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Chavez, hostages and FARC
Posted by: McQ on Monday, January 14, 2008

Quite a bit of press about the two hostages that Columbian terrorist group FARC released at the supposed behest of Venezuelan strong man, Hugo Chavez. The political price? Chavez arguing for taking FARC off the terrorist organization list:
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said political recognition of guerrilla groups by Colombia's government is a ``path to peace'' and a way of ``regularizing'' what he called a civil war.

Countries should remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, and other guerrilla groups from lists of terrorists and recognize them as insurgents with political aims, Chavez said today, reiterating a call he made Jan. 11 after the FARC released two hostages to Venezuela. Chavez made the comments in his weekly television show.

Political recognition has been a goal of the FARC, which has been labeled a terrorist group for kidnapping and killing civilians as part of its decades-long struggle with the Colombian government. Chavez said recognizing the group's political goals would give guerrillas a chance to leave their jungle redoubts and run for office without threat of death.
But according to IBD, FARC holds a total of 774 hostages and cynically released the 2 who where most likely to garner world attention long enough to hear Chavez's demand. Interestingly, no one seems to know that last year alone, the Columbian government freed 117 hostages, 115 more than the Chavez effort.

Here's a counter-proposal for Chavez and FARC (whose hostages include political candidates and kidnap victims held for ransom - making them both a terrorist and criminal organization): release all of the 774 hostages now, disavow kidnapping in the future and perhaps the demand will be given some consideration. But until all the hostages are released, if I were Columbia, I'd tell both Chavez and FARC to go pound sand.
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Clara Rojas, who was released along with Gonzales, returned to Colombia today to be with her three-year-old son, who was born in captivity and turned over to foster care in 2006, Agence France-Presse reported.
According to an NPR (National Proletarian Radio) report last night, Rojas’ son was fathered by one of her captors. Suffice to say, there is nothing "consensual" between a captor and captive; apparently rape is acceptable when perpetrated by a revolutionary organization like FARC.
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