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By Erik Prince, Davin Coburn

Afterword by means of Max Boot.

Founder and previous president of Blackwater, the non-public contractor that supplied defense in Iraq and Afghanistan defends himself from the various accusations that his association used to be trigger-happy and bilked the yankee taxpayer.

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Back in the early eighteenth century the Neapolitan philosopher Giambattista Vico was the first writer to show Achilles and his fellow warriors in a much less flattering light than they had been seen in by Chapman’s generation. Homer’s heroes, he reminded his readers, lived an absurdly simple life. Achilles cooked his own meals. And he was often unheroic, railing like a fish wife at Agamemnon, or weeping like a child at the death of his friend. 29 Vico explained away these contradictions – or what his own age found puzzling because distinctly unheroic – by the fact that the heroes were primitives who had only recently climbed out of the mire.

And there is no joy, just an emptiness that mirrors an empty battlefield: not ‘a field of honour’ so much as an empty landscape devoid of any of the contours that would have been familiar to Homer. Many of Swofford’s fellow Marines even when playing football in the desert were forced to wear their gas masks and protective chemical suits. Some even invested in non-standard-issue Depend diapers because their instructors had told them that as many as 25 per cent of them could be expected to lose control of their bowels under fire; they were also a regrettable necessity when wearing protective suits for hours at a time.

Even in a time of peace, he admits to having to hide from his peers his desire to enlist in the Corps. ’ Once in the Corps he found that the social stigma attached to a heroic death still pursued him. This was vividly elucidated in a letter from his father, an army veteran himself, which he received in Kuwait during the build-up to Desert Storm: ‘my father’s recent letter urging me not to be a hero. ’24 Much to his disgust he was soon to find that the post-modern battlefield no longer offered much opportunity for heroism.

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