The FARC narco-terrorists operating in Colombia were dealt a blow by government forces, which raided one of their camps and captured documents and videotapes offering "proof of life" for 16 hostages being held in the deep jungle lair. As we reported earlier, based on the excellent work of Investor's Business Daily which has been covering the case and related matters, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela had been operating as an intermediary in negotiations with FARC, only to be fired by Colombia's President Uribe.
With this raid, Colombia has discovered that the terror group was telling the truth in one respect, that the hostages were still alive, but lying about their condition, which is terribly emaciated, at least in the case of the most prominent of the hostages, Ingrid Betancourt, a politician who was Uribe's opponent in the last election, and who had gone to negotiate with FARC, only to be taken hostage.
Obviously, scum like FARC need to be dealt with forcefully. The talks that Chavez sponsored served only to bolster his domestic image in Venezuela, where he faces vigorous opposition to his proposed changes that would in effect make him dictator for life. FARC cannot be trusted, and those who seek to deal with them as honorable counterparts, like Betancourt, are only asking for trouble.
IBD deserves our thanks for covering and analyzing this situation, which is of far more vital significance to the War on Terror and our national security than the MSM understands. Chavez, via his alliance with Ahmedinejad, narco-terrorists, and Castro, should be a pariah in this Hemisphere. As long as he continues to rule Venezuela and its petro-billions, we have a big problem in our backyard.