CNN International | 12/22/2010 12:00:00 AM
Colombian military's new weapon against rebels: Christmas trees
December 22--This holiday season, the Colombian military is trying a unique angle to get guerrillas to lay down their arms: It is creating Christmas trees deep in the jungle in hopes the holiday spirit will tug the rebels back home.
Two units in two Blackhawk helicopters dropped in on a supply path that the guerrillas are known to use and picked a 25-meter (82-foot) tree to decorate with sparkling blue lights.
A commercial made by the military shows the soldiers, dressed in camouflage uniforms and face paint, wrapping 2,000 lights around the branches and trunk.
The tree was rigged with a motion sensor that will turn the lights on when someone walks by. A banner next to it says, "If Christmas can come to the jungle, you too can come home. Demobilize. At Christmas, everything is possible."
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