chapter  7
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The “Disposable Ones”

Much of this chapter came from reviewing the Communist Party newspaper, Voz. Matta’s Poder capitalista y violencia politíca en Colombia, in which he chronicles the deaths of UP members using Voz as his source, was also extremely helpful. The notion that the FARC used the peace to promote war was shared by numerous ex-FARC, Communist Party insiders, and analysts. The army charted the rebels’ growth. The FARC’s expansion into coca-growing areas is detailed in Jaime Jaramillo’s Colonización, coca y guerrilla. Accounts from Semana magazine and declassified U.S. intelligence documents were also helpful. Pieces of the story detailing Rodríguez Gacha’s life, his drug business, and his commentary came from Cañón’s El Patrón: Vida y muerte de Pablo Escobar. The foremost authority on the drug traffickers’ massive land grab in the 1980s and 1990s is Alejandro Reyes Posada. In addition to looking closely at his work, I spoke to Reyes on several occasions. Rodríguez Gacha’s relationship with the army and police was well known; it emerges in newspaper and magazine accounts of the para militaries. The fight between the FARC and Rodríguez Gacha was written about in Semana as well as in several books, including Castillo’s La coca nostra. I corroborated this information with ex-FARC and paramilitaries. Álvaro Salazar told me of his trip to see Rodríguez Gacha in Medellín.