a WikiLeaks cable (...) discusses the manoeuvres in Colombia of the Israeli firm Global Comprehensive Security Transformation (Global CST), founded by Major General (Res) Israel Ziv - former head of the Operations Directorate of the Israeli military - and contracted to aid in the fight against both criminal organisations and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as well as to evaluate potential perils emanating from Ecuador and Venezuela:
"Over a three year period, Ziv worked his way into the confidence of former [Colombian] Defense Minister [Juan Manuel] Santos by promising a cheaper version of USG [US government] assistance without our strings attached. (...)
Global CST's experience
Ziv's contention regarding the international relevance of his background in the Israeli military - "We felt that our experience could contribute tremendously to the world security and the world peace [sic]" - is, meanwhile, challenged by the following passage from the Bogota cable:
"In February 2008, [Colombian National Police] sources reported that a Global CST interpreter, Argentine-born Israeli national Shai Killman, had made copies of classified Colombian Defense Ministry documents in an unsuccessful attempt to sell them to the [FARC] through contacts in Ecuador and Argentina. The documents allegedly contained high value target (HVT) database information. Ziv denied this attempt and sent Killman back to Israel".
Ziv's denial becomes less compelling in light of the fact that Global CST has lent its services to both the armed forces of the nation of Georgia as well as to Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia. The firm's peaceable aims are furthermore called into question by the arms and training it reportedly provided to the Guinean military junta responsible for massacring pro-democracy protesters in Conakry in 2009.
Present on the board of Global CST is former Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim Sneh, whose recent efforts on behalf of peace have included defending the mass slaughter of Palestinians during Operation Cast Lead because Hamas had failed to "bring… investors to Gaza". The former minister did not explain how investors were expected to navigate an Israeli military blockade when smaller items such as pasta and pencils were not permitted passage.
'The Israelites of Latin America'
The encroachment of Global CST into the imperial realm of the US government was facilitated by Juan Manuel Santos, current president of Colombia, who has explained that the firm was recommended to him during his term as defence minister by his friend, former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami.
In a promotional video for Global CST, Santos characterises the company as follows: "They are people with a lot of experience; they have been helping us to work better. It's like the person who is in the gym, and when you go and you do the exercise he tells you how to do it better."
More effusive praise is offered on behalf of the athletic trainers in a video for an Israeli television programme - in which Santos announces: "We've even been accused of being the Israelites [sic] of Latin America, which personally makes me feel really proud."
This pronouncement occurs shortly after the programme's narrator has described Colombia's 2008 raid into Ecuador and assassination of FARC second-in-command Raul Reyes. The narrator's Hebrew assessment of the operation is transcribed with English subtitles: "All of a sudden, the methods that proved efficient in Nablus and Hebron begin speaking Spanish."
In addition to a shared pride in illegal extraterritorial targeted killings, there are other reasons Colombia might qualify as the Israel of Latin America. For starters, the late Carlos Castano Gil - father of modern Colombian paramilitarism - acknowledged copying the paramilitary concept from the Israelis during a training excursion to Israel in the 1980s.
In matters requiring the displacement of human beings from land, the Zionist example is undoubtedly invaluable, though the Colombians unfortunately lack the option of citing Biblical endorsement of territorial claims. In both locales, the liberal application of the term "terrorist" provides convenient justification for the elimination of excess sectors of the populace, be they Palestinians in refugee camps or Colombian peasants whose existence infringes on the designs of international corporations vis-a-vis area resources.
That the death and destruction wrought by the Jewish state and the paragon of military-paramilitary collusion that is the state of Colombia quantitatively and qualitatively outweighs that wrought by their respective nemeses has meanwhile not jeopardised their positions as top recipients of US military aid.
The necessity of casting victims in the role of aggressors has resulted in a range of creative military performances in both the original Israel and its Latin American apprentice. In 2008, Colombian soldiers were revealed to have murdered possibly thousands of civilians and then dressed the corpses in FARC attire in order to receive bonus pay and extra holiday time.
Juan Manuel Santos was serving as defence minister under President Alvaro Uribe when the "false positives" scandal broke. Despite this and other details - such as that, since Uribe's assumption of office, more trade unionists have been assassinated in Colombia than in the rest of the world combined - Santos managed to comment on the aforementioned Israeli television programme that fear "no longer exists" in Colombia and that "now we feel free".
(...) Colombians were given the opportunity to defend their position as the Israelites of Latin America when, upon completion of Uribe's presidential term in 2010, he was recycled into the post of Vice-Chairman of the UN panel tasked with investigating the flotilla massacre. The resulting report - which determined that a group of flotilla activists had engaged in an "extreme level of violence", and which upheld the validity of the Israeli siege of Gaza in spite of the UN's own classification of the siege as illegal - presumably benefited from Uribe's professed notion that human rights organisations often serve as fronts for terrorists. (...)
Colombia as regional security model
In a WikiLeaks cable from March 2009, the US embassy in Bogota specified that the region of Uraba was one of "17 strategic focus areas" within one of "two key swathes of territory" in Colombia where Global CST was assisting the Uribe government in "achiev[ing] irreversibility" in the battle against the FARC.