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Monday, July 14, 2008

"'Hard power' liberating"

Krauthammer discusses the Colombian military's rescue of 15 hostages from the terrorist group FARC and contrasts it with Europe's attempts to free them.

Europe asked the terrorists nicely to free the hostages. They asked again. Then they asked especially nicely.

Six years later, the Colombians, with the help of the US, went in and extracted the hostages without a shot being fired.

Teddy Roosevelt said he "talked softly and carried a big stick." Europe just talks softly.

Sometimes the butt end of a rifle against a kidnapper's jaw is the best communication.

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