[October 11, 2021] The failure of the United States’ retreat from Afghanistan is an epic disaster, the fallout we will face for many decades. Our television generals and admirals are pontificating from their climate-controlled armchairs and telling us that America’s longest war was unwinnable, immoral, and made the world less safe. All that Flag Officer preaching is a bunch of hogwash. If you got common sense, then you know better. If you can’t figure out these television generals are lying to you, then I feel sorry for you; please go get a “woke” Coke Cola from your fridge and watch Saturday morning cartoons. Watching these will do you a lot more good than actually thinking. This is why the book I will highlight today brings into focus and through detail, the brutality of war. In this case, a book by Danny Bryant, a Special Forces soldier who writes about one of the darkest times in Central America, the El Salvador Civil War and the part the United States played in helping destroy one of the worst, most evil socialist terror organizations ever to mar the face of our world.
Vengeance Walking: The Lake of Ten Thousand Souls, Danny Bryant, 2001.
This is a powerful book. Danny Bryant gives us a “fictional” story – based on real events – in the Central American country of El Salvador. During the country’s civil war from late 1970 to early 1990, the war was fought between a leftist terror group, the FMLN, and the U.S.-supported Salvadoran army. The book is a brutal adventure into the workings of our U.S. Army Green Berets, the Salvadoran military, and one of the most evil Marxist, socialist insurgent groups ever to walk the earth. What I liked about the book is that Danny makes us feel as if we are part of his Green Beret team as they find and destroy those who would do great harm to innocents.
This is a rollercoaster story, as we follow Danny’s team as they move to their final confrontation with the FMLN. We get to read, up close and personal, about the torture and brutality of the FMLN and get to know what evil truly looks like. Danny goes into great detail as he paints a picture of various characters as they discover each other and those who live in the jungles of El Salvador. This is a hard-hitting read that is vivid and tells the story without prejudice. You won’t find any sugarcoating of the war.
This book is recommended.
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