COLOMBIA: State of a Nation

Colombia's President Laureano Gómez buried his head in a glistening sand pile of rhetoric. Said he to his people at the end of his first year in office: the state of the nation is an almost unblemished "panorama of felicity." His administration has contained the cost of living, encouraged foreign capital, sent forces to fight in Korea. "The people's happiness would be perfect, their progress would have increased indescribably . . . if there had not existed disorder which perturbed the picture."

This description could hardly be further from reality. Colombia is not a panorama...

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