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Rules of Engagement: a Life in Conflict (edició 2006)

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From the moment Tim Collins's speech to his men in Iraq was made public, this soldier-thinker became a hero and an inspiration to world leaders and infantrymen alike. To a public suspicious about the motives for war, he offered some explanation for it and inspired a mood of optimism and humanity that has since been sadly lost. And yet, only two months later Collins was pilloried by two national newspapers and accused of war crimes. But this is only part of his story. From taking command of 1 Royal Irish in the aftermath of the Sierra Leone hostage crisis to combating the Loyalist murder gangs in East Tyrone, Rules of Engagement is a powerful memoir that offers a frank and compelling insight into the realities of warfare and a life lived on the frontline.… (més)
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Títol:Rules of Engagement: a Life in Conflict
Autors:Tim Collins (Autor)
Informació:Headline Review (2006), Edition: First Edition, 512 pages
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One of the better Iraq books ( )
  armysparkey | Apr 12, 2007 |
The last chapter alone is well worth a read as Col. Collins sums up his view on the conflict in Iraq.
The Royal Irish's time spent in Northern Ireland seems to have stood it in good stead for their time in Iraq e.g. the ability to sense trouble almost "in the air", how quickly an apparently mundane scene such as a crowded marketplace can turn into something much more unpleasamt and how not to unduly aggravate and/or alienate the local people whilst attempting to encourage the various factions to co-operate and bring about at least a semblance of law & order.
Reading this book now while the debate continues as to whether or not Iraq is undergoing a "civil" war, the role of the Fedayeen seems to be rarely mentioned in contemporary reports. It is clear from the book that the Fedayeen had been well prepared prior to the invasion of Iraq for waging a guerrilla war. It's doubtful that the Fedayeen have disbanded or have disappeared yet they are rarely mentioned, the media being far more interested in "insurrectionists" from abroad. Not that the book ignores either the sunni vs shia tensions or the jihaadi element. The author recounts a scene where the tanks of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were unsuccesfully attacked by suicidal foreign fighters during the early days of the invasion.
One thing certainly seems to be clear and that is the wholesale failure of the politicians to have contingency plans for the immediate aftermath of the invasion. ( )
  syllabub | Oct 29, 2006 |
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From the moment Tim Collins's speech to his men in Iraq was made public, this soldier-thinker became a hero and an inspiration to world leaders and infantrymen alike. To a public suspicious about the motives for war, he offered some explanation for it and inspired a mood of optimism and humanity that has since been sadly lost. And yet, only two months later Collins was pilloried by two national newspapers and accused of war crimes. But this is only part of his story. From taking command of 1 Royal Irish in the aftermath of the Sierra Leone hostage crisis to combating the Loyalist murder gangs in East Tyrone, Rules of Engagement is a powerful memoir that offers a frank and compelling insight into the realities of warfare and a life lived on the frontline.

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