Friday, July 04, 2008

The Silence of the New Left

One thing that I noticed in the aftermath of the liberation of Ingrid Betancourt and the other hostages who were held by the FARC terrorists ( rebels, freedom fighters, whatever ) is the silence in the circles of what is often called the New ( i.e. anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-globalization etc. ) Left. At the most we see and hear lukewarm congratulations for Mrs Betancourt, but often the anti-American Left in Europe and elsewhere appears to do its best to ignore the issue. The ultimate South-American hero of the New Left ( and staunch ally of Iran ), Hugo Chavez, did not play any active/positive role of significance in the liberation of these hostages. Au contraire, that liberation is considered to be a setback for him. It has become clear that he even has supported the FARC terrorists actively. Earlier this year Chavez was labeled Mrs Betancourt's best hope, by her husband, whom I haven't seen yet after she became a free woman again ( has she also been reunited with him, or only with her mother and children? ). In the past - and probably in the present as well, we should not be naive - Israel and the US have been involved in supporting shady and downright criminal governments and regimes, but in the case of this rescue operation high-level, private and semi-official representatives of both countries played a vital and very positive role, on the side of the good - or definitely the better - guys. Maybe that is another reason why you will hear few New Leftists celebrate Mrs Betancourt's rewon freedom.

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