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I spent some time in Venezuela in 2005 and 2006.  Baseball is religion there.  That's why I was shocked earlier this week when it was reported that Wilson Ramos, a Venezuelan national and catcher for the MLB Washington Nationals, had been kidnapped from his home in Venezuela.

This type of high profile kidnapping (generally, for ransom money) occurs frequently in Latin America.  Many times, the resolution is that the family pays the ransom on the hush-hush, with no law enforcement involvement.  Other times, the ordeal doesn't end well, and the kidnapping victim ends up "disappeared", whether or not the ransom is paid.  This time, there's a happy ending:

Wilson Ramos, the 24-year-old Venezuelan catcher for the Washington Nationals, was rescued yesterday in a mountainous area of central Venezuela two days after being kidnapped in front of his family’s home.

Venezuelan commando units located Ramos and rescued him after exchanging gunfire with his captors in a rural area of Carabobo state while arresting five people, Interior and Justice Minister Tarek El-Aissami said. President Hugo Chavez ordered the aerial rescue operation, he said...

It was clear in reports as recently as yesterday that the Venezuelan authorities were all over this kidnapping.  Sure, there was the PR aspect - a high profile, local baseball player was kidnapped at gunpoint - but regardless of the reason, the authorities pulled out all the stops to find and rescue Ramos.

I'm happy for him and his family that this scary episode ended well.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    We're resigned to our collective fate because we've been conditioned and brainwashed to believe that this is as good as it gets. It's not.

    by Richard Cranium on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 08:21:56 AM PST

  •  Venezuelan media link (1+ / 0-)
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    From El Mundo.

    We're resigned to our collective fate because we've been conditioned and brainwashed to believe that this is as good as it gets. It's not.

    by Richard Cranium on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 08:43:31 AM PST

  •  Amazing how they pulled (1+ / 0-)
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    out all the stops for this to end well.  Kidnappin in America
    seems to not get the support for a happy ending as it should.  From local to major...people seem numb and uncaring.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 09:11:47 AM PST

  •  amazing since Chavez knew where to look (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, it is great that he has been rescued. it's also pretty clear that Chavez knows these kidnappers and their hide-outs. He decided this one was a bit too much even for him. the love of the Venezuelans for American Baseball is clear on any nite in the country when games are broadcast. i'm glad he had the sense to do the right thing in this case.

    What Fresh Hell is This? -- Dorothy Parker

    by chazz509 on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 01:23:11 PM PST

    •  Old fashioned crime work (1+ / 0-)
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      Why the slander on Chavez?

      In all the videos and news reports from the past few days, it was clear that there was a significant crime forensics team working on the case.

      Chavez knows Colombian kidnappers and their hidey holes??

      Please.

      We're resigned to our collective fate because we've been conditioned and brainwashed to believe that this is as good as it gets. It's not.

      by Richard Cranium on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 02:21:01 PM PST

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      •  we have different opinions on Chavez (0+ / 0-)

        i've been going to Venezuela since 1982. i just have a much different opinion on what Chavez has done to that wonderful country, its warm people and the natural bounty  of resources. good post. thanks, sorry to bother you.

        What Fresh Hell is This? -- Dorothy Parker

        by chazz509 on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 04:29:06 PM PST

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        •  At least you've been there :=) (0+ / 0-)

          ...as have I, unlike most people who hold an opinion (pro or con) about Chavez.

          I share your views about the wonderful country, warm people, and bounty of natural resources.

          We're resigned to our collective fate because we've been conditioned and brainwashed to believe that this is as good as it gets. It's not.

          by Richard Cranium on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 04:45:08 PM PST

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