Can you explain in more detail what you mean by "Colombia doesn't have a lot of conscripts?" I work with a Colombian who says he is putting off his required military service and it seems from what I found online that there is a required 24-month service obligation.Originally posted by: Mill
Eh... I disagree. Colombia has a professional military, and their combat experience is fighting the FARC in the thick of the jungle and paracos as well -- not massacring civilians like you accuse them of. I've been on several Colombian military bases -- even some of the ones close to the action, and I can promise you that they have a professional army. Colombia doesn't have a lot of conscripts; most of the conscripts are in the FARC or in the paracos. This is not to say that the Colombian military has never killed innocent people, or that they haven't had problems -- they have -- but their military is very professional. They've had US training and equipment for a long time now.Originally posted by: Perknose
Again, this is all posturing. These are all indifferently trained and poorly motivated conscript armies, on all sides.
Columbians have the most "combat" experience, but this consists mainly of sweeping into isolated villages after the FARC has melted away and brutalizing the luckless campesino peasants left behind. Still, they've been doing this for several decades, so they probably have more unit cohesion than Venezuela or, hahahahahahahahaha, Ecuador.
There will be no real shooting war.
Each side has potentially too much to lose and little to truly gain if that happens, and they know it.
War in Colombia predates that timeline.Still, they've been doing this for several decades