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1Chris Manzo Manzo 1 Prof. Drakulich Political Science 2 May 2008 Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the Worlds Greatest Outlaw Mark Bowden’s book, Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the Worlds Greatest Outlaw tells the story of how Columbian drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar was hunted down and captured by Columbian forces with the secret help of American forces. Escobar became one of the richest and most feared men in the world through trafficking cocaine into the United States. Escobar had the power to kill anybody he wanted to and was able to get away with it. Mark Bowden’s thesis in Killing Pablo is that Pablo Escobar was not just the ruthless kingpin that he was perceived as and how the United States secretly helped assassinate the powerful politician. In the eyes of Americans, Pablo Escobar was a Columbian cocaine trafficker and a terrorist. At one time Escobar became the seventh richest man in the world. Mark Bowden shows how Escobar viewed himself and how the local Columbians in Pablo’s hometown of Medellín viewed him. The locals viewed Escobar as a hero, a generous man who helped the poor. Pablo looked at himself as a good man who was helping his hometown. His goals were the same as Medellín citizens’ goals and he developed his hometown into a better place to live. Killing Pablo is about political, economic, and social history. Pablo Escobar had control over many politicians and later on even became a politician. Also, the U.S. involvement was political because the U.S. has a policy against assassinating foreign political figures. Past president Bush, had a legal memorandum that the president could order the assassination of foreign citizens if he felt that they were a threat to national security or to American citizens. That
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Manzo 2 characterized Pablo precisely because he had killed two American citizens when he ordered his men to blow up a plane. He was looked at as a threat to American citizens. Therefore, Bush was able to order the assassination of Pablo Escobar without going against foreign policy. Killing Pablo shows economic history because Pablo Escobar was a major influence in helping the Columbian economy. Escobar developed his home town with his own money, stimulating the Columbian economy. Pablo spent millions of dollars on projects in Medellín . He paid for road construction, housing for poor people, built soccer fields, and even gave away money. It is also economic history because the U.S. spent millions of dollars tracking Escobar and giving the Columbians equipment to use. The U.S. let Columbia use a fifty million dollar
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