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Thursday, December 23, 2004
 

Remembering Ingrid Betancourt


The release of Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot has brought namechecks [1], 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 [2] 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 s├ęcuritaire 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.

  1. Here, here, here and here.

  2. Everyone is assuming that Betancourt is still alive. I'm not clear when proof of this was last shown.


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