The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Remembering Ingrid Betancourt
The release of Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot has brought namechecks , if nothing more, to the former Colombian presidential candidate now prisoner of the FARC for three years.
I was last with Betancourt on May 12 2003 in the wake of a failed rescue attempt. Very easy to sermonise on the folly of a bourgeois white woman venturing into the shark-filled waters of Colombian politics in a foredoomed piece of extended sermonising. (Too late...)
Loads of her little brown brothers are known to have met stickier fates  at the hands of the FARC, the ELN, the AUC and other alphabet-soup combinations with which my slight knowledge of the country has failed to acquaint me.
So far as I can see, the poor cow is fucked. President Uribe is pursuing a policy of tout sécuritaire against the FARC (unlike his cosying up to the paramilitary AUC). His successor (elections due in 2006) is unlikely to take a markedly different view.
Betancourt and Bush are object-lessons in keeping fantasy out of politics; Bush's come-uppance will be slow, indirect and inadequate since he wisely kept 6,000 miles away from the nasty stuff - Betancourt's is inhumanly excessive, because she didn't.
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