was hoping for more of a history and less of a diatribe. dust cover says it's a first book by this author. I won't be looking for a second
If you liked Smilla's Sense of Snow you will find this haunting and compelling novel another in the same genre. This mystery is experienced from many points of view, not the least being the harsh but beautiful Nordic landscape. A limpid translation of a work from one of Sweden's most prominent novelists.
Students of medieval history will find Blackwater, now called XE and in Canada the Pm's security detail called: 'Intelligent Solutions'. Christians at war with the world.. One can see the creator of this mercenary army, Erik Prince's name throughout politics and business - A 'Prince' financed Jean Chretians campaigns, a Prince is head of Citi Bank, and a Prince supplies PM Harper with security. A far right Christian evangelical army, whose history betrays a medieval attitude towards killing, torture, etc. Thugs with guns, immune from prosecution. An easy, unsettling read; but one that illustrates how ridiculous and useless, newsmedia of the paper or TV variety really is, we never really learn what really happening. In medieval Europe these types of groups led to the Free Companies and subsequent slaughter of citizens. Now the slaughter is directed, but when does it change. Makes one wonder about the Long Gun Registry, who would want their name known if this pans out as history seems to show.Time marches backwards it seems. Other related books: Coporate Warriors, by singer. Blood Money,miller; Torture Taxi; Ghost Wars, Coll. A must read for anyone wanting to realize how little we affect and how much the religious right is perverting the whole concept of Christianity....no dif' from the Islamists, or the Israeli's it seems..
This book is IMPORTANT. It's almost 500 pages but it's well worth your time and effort. I actually recommend buying the book so you can underline sentences and write comments in the margins.
I suspect most people reading this already know about Blackwater. This book explains how Blackwater came to exist, how it functions, who it serves and I have to say it's damn scary.
This private army came about because of a "perfect storm" of situations. The volunteer military was having problems recruiting enough people for GW's adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan so hiring private "contractors" was tempting. Plus the international community wasn't very enthusiastic in supporting America's wars and so that caused a staffing deficit as well. Plus our country became increasingly anti-war and the President saw the advantage of having private companies carry out missions that the public would no longer support.
Sadly the private security companies such as Blackwater have spread their wings throughout the world and we all should worry about it. If they wanted to, they might be able to take over the world. I know that sounds like science fiction but I am not kidding.
Talk about this book with your friends and family. Write the Secretary of State, the Secretary of War, and President Obama and urge them to figure out how to get out from under this addiction to private armies of mercenaries. Hurry.
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