Stunning Hostage Rescue in Colombia

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    Jul 03, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    A few hours ago the Colombian military pulled off one of the best engineered, most precise and intelligently planned blow to one of its terrorist leftist groups, the FARC.

    As a Colombian, I'm really proud of my guys back home, and how this operation was carried without firing a single shot, freeing one of our most beloved citizens, french-colombian Ingrid Betancourt, as well as 3 Americans and 11 other prisoners that had been held captive for YEARS.

    You guys can read about it in this TIME article:

    [url]www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1819862,00.html[/url]

    and this Reuters video:
    http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=8617688&ch=4226714&src=news

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    Jul 03, 2008 12:53 AM GMT
    Oh crap, the link to the Time article is not clickable...
    Caslon is gonna kick my ass
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    Jul 03, 2008 12:57 AM GMT
    Ach. I wish our commandos were as well-trained.

    As it is, they botched an operation here a few years back on rescuing an American Couple from the Abu Sayyaf (Islamic Extremists in the southernmost part of our island). Gracie Burnham recounts it in her book (I've read it). The sad thing was, the US kept offering to lend a hand in the rescue and our government continued refusing on the grounds of sovereignty. Well they ended up rescuing the Burnhams, the husband got shot in the confusion. Bleh.

    Our military sucks.
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    Jul 03, 2008 1:12 AM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear that man...

    Well Colombia is well-known to be the #1 suck up of USA in South America, which is a good thing considering we have that lunatic Chavez as our neighbor.
    But we've used all the money and training from the US to strenghten our military from what was a joke before to a well-trained force that specializes more in subtlety and intelligence than brute force.
    That's what's so cool about it.
    You should hear the stories on how they caught Pablo Escobar back in the 90's, and now this rescue they pulled off today.
    Goes to show you that there are ways to face terrorism and win, but it has to be done intelligently and maturely.

    It's not just about going someplace and bombing the crap out of people.
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    Jul 03, 2008 9:53 AM GMT
    I agree, the Colombian military has been hitting some homeruns lately. Here in Ohio I've been calling and writing letters to the editor to get my House Representative Marcy Kaptur to withdraw her bill that would block a trade deal with Colombia.
    The Uribe administration and the Colombian military are fantastic allies. I get the impression Congresswoman Kaptur supports FARC. Last month she held a rally at a local union hall to badmouth President Uribe and President Bush.

    On the bright side, Raul Reyes is dead, FARC knows it doesn't have sanctuary anywhere, Manuel Maruland was so overwhelmed he had a heart attack and died and now the hostages are free. Oh, and Chavez proved to be weak when he "mobilized" against Colombia and had to back down. Colombia's got it together.



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    Jul 03, 2008 10:01 AM GMT
    Did anyone notice that this daring death defeating rescue
    happened to be timed to a certain flip-floppin' Presidential candidates visit to same said South American country??

    ...Hmmm that there's some real coincidence don't you think?

    A Presidential candidate .... Presidential candidates never really go abroad just HAPPENS to be there
    when the gov't pulls off a very very media friendly rescue without a shot being fired

    I think it's time for me to purchase a lottery ticket
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    Jul 03, 2008 10:36 AM GMT
    Ikaros saidOh crap, the link to the Time article is not clickable...
    Caslon is gonna kick my ass


    funny pictures
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    Jul 03, 2008 11:03 AM GMT
    What the heck is a sourge?
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    Jul 03, 2008 12:03 PM GMT
    I have no idea but i think it has something to do with being LOLCAT'd to death...
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    Jul 03, 2008 12:05 PM GMT
    GQjock saidDid anyone notice that this daring death defeating rescue
    happened to be timed to a certain flip-floppin' Presidential candidates visit to same said South American country??

    ...Hmmm that there's some real coincidence don't you think?

    A Presidential candidate .... Presidential candidates never really go abroad just HAPPENS to be there
    when the gov't pulls off a very very media friendly rescue without a shot being fired

    I think it's time for me to purchase a lottery ticket


    I know, that was kind of a weird coincidence that McCain was in Cartagena at the time...
    And then he's all like "Oh yea, president Uribe told me all about it before it happened, cuz i'm THAT cool"

    But hey, great timing nonetheless...
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    Jul 03, 2008 12:22 PM GMT
    Sourge... ahihihi...

    Alzheimer's! icon_lol.gif

    *runs away FAST*
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    Jul 03, 2008 12:56 PM GMT
    Sedative saidSourge... ahihihi...

    Alzheimer's! icon_lol.gif

    *runs away FAST*


    Who or what is the source of this scourge?
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    Jul 03, 2008 1:39 PM GMT
    paradox said

    Who or what is the source of this scourge?


    Why! LOLCatz of course. Didn't you notice old ladies with cats are often *makes circling motion with finger around one ear*?

    Cats suck your soul and leave you an empty husk. icon_wink.gif