After six years in FARC captivity deep in Colombia’s jungle, Ingrid Betancourt is over revolution and ready for cake.
From the NPR story on All Things Considered:
Betancourt says her time in captivity dispelled any romantic illusions she had about the FARC and their mission. “I am of a generation where we like Che Guevara, you know, the very romantic kind of revolution thing,” she says. “And in a way, I thought that the FARC was kind of a romantic rebellion against a system that… I didn’t like either.”
In the course of human events men are indeed occasionally required to overthrow the system in place. History books and legal lit are all written by a revolution’s victors. Yet the majority of revolution is this Che bloody hell, guerillas and lawlessness and theft.
Ingrid Betancout went through hell. I can’t begin to conceive of what she must have felt these six years. But she spent her career supporting structures that permit guerillas like her captors to exist.
Betancourt was right: FARC is exactly like Che Guevara’s revolution. As long as people hold on to the notion that these revolutionaries are “romantic,” many, many more people will suffer the same hell that befell Ms. Betancourt.
Che Guevara was a mass murderer. Killing in the name of ideology is not above the law.