|Paramilitary fighters: Looking for guerrillas or drug money?|
|The skull of the victim of a paramilitary massacre.|
But most of those municipalities did have illegal drug plantations.
That made the study's authors ask what the paramilitaries were after, if not drug money.
Of course, it's long been known that the paramilitaries enriched themselves from the drug trade, just as the guerrillas did and still do. Drug money even created a schism amongst the paramilitaries as the old guard, led by Carlos Castaño, opposed participation in narcotrafficking.
|A protest against paramilitary violence.|
Uribe denies any involvement with paramilitarism, but suspicions and accusations have dogged him throughout his career.
Paramilitarism, one of the darkest chapters in Colombia's long armed conflict, suposedly ended when the groups demobilized around 2005, but their crimes will likely haunt the country for a long time.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours