(Play video here. Choose “Operación Jaque – Imágenes del rescate de Ingrid Betancourt.”)
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Ylich Carvajal Centeno – Aporrea
The video of Operation Check, distributed worldwide by the “glorious” Colombian Army, shows the seams and clumsy patching stitches of Álvaro Uribe and his gray shadow, the Defense Minister “Santos” and a senior military officer, which conforms with winning a war through television screens while dozens of real soldiers lose their limbs, if not their lives in an absurd and fratricidal war in the mountains and jungles of Colombia.
If the video is analyzed in detail, frame by frame, more precise conclusions can surely be extracted, but the first one that jumps into view are the “handcuffs” that they placed on Ingrid Betancourt and the rest of the supposed “rescuees.”
First of all, we’ve seen these kinds of “handcuffs” before: white plastic ties that are wound around the wrists with a kind of rivet, on the hands of Iraqi citizens arrested by the occupying forces in their country, those of the United States and the so-called United Kingdom.
We’ve also seen them in the terrible pictures of prisoners in the torture camps set up by the government of George W. Bush in various parts of the world, to kidnap Taliban members or simply Muslims, and I say kidnap, because everyone on the planet knows that they are illegally and illegitimately deprived of their freedom by a government that set itself up as the world’s “policeman.”
If the FARC handcuffed their hostages because they were going to take them to a meeting and supposed that they were still hostages, why didn’t they use iron handcuffs such as those used to chain dogs – that everyone knows the guerrillas always use to detain their “prisoners”?
Who is the person who put on the handcuffs? More than a guerrilla, who should be dressed in green or black, she appears to be a woman dressed in white and beige, like other members of the “international commission” that supposedly “rescued” Betancourt and the other 14 hostages.
At the moment when they board the helicopter, a person can be seen, this time it appears to be a man, who carries a white packet in his hands, which appears to be the handcuffs.
This simple detail, the use of gringo plastic handcuffs, in place of iron chains, is something I believe should not be overlooked. One would need to look at the video put out by the same Colombian armed forces with certain technical resources that would allow, for examle, a frame by frame examination, in order to specify which person actually put the handcuffs on the “rescuees.”
This “tiny detail,” moreover, is not insignificant if we consider that the same General Mario Montoya, Army Commander, showed “the chains” on television, read it well, “chains” and not the gringo’s plastic handcuffs, with which Ingrid Betancourt and the other hostages were tied.
There are other “details” in the Operation Check video that put it in the category of fairy tales with which Uribe, his favorite “Santo” and senior Colombian military officer want to hypnotize us.
For example, the lieutenant that speaks directly at the camera says, “I’ve been chained for 10 years.” “I’ve been,” if the little I learned of grammar in school hasn’t failed me, is past tense. A guy who feels free or who knew freedom and didn’t understand why they were putting these gringo plastic handcuffs on, says “I’ve been.”
The poor lieutenant didn’t understand that now he was “kidnapped” by his own government and his own senior military officer, and it was necessary to handcuff him to give realism to the tele-theatre being filmed.
Note how everyone’s protests are directed at the plastic handcuffs, some showing their gestures of disapproval, anger or annoyance to the camera.
Another “tiny detail.” In the video, Ingrid Betancourt comes out dressed in a military hat and a military vest which we saw her wearing at the military base in Bogotá once “rescued,” but she carries a flannel and different trousers. Who actually gave her the hat and military vest? The guerrillas or her “rescuers”? When and where did she change clothes?
Like all women, she cares about her image, and being a bit of a coquette, said that the day that they “rescued” here, the jeans she was wearing were new, that she’d put them on for a meeting with an important international commission that was to visit them in the jungle.
But in the video of Operation Check, it is completely clear that when she boarded the helicopter, supposedly convinced that she was going to a meeting with an international commission, she’d not put on the new jeans that she wore in front of the cameras, but rather, some androgynous beige trousers.
Vanity of vanities! Blessed vanity!
I invite everyone to look again and again at the video of Operation Check, which can be found on YouTube, to analyze the video in detail, and surely you’ll find other “tiny details” and bit by bit the truth will emerge.
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