QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's president said Monday that his government was in "very advanced" talks with Colombian rebels to free 12 hostages, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. contractors, but was thwarted by a military raid.
President Rafael Correa said a Colombian strike on Ecuadorean soil Saturday that killed rebel leader Raul Reyes and 19 other rebels spoiled the plan to free the hostages held by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
RLCC: The timing by the Colombians says that they didn't want success in freeing hostages. They wanted to rev up tensions. They are being pushed by the Bush administration to cause trouble so that the U.S. can eventually overthrow all the more egalitarian governments in Latin America to steal the natural resources and monopolize the whole market.
They don't give a damn about the common people, and they'll gladly sacrifice the hostages for mammon.
from on March 3, 2008, 8:22pm