The last stage

Colombia’s defense ministry released a video (apparently already if lightly edited, altogether less than four minutes long) of the last stage of the daring rescue last week. The video is here; the NY Times article setting the context (including vigorous official denial that a $20 million ransom was paid) is here.

At one point, Ingrid Betancourt can be seen “staring despondently” at the ground, just before boarding the chopper. I note that she is wearing boots, and carrying a backpack (presumably containing her personal effects). These are courtesies we cannot even begin to expect from the Abu Sayyaf.  


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