Jul 05 2008

WorldView: Ingrid Betancourt Rescue In Colombia An Inspiration For Other Fronts

Published by at 5:32 pm under Uncategorized

Good news from the front of the war on thuggish dead-enders, as Ingrid Betancourt is rescued in a daring operation:

The FARC pretends to be one of those “people’s movements,” inspired by Maoist insurrectionary ideology, but it’s really a criminal gang living on the proceeds of extortion and the drug trade. It’s the last “movement” of its kind in South America, following the collapse of Peru’s Shining Path guerrillas.

In recent years, especially in the past 12 months, the supreme FARC leader has died of natural causes, the second-in-command has been killed, others have been betrayed and still others have given themselves up. The FARC’s membership has been cut in half and the territory within which it operates has shrunk dramatically. (From Jeffery Simpson’s “Bold Rescue Is Good News For Colombia And Canada” Globe & Mail column).

Another example to show that talking with violent thugs is not the way to go. If you want results, send in the army.

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7 Responses to “WorldView: Ingrid Betancourt Rescue In Colombia An Inspiration For Other Fronts”

  1. betancourt operation a fake...on 06 Jul 2008 at 5:15 am

    This article does a good job of indicting the people telling us it was authentic and pointing out some excellent links about why it was probably fake:

    http://brazil.indymedia.org/pt/blue/2008/07/423786.shtml

  2. jnarveyon 06 Jul 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Let’s wait and see. Still no confirmation on the Swiss news story.

  3. Muvaron 07 Jul 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Very interesting topic. I agree….lets wait and see
    Rgds,
    Muvar

  4. Jameson 11 Jul 2008 at 5:08 pm

    It had to be a fake. She was the FARC’s star kidnap victim. They wouldn’t have been duped that easily. Also, Ms Betancourt does not behave as would a person kidnapped for 6 years. She flew to the other side of the world shortly after being released to meet her family, the press & world leaders. I know she’s a special person but any other human being would have needed at least a few days rest. A few months ago, we were told she was close to death. She did not appear to be when freed but was unusually calm, fresh-faced and in perfect condition.

  5. jnarveyon 12 Jul 2008 at 9:37 am

    James, thanks for commenting, but I’m afraid I don’t agree with your take. I’ll go through it point by point.

    1. “They wouldn’t have been duped that easily.” Why, because illiterate FARC thugs all have PhDs in criminology and psychology?
    2. “Ms Betancourt does not behave as would a person kidnapped for 6 years.” How is a released hostage supposed to behave?
    3. “She flew to the other side of the world shortly after being released to meet her family, the press & world leaders.” So… she should have put off being reunited with her family? And why is it so strange for her to talk to the press? As for meeting world leaders — well, she was a presidential candidate. She’s a political animal.
    4. She “was unusually calm, fresh-faced and in perfect condition.” So she cleans up well. Where’s the conspiracy?

  6. Jameson 12 Jul 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks, jnarvey, but….
    1. Six years later, it was decided that the FARC was dumb enough to be tricked so easily into releasing their hostages. That was a long wait. The question is, why wait so long?

    2. Released after 6 years from being kept in a jungle, suffering hepatitis, torture & being very sick (remember the pics of her looking very thin & haggard), I’d say a person would behave in a way anyone else would when needing hospital treatment. Perhaps the witnesses, her family, etc, who told us she was in that condition, needed urgent medical treatment AND was close to death when held captive, simply lied?

    3. Well, behaving like a celebrity so soon after her release does appear odd (see point 2). Yes, she was a presidential candidate, albeit, an successful one (she got about .5% of the vote in 2002?), but so what? She’s still a human being that was kept in chains for years. Medically, anyone in that condition would have to wait before flying to meet family, friends, the Pope or anyone else. Oh, but wait, I did read that she had medical tests after her ‘hero’s welcome’ in Paris. Better late than never, I suppose.

    4. Agreed. She cleans up very well – too well.

    I’m with those that say she was no longer a hostage quite some time ago, was given medical treatment, fed well, etc, in preparation for her upcoming, dramatic ‘release’. Those that blindly think otherwise & prefer to enjoy the current Betancourt hype (Betancourt for president, Hollywood movie, Nobel Peace Prize, etc) will be saying ‘I knew something was strange from the beginning’ once the truth is out.

  7. jnarveyon 15 Jul 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Still wondering how the rescue in Columbia played out? There’s a great explanation at Man-in-the-Middle Attacks. Pretty sneaky.

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