Colombia Noble Battle, Terrible Toll

In his offensive against the coke princes, President Barco has dented the drug pipeline but hardly destroyed it. The narcos lash back by terrorizing the innocent

The army major was flabbergasted at the offer, delivered by an emissary of Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha: in return for destroying confiscated documents and computer disks that provided a detailed blueprint of Gacha's cocaine empire, the officer, whose monthly salary is $300, would receive $1.2 million. Cash. If he refused, the drug Mafia would hunt him down and slaughter him.

How many people would be strong enough to just say no? To reject immediate wealth and accept a relentless shadow of violent death? Yet the major did say no, and turned over the data to his superiors. His bravery is only...

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