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Colombia: Uncertain Future for the Hostage Situation

Image from Television taken by novato.comClara Rojas and Consuelo González de Perdomo, who had been hostages of the terrorist group FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces) for 5 and 6 years respectively, were finally freed on January 10th.

The independent media source equinoXio [es] wrote:

El presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez y el ministro de Defensa colombiano Juan Manuel Santos han confirmado por separado que la ex candidata vicepresidencial Clara Rojas y la ex congresista Consuelo González de Perdomo fueron liberadas en algún lugar del departamento del Guaviare (vereda La Paz, inspección La Libertad del municipio de El Retorno, según la periodista Constanza Vieira, de la agencia IPS) la mañana de este jueves. Chávez había recibido las coordenadas proporcionadas por la comandancia de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), grupo terrorista que secuestró a ambas políticas y que había prometido su liberación hace tres semanas, y anunció la misión humanitaria la tarde del miércoles.

The Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and the Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Manuel Santos have separately confirmed that the former vice-presidential candidate Clara Rojas and the former congresswoman Consuelo González de Perdomo were freed somewhere in the department of Guaviare (La Paz hamlet, in the La Libertad area of the municipality of El Retorno, according to journalist Constanza Vieira from IPS agency) on Thursday morning. Chávez had received the coordinates that the commanders from the Colombian Armed Revolutionary Forces (FARC), terrorist group who kidnapped both politicians and who had promised their liberation three weeks ago, the humanitarian commission announced on Wednesday afternoon.

EquinoXio [es] has kept a very complete and updated report on the events, since before the failed liberation attempt in December to the most recent developments, and it can all be read on their blog.

The liberation of the two women was bittersweet for many bloggers. As an example of the conflicting reactions, Jenny Giraldo writes on her blog Intemperie [es]:

La reacción primaria, tras la liberación de dos mujeres, fue de alegría mezclada con desazón al pensar en las familias de los 700 secuestrados (otras cifras señalan que son casi mil, y en Las voces del secuestro se asegura que en la actualidad hay unas 4200 personas secuestradas) que se quedaron atrás, y que seguramente se olvidarán por un tiempo, pues ya está cumplido el objetivo de la liberación de dos personas que son símbolo y que representan algún peso político.

The first reaction, after both women's liberation, was happiness mixed with unease, thinking of the families of the 700 hostages (other data points to closer than 1000, and in “Las voces del secuestro” it is established that there are currently about 4200 people kidnapped) who are left behind, and who will surely be forgotten for awhile, since the objective to release two symbolical people who have some political weight has been accomplished.

Colombian blogger Víctor Solano from ¿Comunicación? [es] puts in his own 2 cents about the liberation:

Con menos parafernalia, con menos Oliver Stone y comisiones parásitas, y con menos helicópteros llenos de fotógrafos chavistas, Clara Rojas y Consuelo de Perdomo ya están en poder del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja…Hoy Chávez se hará tomar muchas fotos con sus trofeos de guerra, pero so no debe importar. El círco mediático de esta noche será mucho menor que el del 30 y 31 de diciembre. Bienvenidas Clara y Consuelo. Ahora quedamos a la espera de los otros 700 secuestrados por las Farc y de que no tengamos más episodios bochornosos.

With less show, with less Oliver Stone and parasitic comissions, with less helicopters full of Chavist photographers, Clara Rojas and Consuelo of Perdomo are already in the hands of the International Red Cross Committee… Today Chávez will have many pictures taken with his war trophies, but that won't matter. The media circus tonight will be a lot smaller than the one on December 30th and 31st. Welcome back Clara and Consuelo. Now we are left to wait for the other 700 hostage by the FARC and [hoping] we don't have any more embarrassing episodes.

Other bloggers, such as Carlos Caicedo, noticed a suspicious conversation going on in the liberation videos and wrote about it [es]with transcribed bits:

Mientras todos nos alegrabamos al ver las imágenes de la liberación de Clara Rojas y Consuelo Gonzáles, algunos se percataban de la curiosa (y casi sospechosa) despedida del Ministro del interior de Venezuela, el señor Ramón Rodríguez Chacín al dirigirse al grupo de guerrilleros de las Farc:

“…Ehh…en nombre del Presidente Chavez…estamos muy pendientes de su lucha. Mantengan ese espiritu, mantengan esa fuerza y cuenten con nosotros…

…Cuidenese camaradas”

El video lo pueden encontrar en esta dirección.

