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Ingrid Betancourt could swing the US Presidential Election

Some of you may be saying: “Is SM crazy? What does one thing have to do with the other?”

Well, the answer to the first question, yes, but not clinically as of yet.

Answer to the second question is: EVERYTHING.

But before that, a little background.

Ingrid Betancourt, is a Colombian senator who was kidnapped by FARC during her historic presidential campaign in February 2002 while in the process of negotiating peace talks with FARC officials near the town of San Vicente De Caguán. FARC is one of the world’s primary terrorist organizations which funds its operations through drug trafficking and money derived from ransoms estimated at $1 Billion a year. Roughly 8,000-15,000 active soldiers are enlisted in the guerilla army, including women and children. The UN condemns FARC for its human rights violations, terrorist activities and for being the largest user of landmines in the world, which Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont campaigned for US aid to treat landmine victims Over 700 hostages are currently held by FARC, targeting journalists, human rights activists, politicians and civilian dissenters. For more info about FARC and narco-terrorism, I highly recommend Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ non-fiction book, “News of a Kidnapping” (Noticias de un secuestro).

Ingrid Betancourt’s mother, Yolanda Pulecio, started a worldwide human rights campaign to gain support for her daughter’s and the hundreds of FARC hostages’ release. Since Ingrid is a Colombian-French dual citizen upon marrying her first husband Fabrice Delloye, Yolanda’s plea reached newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who in 2007, urged Colombian officials to release FARC commander Rodrigo Granda in exchange for Ingrid. Columbian officials released a number of FARC detainees but FARC would not release their star hostage.

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