Colombia Truce or Consequences?

Unease grows over the wages of the drug war

Bloodied but far from beaten, the Colombian cocaine cartel proved last week that it still has the will -- and the means -- to terrorize anyone who dares oppose it. On Monday Pablo Pelaez Gonzalez, a former mayor of Medellin and a vocal critic of the cartel, was being chauffeured from his home in the affluent El Poblado section of the city when at least eight gunmen riddled his car with bullets. Both Pelaez and his driver were killed. The same day, unidentified assailants fire bombed the summer homes of two prominent Medellin business executives. The attacks came as Eduardo Martinez...

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