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Che finally does some good
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, July 03, 2008

A tip of the hat to the Columbian army and the successful ruse they used to free 15 hostages, to include a former Columbian presidential candidate and 3 Americans from the terrorist group FARC.

Apparently the army members posed as aid workers and offered to fly the hostages to a meeting with a rebel leader.
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. "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."
Heh ... Loved the "Che" T-shirt touch.
"This was an operation without precedent that will pass into history for its audacity and effectiveness," Santos said. "Fifteen hostages were rescued without firing a single shot."
Tremendous. And well done.

Seems to me, with all the recent desertions and defections, FARC may be in deep trouble. A fact, I'm sure, that will sorely irritate Hugo Chavez. And given the recent actions and capabilities of the Columbian army, I'd also suggest it isn't an entity with which his route-step military would want to tangle.
 
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May CHE be forever known as CHemical Engineering.
 
Written By: Neo
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That is awesome.

MAJOR props to those guys. 15, without a shot?

Godlike, gentlemen. Godlike...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Impressive. Imaginative, bold, well executed, and lucky. I would think this plan was a long time in the making. And no leaks, which is encouraging.

I am rather curious about why the FARC folks thought that using two helicopters was not highly suspicious. Do they have regular access to helicopter support?
 
Written By: timactual
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They were a NGO’s helicopter’s Tim...supposedly. This ought to say something about NGO’s and their sympathies.
 
Written By: Joe
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I’m sure Hug-Oh will have a trenchant observation to make about the whole thing.

The captured PCs continue to pay dividends, any doubts?
 
Written By: looker
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This is like a pulling a double reverse.

You can do it once in a very blue moon. Actually you can do it a second time right away because everyone assumes you will only do it once in a blue moon.
 
Written By: jpm100
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I went to Bogota for work a couple of weeks ago. Terrific city, one deserving a far better reputation than it presently has. Hopefully this marginalizes FARC that much more.
 
Written By: Ryan
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I certainly will screw with FARC’s head, and orders will be slow in the following - everything will need to be double and tripple-checked for authenticity.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I think that this was a WAR CRIME! You are NOT allowed to fool your opponent, especially Leftitst opponents, by using Che shirts. I am SURE this is well-established International Law. We must seek to try Uribe at the Hague, IMMEDIATELY!
 
Written By: Joe
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I think that this was a WAR CRIME! You are NOT allowed to fool your opponent, especially Leftitst opponents, by using Che shirts. I am SURE this is well-established International Law. We must seek to try Uribe at the Hague, IMMEDIATELY!
In the interest of fairness, the deceptiveness of camouflage garb for the military is an war crime that’s been accepted far too long.
 
Written By: jpm100
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another sign of hope .. in academia
 
Written By: Neo
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I think that this was a WAR CRIME! You are NOT allowed to fool your opponent, especially Leftitst opponents, by using Che shirts. I am SURE this is well-established International Law. We must seek to try Uribe at the Hague, IMMEDIATELY!
In the interest of fairness, the deceptiveness of camouflage garb for the military is an war crime that’s been accepted far too long.
1) I spoke too hastely, Uribe needs to be tried, SOON, soon after Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Feith, Franks, and anyone else associated with our War of Aggression against the peaceful iraqi People, THEN Uribe..
2) I agree camouflage IS unlawful, all US troops and Allied Troops must henceforth be clothed in Neon Pink/Flourescent Yellow Combat smocks, with little bells on their boots...It’s the only fair thing to do.
 
Written By: Joe
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FARC is a covert organization, so infiltrating their leadership and their ranks is a serious problem for their members. Serious enough to start cutting the team, permanently.
 
Written By: arch
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Does this mean that I should go out and buy a Che pullover and infiltrate society, kind of like wearing a NYPD hat ?
 
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