COLOMBIA: The Urge to Kill

Colombia's backlands blood feud between Liberals and Conservatives goes on, only partly muffled by the iron censorship of President Gustavo Rojas Pinilla. Last week, from Strongman Rojas himself, came a communique on the fighting. In one of his rare press interviews, he told the Chicago Daily News's John B. McDermott that this year the struggle has cost 2,000 or more lives.*

The warfare, originally a Liberal guerrilla revolt against the oppression of a Conservative dictatorship, lost its point two years ago when General Rojas, though a Conservative himself, got fed up and overthrew...

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