2016 - present: Somalia - Country Manager, Private Security Firm
2015 - 2016: Somalia - Security Manager, Private Security Firm
2003 - 2012: Iraq, Haiti, Libya, Private Security Contractor
1994 - 1999: French Foreign Legion: (6eme Reg. L'Ardoise)
'Editor', The Baghdad Bugle - Monthly newsletter focusing on Africa & The Middle East.
Bachelor of Nursing
Why did you inflict your writing on the unsuspecting public?
Because they deserve a different perspective of what happened in Iraq specifically and in conflict zones in general, particularly when their tax and donation dollars are paying for it.
Can you actually write, i.e. should people really spend their time reading your material?
Yes and No. There are passages that have made people laugh out loud. There are passages that people bring up in a completely unrelated conversation (it is obvious they have been 'stewing' over it). And there are passages that have caused some people to simply stop talking to me. My original concern was that my writing was as dull as dishwater. It obviously cuts some people quite close to the bone, however. From a completely biased, wholly subjective point of view, there are passages and chapters that I would consider well written. Whether the book overall is well written I have absolutely no idea and consider that for others to judge. 'Mindless Thug Iraq-Haiti-Libya' is not a cleverly constructed novel with perfectly developed characters and an intrinsic plot line. It is more a series of recent historical snapshots that are loosely related with common themes. The baseline perspective is that of a private security contractor who could make no sense of the media reporting of the Iraq War in comparison to the events and people 'outside the wire' in that part of the world. So, in terms of the 'mechanics' of what would typically constitute good writing, then no, I am not a good writer.
An Indonesian General brutally enforces secular law in his overpopulated homeland. To combat crushing poverty and the influence of Islamic extremists, an armada of crossing vessels is sent forth. With extensive strategic assets in Australia, China discretely backs the invasion. A ramshackle civilian insurgency ultimately locks horns with the Indonesian Army on Australian soil.
Events preceding the Second Gulf War. Halabja gas attack. WMD. Iraq 'War'. Private security contracting 2003 to 2012. Current period in Iraq to April 2015.
Haiti, post-earthquake, December 2010 - May 2012
Libya, post revolution and overthrow of Ghaddafi to mid 2012.