While all of us where happy to see images of Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzales’ liberation, some noticed the curious (and almost suspicious) farewell between Venezuelan Home minister Mr. Ramón Rodríguez Chacín and the members of the FARC guerrilla:
“Uhm, in the name of President Chavez, we will be paying atention to your struggle. Keep that spirit, keep that strength and count on us…

… take care comrades”

You can find the video by following this link here.

The empathy between the Venezuelan government and the FARC has been palpable this last couple of months, and it seems to increase as the relationship between Venezuela and Colombia desintegrates. Chavez’ latest move was the request to the international governments to stop calling FARC terrorists and to consider them as an insurgent group. JammieWearingFool, on their post Better yet, call them activists writes:

You can't make this stuff up.

Here we have Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez calling on world governments to refer to terrorist groups as insurgents and by the fourth paragraph of the story, Reuters indeed refers to them as insurgents.

Why not just call them activists?

Colombian blogger Ricardo Buitrago writes on “Desde mi Caribe Colombiano” referring to Chávez’ request [es]:

Quienes ingenua o torpemente creían en la acción humanitaria del mandatario venezolano en la liberación de los secuestrados, e insistían en su intervención para un acuerdo humanitario, ahí tienen la verdadera respuesta sobre las acciones e intenciones del gobernante venezolano.

Those who naively or dimly believed in the humanitarian acts of the Venezuelan mandatary when freeing the hostages, and who insisted in his intervention to get the humanitarian agreement, there you have the real answer to the Venezuelan ruler's actions and intentions.

Nicolás París Alejandro Peláez writes in Machete [es] about his perspective on lifelong debate of what to call the FARC:

El hecho de que un grupo [FARC]tenga ideales o quiera gobernar, en nada cambia su calificación ética. Sí, son políticos, sí, tienen ideales. Pero siguen siendo una porquería. Importa un pepino si masacran a civiles y reclutan niños en nombre del paraíso en esta tierra o a cambio de unos billetes. Un grupo no deja de ser perverso por el simple hecho de hacerlo por un ideal.

The fact that a group [FARC] has ideals and wants to rule, doesn´t change in the least its ethical qualification. Yes, they are politicians, yes, they have ideals. But they are still garbage. It doesn´t matter one bit if they massacre civilians and recruit children in the name of paradise on earth or in exchange for some paper money. A group doesn´t stop being perverse for the simple fact of doing it for an ideal.

Mauricio Duque Arrubla [es] doesn´t see the future brightly, and points out the backward steps he believes the government has taken, which instead of creating greater rejection of las FARC internationally, their popularity seems to have increased:

Se nos avecina otra horrible noche, como la del himno nacional. Tengo frases enteras atragantadas pero solo logran salir diluidas en lágrimas. Estoy triste por mi país.

We are approaching another terrible night, like the one in our national anthem. I have complete phrases stuck in my throat but they only manage to come out diluted by tears. I´m sad for my country.

Through Gacetilla Colombiana, a Colombian popularity article index, I found about a peaceful event organized by ColombiaSoyYo next February 4th at 12 noon Colombian time (GMT-5), where Colombians and friends of Colombia will meet and show their desire to see las FARC dissappear. On their site, they have diverse meeting points all around the world for people to gather and show their dissapproval of the terrorist group. They are also asking people to join the march through their facebook group “A million voices against the FARC” which was only created this past January 4th and which 10 days later already had more than 70 000 members and they claim they have become the largest facebook group created in Colombia. The following excerpt is taken from their objectives page, which are translated into several languages:

We need our voices to be heard. Let’s not be silent anymore, let the world hear us; let every guerrilla man or woman hear us: We repel FARC – EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army). We DON’T want more armed fight.

Image of tv screen taken by novato.com and used according to Creative Commons License.

