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| 8/23/2010 12:00:00 AM

Debate starts on Uribe's legacy

August 23--Led Colombia to stability, but at what cost?

It has been barely two weeks since former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe handed the reins to Juan Manuel Santos, but with Mr. Uribe already taking on new roles — as vice chairman of a U.N. panel and a soon-to-be Georgetown professor — the debate over his legacy has begun.

To his admirers, Mr. Uribe is nothing less than Colombia's savior - a tireless statesman who almost single-handedly brought to its knees the leftist insurgency that had bedeviled the country since the 1960s.

"When you look at Colombia, you see a nation transformed because of the leadership of one man," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
 
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