Read time: 1 minute

Weekend Gallimaufry - An Interview With Ingrid Betancourt - 2008

(Ingrid Betancourt - six years as hostage is eternity no matter how you slice it) [media id=12621] An interview tonight with former hostage Ingrid


(Ingrid Betancourt - six years as hostage is eternity no matter how you slice it)


An interview tonight with former hostage Ingrid Betancourt, conducted by the BBC's Alan Johnston, himself a former hostage, held by Islamic extremists in Gaza. Betancourt, you will probably remember was the French-Colombian politician and Senator who was captured and held hostage for six years by the Colombian rebel organization FARC. It was done a short time after her release and broadcast in December of 2008 over the BBC World Service. Betancourt captured the worlds attention from 2002 until her release, withstanding six years as a hostage and a relentlessly uncertain fate.

Ingrid Betancourt (on the experience of 6 years as hostage): “You have to go through it to understand. Because, you . . in the civil world, in the outside, the free world you can have problems but you always have a choice. And you always, I mean even though you could be mistreated or humiliated or whatever, you can just find another space. Here you are submitted to the will of others, to the arbitrary, to the cruelty of human beings and you don’t have a choice.”

Further evidence the human spirit can be remarkably strong.

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $21 for 2021? Please consider a one-time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team