“Power like-love is a double edge sword.” With that sword, Pablo Escobar, Colombia’s powerful drug capo, held tight to. On one edge, Pablo Escobar was a man who was infatuated with power, and used it to his advantage to corrupt Colombia’s political force for his own good. Because of his power status, Escobar was feared by many people because of what he can have done to them. And on the other edge, Pablo Escobar used his power to help those who were less fortunate, and he would be worshiped by many people. Escobar had the need to control everything in his path. Escobar would use his power to manipulate politics, economics, and people way of life. Pablo Escobar used corruption and propaganda to get his way with non-extradition to the United States. Escobar was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia; a country that produced the most addictive drug, cocaine. Because there was a high demand for cocaine in the United States, Escobar saw this as an opportunity for him to make fast money. He would begin producing and exporting the good. Escobar bribed government officials, judges and other politicians, so he wouldn’t have to face non-extradition to the United States. Escobar kidnapped or killed those who he felt was a threat towards his cocaine trafficking business. People such as: journalist, judges, police officers, presidents and government officials were main his targets. “Four presidential candidates had been assassinated before the 1990 campaign. Carlos Pizarro, the M-19 candidate, was killed by a lone assassin on a commercial plane” (Marquez 128). “In 1989, presidential candidate, Luis Carlos Galan was assassinated during a public meeting as he was campaigning” (Restrepo 261). In the book, News of a Kidnapping, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells a story about two women, Maruja Pachón and Beatriz Villamizar, whose lives would be forever changed once they were kidnapped by Escobar’s group, the M-19. “Between September 1983 and January 1991,...
Cited: García, Márquez Gabriel, and Edith Grossman. News of Kidnapping. London: Penguin, 1998. Print.
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