Friday, June 6, 2008

Tagged - The Book excerpt

I almost forgot - I was tagged by Muscato a couple of days ago. Hey, why not? I'll play. (although I fear the result may not meet Muscato's unrealistically high expectations...)

The task:
# Pick up the nearest book.
# Open to page 123.
# Locate the fifth sentence.
# Post the next three sentences on your blog and in so doing...
# Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged me.

The book to hand was 'Blackwater - The rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army', by Jeremy Scahill. Its a pretty random sample, but the book is very interesting if you have a penchant for the global military industrial complex...

Young assumed a position on the roof and readied his heavy M249 Squad Automatic weapon. He peered through the scope of his gun, watching the action unfold below and awaiting orders. 'After what seemed like an eternity, which was maybe just a few seconds, I could see people getting out of [a] truck and start running', Young recalled.

There you go. The scene is Iraq, and Cpl. Young proceeds to act under the effective command of Blackwater, even though he was in the US marines.

I'll tag:
Leo Americanus, Per your request, Al-Maawali, Muscati (come on Muscati, we miss your posts) and Amjad.


  1. Very good! The results were varied, from this to a snippet from a novel by Joan Blondell. Yours was, not surprisingly, certainly the most timely.

    So - no good goss lately?

  2. Nothing I can print yet.... getting verification is always a problem, and one source isn't enough with some stories...


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