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Thursday, February 28, 2008

FARC releases four more hostages

Continuing his effort to remain relevant, Chavez has "brokered" the release of four more hostages, or so says the news,
Colombian hostages freed by Farc
Four hostages held by Colombian left-wing Farc rebels have been released, in a deal brokered by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The four had a tearful reunion with relatives after being released in the Colombian jungle to Venezuelan envoys.

The Farc says it will not free more hostages until Colombia creates a demilitarised zone for talks.
The four are former members of the Colombian congress.

The BBC assesses the situation, which has four salient elements:
1. Be releasing a few hostages at a time, the FARC keeps itself in the headlines and maintains pressure on Uribe.
2. Chavez continues to be their tool, insisting that the FARC is not a terrorist organization. The French are not impressed.
3. Unfortunately, the efforts by France to keep Ingrid Betancourt in the news have backfired, making her a most valuable hostage among all the hostages.
4. The Colombian government is on the record saying they will negociate prisoner exchanges but that there will be no demilitarized zone, and Uribe will continue his "Democratic Security" policy.

Uribe has broad support in his country, and I wish the US Congress would approve a free trade agreement with Colombia.

Gateway Pundit has more on the hostages.


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At 12:53 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I think NO ONE is impressed, except perhaps Prensa Latina. That drop wise release makes the whole business even more disgusting.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Kate said...

In complete agreement with Daniel; even the US media didn't pay nearly as close attention to this as when Rojas and González de Perdomo were released. Sensationalism, even in Venezuela, might have its limits. As long as people are starting to see that these adventures really are hardly humanitarian in nature, well only then will people understand the convoluted dynamic between the FARC and the Chávez government.

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Tanning Lotion said...

If Chavez would quit legitamizing the FARC their would be less kidnapping, drug smuggling and the like. The reason Chavez hates the US so much is that he himself is funded with evil money and knows that the US will eventually get tired of it and knock him out of power. The idiot is too stupid to realize that the US funds him too.


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