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An odd hostage drama is playing out in Colombia. We'll start from the beginning.

Three terrorists held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), for crimes against the people of Columbia, will be released to the President of the República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
Note the source of this news, the Guerrilla news network. Wouldn't Che loved to had this 40-50 years ago?

Note one of the terrorists being held was a child whose father is a member of FARC. Sounds pretty absurd, but you haven't heard nothing yet. FARC, aka Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del Pueblo, holds over forty hostages at present, including some Americans. Now for stage II of this news.

A Venezuelan-led mission to free three hostages held by Colombian left-wing Farc rebels has been suspended.

The rebels said the planned release was not possible because of government military operations, according to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

But the Colombian president Alvaro Uribe said no new operations were under way and that the rebels may not be in possession of one of the hostages.

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But President Uribe accused the rebels of lying, and said the boy may actually be in a children's home in the Colombian capital, Bogota.

"The Farc can't keep the promise to free the hostages because they no longer have the child, Emmanuel, in their power," he said.

President Uribe has asked relatives of Ms Rojas for DNA samples to prove that a three-year-old boy in the Colombian capital is really the missing Emmanuel.

As Dr. Taylor asked, 'how did Uribe find out and when?'

This article further seems to confirm the boy isn't in custody.

The Uribe administration said it is hoping to scientifically match DNA from the boy, who is being closely guarded by child protection authorities in Bogota, with samples from the family of Clara Rojas, a kidnapped politician who is believed to have given birth in a rebel camp in 2004. A rebel commander is reportedly the father.

After the government received a tip about the boy's real whereabouts, authorities began to go through the records of about 100 children who had been turned over to child protection services in southern Colombia in 2005. They quickly narrowed their search to three boys and, by Friday, felt that they had located Emmanuel, now bearing a different name.

Santos and the other official said the boy they found had suffered an injury at birth, the same kind of injury that the escaped police officer reported Emmanuel had suffered. The boy had burn marks on one hand, a wound that Emmanuel also had. He also had suffered from jungle maladies, including malaria and leishmaniasis, which are unheard of in this chilly capital 8,000 feet above sea level.

Dr. Taylor said 'The whole thing is most strange.' You haven't heard nothing yet. Here's the last news in this little comedy drama.

BOGOTA, Colombia - The former custodian of a child at the center of a hostage saga says he was threatened by Colombia's largest rebel group to hand over the boy, a move that led him to seek protection from authorities, according to police.

Jose Gomez is helping authorities determine whether a 3-year-old orphan living in Colombia's capital is the same hostage born in captivity that the guerrillas promised to release to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

That mission crumbled earlier this week with the guerrillas charging that Colombian military operations prevented the handover of the boy, named Emmanuel, his mother Clara Rojas and former congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez.

President Alvaro Uribe in turn accused the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, of not turning over the hostages because they possibly didn't have the boy, who is believed to have been fathered by a rebel.

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Gomez claimed to be the boy's great uncle when he turned over the orphan, suffering from malaria and a broken arm, to child welfare agents in 2005. Last month he tried to reclaim the boy, named Juan David Gomez, saying he was his father.

Did FARC want the boy back before turning him over again? Why not release the other two hostages noting the boy is already free? The trouble you have to go through to hold hostages for years(and Farc has some for over a decade) wouldn't appear to be worth the trouble, at least to my way of thinking. Then from the looks of things, FARC is run by Latin America's version of the three stooges. They don't even know someone isn't in their custody.


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Comments (2)

I am an American citizen of... (Below threshold)
David in LA:

I am an American citizen of Colombian descent and all I want to is why is the US putting up with this clown ( Chavez)? The Colombian military should destroy all the gangstres that call themselves FARC with US back up. I think the people of Colombia would be thankful. These criminals are no diffrerent than the gangs that keep poor honest citizens here in the USA terrorized.

Columbia is a wonderful cou... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Columbia is a wonderful country and would be more so if the FARC were put to an end. We have friends from Medellin who tell me that you can travel there now without any problems. Just don't travel the highways outside the city . . . What a change from the pre-Uribe days.

Before I die, I'd like to travel to all of South America--a diamond in the rough.




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