Ingrid Betancourt’s rescue: An American happy ending?

Are we all watching a very well orchestrated “American happy ending”? I’m referring to Ingrid Betancourt’s (Wikipedia link) release from the hands of the FARC.

As I’m listening to satellite televisions in 5 languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German), I’m getting a rather “weird” feeling in the stomach that there’s more to what we’re seeing on Italian mainstream medias. Were the Americans involved? Was a 20M$ ransom paid out?

It goes nearly unreported that Ingrid is one of 15 persons freed. There were also 3 U.S. Defense Department contract workers — Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell, which had been kidnapped when their aircraft crashed on a counter-narcotics mission in 2003. The other 11 prisoners were Columbian police officers and soldiers.

Newsworthy (CNN link) is the fact that John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, was in Colombia on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a three-day Latin American trip. He was told of the raid the night before by Colombia’s president Uribe when they met, but still everybody keeps saying that his visit had “nothing to do with the rescue”. Read what some bloggers write about this on Voices without votes. On the other hand, it appears that Barak Obama wasn’t informed beforehand of the rescue mission. Hummm…

Stay tuned… or better yet, stay connected as the truth will emerge sooner or later… but with the help of web tools, it will surely be sooner!

While waiting, why not have a look at what some bloggers are saying as reported in Carlos Raúl van der Weyden Velásquez’ article published on Global Voices on Line, where you can read the original post written in Spanish, along with translations into several other languages done courtesy of the Lingua project.

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