Mogadishu! Heroism and Tragedy

Mogadishu! Heroism and Tragedy

Mogadishu! Heroism and Tragedy

Mogadishu! Heroism and Tragedy


Among America's clearest memories of ongoing conflict in Somalia will certainly be the swollen, bloodied face of helicopter pilot Michael Durant, displayed on international television news reports after his capture in Mogadishu on October 3, 1993. While the failed mission leading to Durant's imprisonment captured the rage and anguish of the world, few Americans truly understood how many U.S. Army Ranger compatriots shared Durant's fortitude and courage there. Indeed, Durant was only one member of the elite Task Force Ranger Regiment deployed to apprehend Mohammed Farrah Aidid - Somalia's most powerful warlord - on that fateful October day. Here is the little-known story of the 15 fierce, deadly hours of fighting that followed the Americans' tightly calibrated attempt to target Aidid. Moment by moment, Mogadishu! recounts how this mission, intended to deflate the heart of Somali resistance, became instead a tragic showcase for the heroism and breathtaking self-sacrifice of American servicemen - and the catalyst for U.S. withdrawal of peacekeeping troops.


By Ross Perot

Every American should read this book in order to gain a clear insight about military combat and war.

It is important for every American to understand that—

• Peace-keeping missions can suddenly turn into all-out war, even if only for a short period of time.

• Our troops, our sons and daughters, can get killed and wounded, just as if they were involved in a large-scale war.

• Death is just as final in Mogadishu as it was in World War II.

• the sacrifices demanded of families are just as intense. Children must grow up without a parent. the surviving parent must bear the pain of losing a loved one, and assume the responsibility of rearing the children alone.


• These missions demand the same level of patriotism and heroism as Americans showed on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, even though we tend to think of them as tiny wars.

• Read about these magnificent men who risked and gave their lives in broad daylight to save their comrades. They are classic examples that, “Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for a friend.”

Television reporting of war has turned it into a spectator event that can be confused with athletic contests. Peace-keeping missions, when they become war, exact a terrible price.

When our nation sends our sons and daughters into combat, we must have a clearly defined mission. the mission must be so important that you or I would send our own sons and daughters to fight and die for it.

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