7 comments

  • Thanks for recognizing my work!!!

  • Let’ get straight on the FARC, Chavez AND the US government. Below is an excerpt from a blog post in reponse to a Washington Post editorial about Chavez and the FARC. For the rest of the response, go to http://hcvanalysis.wordpress.com

    The Post condemns Chavez for his suggestion that the guerrilla group FARC in Colombia is not a terrorist organization. The Post calls Chavez an “ally to kidnappers,” though the Venezuelan leader has consistently stated that his involvement in hostage negotiations does not mean he sides with the guerrillas. The Post does not mention that it was the US State Department that put FARC on its terrorist list in 2002 (some 40 years after the group formed). The ‘terrorist’ designation upped US military aid to the Uribe government to over $1 billion annually as part of ‘Plan Colombia,’ and approved US counter-insurgency funding and training. Enough said.

  • Edward

    We are all under attack by a government with almost no military.
    Here is the plan…
    Hugo and Morales move drugs into Brazil to destabilize Brazil. Lula has street wars now over drugs..
    Hugo moves drugs From Venezuela all the way up to the U.S. Boarder where Our Boarder patrol is under attack as I write this.
    Hugo is also attacking Calderon in Mexico with many many people murdered by the drug gangs.
    Hugo wanted Urbrador to win..He was Hugo’s boy..
    It is a socialist thing I am sure.. :}
    All of which is fueled by cocaine produced in Bolivia Venezuela Colombia Equador and Peru and moved in many ways.
    It is the business of the FARC to move and protect drugs.
    The leaders of other nations are waking up to Hugo, but he has time and time again pulled a political rabbit out of the hat.
    Hugo is a entertainer with a evil agenda.
    The whole time he is shaking your hand he is also simultaneously stabbing US citizens in the back with drugs as the weapon. A lot of American peoples lives have been adversly effected over the years by an overly abudant supply of relativaly cheap drugs.
    HUGO may himself be a FARC member..Faternidad member, who really knows :}
    Like Hugo Himself said, He is only a soldier for Castro.
    jmho

  • ZABABANG

    THIS IS THE TIME THAT THE EVIL CAME OUT OF THE CAVE. WHO IS GOING TO STOP THIS MOTHER “F” OF CHAVEZ? I DON’T KNOW WHATS GOING ON WITH THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT.
    THERE IS SO MUCH MONEY IN DRUGS INVOLVED IN THIS DISTURBING ISSUE, FIRST OF ALL CHAVEZ HAVE BEEN PLANNING THESE MOVES FOR A LONG TIME AND WITH 2 PERIODS OF GOVERMENT IS LIKE HE IS MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE IT WORK. HE HAS HIS PEOPLE IN AN OPPRESSIVE STATE FOLLOWING THE MOVES OF THE “COMANDANTE AND BIG BRO. FIDEL CASTRO DOING A STRONG OPPOSITION OVER THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT AND ANY WHO HAS OR SHOWS AFILIATION TO IT.
    NOW WITH THE IRANIAN AND OTHER TERORIST COUNTRIIES ON HIS FAVOR THIS IS GOING TO BE THE OPEN DOOR FROM SOUTH AMERICA TO ALL THE TERRORIST HAVE CLOSE ACCESS TO THE US BORDERS. THATS WHY WE HAVE TO STOP THE EVIL BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO BE THE BACKYARD OF ALL THAT FREAKING WAR BETWEEN DRUG DEALERS CAMOUFLAGED IN A “FARC” ELEMENT AND THE OTHER SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES.

  • wow edward, that was the most generalized right wing fear mongering superficial propagandist description of latin american politics that i have ever read!! congrats!!

  • […] Victor Solano (@solano): Lo de hoy con las falsas coordenadas recuerdan otros episodios de mentiras enormes de las farc como el caso de Emmanuel, hijo de Clara Today's news with the false coordinates remind us of other episodes of huge lies by FARC as the case of Emmanuel, [politician] Clara [Rojas's son] […]

  • jandaginda

    gracias, puedo añadir la información de tu blog
    cara memikat hati wanita cantik idaman anda meskipun anda jelek

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