Maybe Uribe can still get into Sundance

Wait a second. They constructed a film set to practice Betancourt’s rescue? Who else does that?

Oh right, the CIA and U.S. Army funded Institute for Creative Technologies, “which uses Hollywood techniques to mount war simulations in California’s high desert in order to conduct military training” and has as its subcontractor, the Bono financed Pandemic Studios which created Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, based on a simulated invasion of…yes, Venezuela!

Ingrid Betancourt, the Pedagogy, the Perfection

Reinaldo Iturriza López – Aporrea

Translation: Machetera

CNN called yesterday’s press conference with Álvaro Uribe, in the company of Ingrid Betancourt, the 11 rescuing soldiers and the senior military leadership an exercise in “pedagogy.” Ingrid Betancourt thanked “the Colombian communication media,” saying “this victory is also yours.” Globovisión, among others, reported that the Colombian Defense Minister, Juan Manuel Santos, described the Colombian military operation in the following terms: “It was a rescue out of the movies.” Leopoldo Castillo, the television anchor for Aló Ciudadano (Hello Citizen), also belonging to Globovisión, pronounced: “It was a movie worthy of Oliver Stone. The last one was not a winner at the box office. This one is.” Thursday afternoon, Juan Manuel Santos explained that the preparations for the military operation included the construction of a set similar to those in Hollywood, to practice the military exercises beforehand. The interview was given to CNN.

The snake bites its tail.

The circle closes.

Too round, too perfect, coming from a country as “irregular” as Colombia.

It would seem as if Juan Manuel Santos is sending a message to the Hollywood studios: “Now that you’re threatened with a strike, keep in mind that here in Colombia we have a surplus of actors.”

Meanwhile, Yidis-politica isn’t being sold, nor is paramilitary politics. There’s no more talk of bribes thanks to which a constitutional reform was made possible which allowed the re-election of Álvaro Uribe. Even Ingrid Betancourt celebrated Uribe’s re-election.

Yidis Medina, on the other hand, will be on sale, having taken off her clothes for Soho magazine. An infamous and repugnant montage of the nonexistent edition of the magazine will continue to circulate on the web, as part of the political lynching of Piedad Córdoba. And in the streets of Bogotá, Chávez voodoo dolls, complete with pins, will continue being sold.

There are those of us who suspect that the real “perfection” in this entire affair resides in the “master class” of propaganda and silencing that the Colombian oligarchy and the transnational news media continue to send our way.

It’s time to sabotage the class.

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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