Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Write a letter or e-mail to bring the hostages home safely:
In light of the FARC’s proven willingness to execute hostages during rescue attempts, the only guarantee of a safe return for the men would be through a diplomatic solution. Colombia is the third largest aid recipient of the U.S., receiving more than one billion dollars over the last three years. Obviously, the U.S. government is concerned about the situation in Colombia and the civil war there that has plagued the country for four decades. Not only are these three Americans being held, but hundreds of Colombians are in the same situation of being held hostage by the FARC. The U.S. government maintains that it will not negotiate with the FARC, whom it regards as a terrorist group. It seems that as long as the U.S. government ignores the plight of Keith Stansell, Thomas Howes and Marc Gonsalves, they will continue to rot in the jungle. These men and their families deserve better from their country.
I urge you to:
· Demand that the U.S. government design and implement a plan which will return the hostages safely
Encourage legislation that will protect Americans working
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· Recognize that the term “negotiation” is not “synonymous” with concession, and that dialogues must remain open
· Actively encourage the Colombian government to design a non-violent plan to solve the kidnapping crisis in their country
Addresses for Letter Writing Campaign to free the Hostages:
Vice President Richard
Mr. Colin Powell
Mr. William Wood
U. S. SENATORS
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
We also encourage you to submit your thoughts to the opinion editors of your local or regional newspapers to bring attention to this case.