I have had a life so action packed it is hard to believe. At one stage when I was being tested for short term memory loss, I was just chatting to the nurse about my life. She and the doctor then decided I was delusional and needed to be locked up. Luckily my GP convinced them I was sane so I am still a free man today.
In the words of Dylan Thomas,
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
I rage against ASIO, who used me while it suited their purposes and dropped me like a hot potato when the CIA tried to take over. All too often I hear in the news about Australian businessmen caught "spying" in China. Each snippet makes me wonder how many innocents were convinced to do their patriotic duty - and were left holding the baby when things didn't go as planned.
I want to warn people to think twice about getting involved in seemingly harmless things in the name of patriotism. It could cost you, as it did me, your wife and your house. For some, I suspect it has cost something even more precious - freedom.
Given the places I have lived and worked, perhaps it is no surprise that trouble has always found me easily. In some of the most dangerous (Ireland during the “Troubles”), challenging (China opening to foreign trade) and corrupt (Manila under Marcos) places in the world, a good man often becomes a target. Over and over I have proved myself not to be the bad guy people seem to want me to be.