, is on the rise again. Last week alone, there were eight killings; there have been more than 100 since last June, when Lieut. General Gustavo Rojas Pi-nilla seized the presidency of Colombia and promised "no more bloodshed."

In the main, Rojas has kept that promise : he stopped the four-year war between the brutal policemen-followers of his fanatically Conservative predecessor, Lau-reano Gomez, and the Gomez-hating Liberal guerrillas. Although a Conservative himself, Rojas fired the cops, earning their hatred, and amnestied the Liberals, earning their gratitude. The new peacebreakers are mostly Laureanista ex-cops, far gone...

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