Thursday, July 03, 2008

How to fool Colombian guerrillas

The story of the rescue of the hostages being held in Colombia is just wonderful. Kudos to the Colombian government for a well-executed deception of the FARC terrorists to make them think that an order had come from their leaders to release the hostages and that a helicopter had been sent to transport them. And how do you convince a bunch of terrorist guerrillas that national soldiers are really other guerillas? Well, you just have to don their recognized costume!
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."
How sublime that the government was able to free the hostages by donning the FARC garb - Che Guevara T-shirts. I guess that is the standard guerrilla uniform.