The Miami Herald | 6/23/2009 12:00:00 AM
Murder of civilians in Colombia must be punished - The Miami Herald
After a 10-day visit to the country, U.N. official Philip Alston minced no words in condemning what he called ''the cold-blooded, premeditated murder of innocent civilians for profit.'' He rejected the notion that this reprehensible practice was the work of a few bad apples:
``The sheer number of cases, their geographic spread, and the diversity of military units implicated, indicate that these killings were carried out in a more or less systematic fashion by significant elements within the military.''
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