Oliver Stone’s Mission

Oliver Stone is in the Colombian city of Villavicencio this weekend as part of a mission to retrieve three hostages held for years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the AP reports.

FARC is classified as a terrorist organization by the United States.

“I have no illusions about the FARC, but it looks like they are a peasant army fighting for a decent living,” Stone said in an interview with The Associated Press at his hotel bar. “And here, if you fight, you fight to win.”

Stone and an international delegation planned to fly to the country’s eastern jungles to retrieve the captives: former congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez, Clara Rojas and her young son Emmanuel, who was fathered by one of her guerrilla captors.

“No, I’m not worried,” Stone told the AP. “The FARC knows there would be universal condemnation if they did that.”

The mission is led by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whom Stone called “a great man.”

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