Thursday, July 03, 2008

Colombian operation frees high-value FARC hostages

Colombia's government and armed forces deserve a huge round of applause for the operation that freed 15 hostages held for years by communist FARC rebels in the remote Colombian jungle. While the plan was conceptually simple, laying the groundwork for success must have been incredibly complex and delicate.

The plan as carried out called for flying two helicopters into the camp where the hostages were being held, tell the bad guys they're moving the hostages to another camp on the orders of the insurgents' leaders, and fly the hostages to freedom. Shit...I could have come up with that plan if I thought it was, you know, actually possible.
Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos told reporters earlier in the day that the rescue mission had been made possible by "a special intelligence" operation that had penetrated the highest reaches of the FARC, including the group's seven-man directorate and one of the rings of specialized rebel units entrusted with guarding hostages. Santos said that ring, commanded by a rebel known by the alias Cesar, was tricked into believing that the FARC's leader had called for the hostages to be brought to him.

Yesterday, two white helicopters arrived in a jungle clearing where the hostages were being held. The men in the helicopters looked like guerrillas, Betancourt later said, describing details of the rescue at the military airport.

"Absolutely surreal," she said, noting that some of the men who got off the helicopter wore T-shirts emblazoned with the iconic image of the Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. [Heh. --ed.] "I thought this was the FARC," she said.

Their hands bound, the hostages were forced aboard the helicopters, wondering where they would be taken next in their long ordeal. But once aboard, Betancourt said, Cesar and another guerrilla were overpowered and the crewmen announced that the passengers were now free. "The chief of the operation said: 'We're the national army. You're free,' " she said. "The helicopter almost fell from the sky because we were jumping up and down, yelling, crying, hugging one another. We couldn't believe it."
Awesome. In your face, commies!


darkpixel said...

I can not imagine the sheer joy of learning you've been freed after so many years...

And the Che t-shirt was a nice touch. I hadn't seen that reported elsewhere!

And FARC is going down like a $5.00 whore. It's not been a good 12 months for them.

Heh, indeed.

Eric said...

Allahpundit at Hot Air tumbled to the Che t-shirt thing yesterday, as well.

I loved his comment:
"Shouldn’t the shirts have tipped them off? Nothing says “decadent western capitalist stooge” quite like Che gear."

darkpixel said...

Can't you see the MasterCard commercial now?

Painting two helicopters white: $3,000

Che T-shirts for your operatives:

Look on Commie/narco-terrorists face when you jack'em and cuff'em:

darkpixel said...

Oh, and the Obvious.... What if she becomes the next President of Columbia? Can you see the press conference?

"Madame President, according to the Obama Administration, FARC is ready to negotiate. Will you..."

"NO... While I thank my counterpart in Washington, I'm more thankful to his predecessor who leased 6 B-52s to us before leaving office...."

Eric said...

Yeah, FARC definitely got punk'd, and I think they're now in full decline. Good riddance.

Didn't hear about the B-52 lease...or were you joking about that?