Barrel of a Gun

Barrel of a Gun

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OC Anybody who says that the pen is mightier than the sword hasnOCOt spent time in Somalia, or in Beirut during its bloody heyday.OCO So begins this fascinating memoir of a journalist, filmmaker, and just plain raconteur who has made a career of examining warfareOCoon the ground and as the bullets are flying. While the average citizen is aware of violent conflicts broiling all around the globe, Al J. VenterOCofrom some strange compulsion unexplainable even by himOCohas felt the need to see them all in person, preferably at the center of the action.Born in South Africa, Venter has found no shortage of horrific battles on his own continent, from Rhodesia to Biafra, and Angola to Somalia. He has ridden with the legendary merc group Executive Outcomes, jumped into combat with South AfricaOCOs crack Parachute Regiment (the Parabats), and traipsed the jungles with both guerrillas and national troops under whichever strongman in the country then held power. During Sierra LeoneOCOs civil war he flew in the governmentOCOs lone Mi-24 Hind gunship as it blasted apart rebel villages and convoys, his complaint being that the Soviet-made craft leaked when it rained.In the Mideast he went into southern Lebanon with the invading Israeli army as it encountered resistance from multiple Muslim groups, including the newly formed Hezbollah. Curious about the other side of the hill, he joined up with General AounOCOs Christian militias while that conflict was at its height. Touching down in Croatia during the Balkan wars, and in Congo during their perpetual one, as well as the Uganda of Idi Amin, Venter never lost his lust for action, even as he sometimes had to put down his camera or notebook to pick up an AK-47.In his journeys, Venter associated with an array of similarly daring soldiers and journalists, from OC Mad MikeOCO Hoare to Danny Pearl, as well as elite soldiers from around the world, many of whom, he sadly relates, never emerged from the war zones they entered. The creator of countless documentaries and books, from warfare to shark diving to nuclear proliferation, Al Venter has here offered the reader his own personal combat experiences, in all their multi-faceted fascination.http: // al-venteracatid=1Partly financed by the American DEA programme, the South African Police do not have either the manpower or the helicopters to keep ... Many of the choppers in service with the SAPS Air Wing were originally acquired with subsidies from the UN Drug Agency, as well as ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which for quite a few years has been involved in training South African drug eradication teams.

Title:Barrel of a Gun
Author: Al J. Venter
Publisher:Casemate Publishers - 2014-05-14

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