A few weeks back, Colombian spies fooled a terrorist drug cartel into releasing kidnapped presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors. Miraculously, no one was injured.
But was it really a miracle or was it just unfair?
CNN's Web site points out that Columbian intelligence duped these guerrillas by having rescuers wear Red Cross emblems during their mission. And, CNN reports that doing so is a war crime under the Geneva Convention — a violation that could risk Red Cross workers in the future.
Sure, kidnapping and then brutally abusing innocent people over the course of many years isn't right. But so is lying.
Seriously, how do you think the kidnappers felt when they found out those folks weren't the Red Cross and that they only wanted to steal their hostages. Even worse, some rescuers wore Che Guevara shirts, perhaps to fool these kidnappers into accepting them as compadres or at least record store clerks.
The amount of damage inflicted on their self esteem, caused by this trickery, is too hard to imagine.
Personally, I think the U.S. has only one response: Return the hostages to their rightful owner. That's why I'm asking President Bush to gather them up, get them on a plane and send them back to the jungle, pronto.
To quote Wilford Brimley: "It's the right thing to do."
And if you disagree with me, then you sir are worse than Hitler.