Tuesday, April 08, 2008

George Will on the Columbia Free Trade Agreement:

Addressing one particular issue:
... Obama ... says Colombia has not done enough to protect its trade unionists.

Colombia's unions, however, document that the number of murders of their members has sharply declined. Edward Schumacher-Matos, visiting professor of Latin American studies at Harvard, notes that "it was far safer to be in a union than to be an ordinary citizen in Colombia last year": The murder rate of unionists was less than one-eighth the murder rate of Colombians generally.
So, if murders have "sharply declined" and are less than the overall rate of a country with right-wing militias and a rebellion, there no cause for concern.


Does Colombia have the benefit of free trade for its drugs exported to the U.S.?

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 4/09/2008 3:34 AM  

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