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Typical biased, political agenda
on 23 November 2004
When George Alegiah began his story with a thinly veiled justification for the Tamil Tigers terrorist group, I should have put this book down. I'm sorry I didn't.
Mixed in with some genuinely good prose is a poorly hidden agenda that mars the entire account. I wanted to read about Africa. George wanted to write about America . . . using Africa as his medium.
By the time his narrative reaches Somalia, the professional reporter, who knows every name and statistic, begins the insalubrious work of mud slinging. Individuals disappear and it's a group that bears the blame for everything. Which group? I think you already know.
'The Americans' are stupid, ignorant, foolish, brutish, barbaric and murderous. As an American, I'm lumped into that group too, of course. Osama would approve. It must vex George and his ilk to wonder how such a group of imbeciles rose to such power and prominence in the world today.
I will admit to not finishing this book. His agenda exposed, his bias obvious, George's entire work came into question. Too bad. I had such high hopes for this book. What a disappointment.