One Woman Stands Out In Hostage Situation

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt, center, kisses the hands of her daughter Melanie, left, and son Lorenzo upon her children's arrival from France to a military base in Bogota, Thursday, July 3, 2008. Betancourt, three U.S.military contractors and 11 other hostages were rescued by the Colombian military from rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, on Wednesday. Betancourt was abducted by the FARC when running for president in Feb. 2002. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

It was something out of a movie. In fact, one of the observers in Colombia said he thought only the Israelis could pull off something so daring, so brilliant.

FARC, the vicious guerrilla group that was duped, lost their most prized prisoners - three American military contractors, who had been held for more than five years, and Ingrid Betancourt. Some of the American families had been so frustrated by the ordeal of their loved ones that they publicly protested the lack of progress toward their release.

I'd guess the Americans have little desire to go back soon.

That's not the case with Betancourt, the daughter of a Colombian diplomat, who was raised and educated in Paris.

She wrote a memoir about her beloved Colombia titled "Until Death Do Us Part." She was a candidate for president in Colombia when she went into a so-called demilitarized zone without bodyguards to negotiate with FARC.

Held captive ever since, upon her released when asked if she still wanted to be president, she said yes.
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