A hole the size of a helicopter

Is it me, or is there a hole in this story the size of a helicopter?

Anselvi Rada – Aporrea

Translation: Machetera

I think it’s becoming clearer all the time what happened yesterday in Colombia; the FARC were going to deliver the hostages in good faith, having reached an agreement for a unilateral exchange; the objective reached by the two European delegates who’d been in Colombia since the beginning of the week, but something failed. No-one in the FARC foresaw that Uribe would infiltrate soldiers on the helicopters in order to take the credit. Surely the two European delegates didn’t forsee it either, or maybe they did…

Let’s look at what Colombia’s Defense Minister Santos says:

The story, so to speak, was that the hostages were being transferred on orders of ‘Alfonso Cano’ (the successor of the late FARC leader, ‘Tirofio,’) to begin a process of humanitarian exchange, a negotiation and, therefore, they were going to be transferred to another camp.

With this tale, the Colombian minister wishes to tell us that a guerrilla force with 50 years experience hiding out in the Colombian jungle, that doesn’t even light a campfire in order to avoid being detected by satellite, let alone a 60 cc scooter, for the clear and simple logic of guerrilla warfare, is going to accept a ride in something larger than a bus, so that the hundreds of radars and dozens of spy satellites that cover the vast Colombian jungle can detect them practically in 3D, and that they’re going to land in a FARC camp so that all the spy agencies in Bogotá and Washington can know where such and such a camp is located and in less than 10 minutes, run, at a minimum, the same risk as the sadly famous guerrilla camp of the alias Raúl Reyes; is it me, or is there a hole in this story the size of a helicopter?

But let’s look at something else; at the beginning of this note I commented on the two European delegates, to which the journalist Pascual Serrano and Professor Vladimir Acosta already referred. Well then, allow me to recall that at the BBC last Tuesday, July 1, one could read:

“The Colombian government confirmed this Monday that it authorized the entry of two European delegates so that they might establish a ‘direct meeting with the FARC secretariat,’ in order to discuss the possible liberation of the hostages.”

Okay then, if at this time, 7:34 p.m., Friday, July 4, 2008, if we look on the Internet for any kind of reaction or communique from the French Noel Saéz or the Swiss Jean Pierre Gontard, the two European delegates in question – we can’t find anything. Why the hermetic silence by these two diplomats who’d arrived in Colombia only a few days before Operation Check, according to the Colombian government press secretary: “I can say that the two European delegates arrived in recent days in Colombia, [and] asked for government authorization to set up a direct meeting with the FARC Secretariat,” said the secretary in this same BBC article.

Did the gentlemen delegates achieve their objective? Did they finally meet with the FARC? Was it they who alias César and alias Gafas were waiting for in the helicopter or at the final point of the flight? Did the European delegates receive word from Cano himself, about a unilateral liberation? Why this strange and overwhelming similarity between the helicopters used in Operation Check and those which were used by the Venezuelan government at the beginning of the year during Operation Emmanuel? Were they exactly the kinds of helicopters that the guerrillas were expecting for the liberation, with journalists and all? It would be interesting to receive an answer to these questions.

According to the Swiss, all this is a show put on by Uribe, and alias César sold his moral integrity for $20 million dollars, but this theory has a weak point; alias César was beaten severely; that’s clear from when earlier today, he was presented to the press earlier today, in fact, in a video provided by Colombia in order to contradict the Swiss blackmail, where as luck would have it, one cannot see the actual beating; General Montoya apologized to the press but this part is not available.

With the release of the video, the payment theory fails because alias César, certainly, would not have received such a beating, but rather, a crisp check for $20 million dollars; moreover, there are insistent rumors of his possible deportation to the United States, with the approval of the senior Colombian military leader, where he might be tried for crimes against humanity in the case of the three North American citizens, and with the kind of publicity that the case received in the U.S., no judge would give him a sentence of less than 20 years in jail. Truly I don’t believe that this could be part of the deal with the guerrilla.

So then, is it me, or is there a hole in this story the size of a helicopter?

Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the network of translators for linguistic diversity. This translation may be reprinted as long as the content remains unaltered, and the source, author, and translator are cited.

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