“Denard was symbolic of the whole ambiguity of relations between the colonisers and the colonies which had became independent,” said Bertrand Badie, professor of international relations at Sciences Po university in Paris.
“He’s also seen a bit as the inventor of private armies.”
What a shame, eh. I’m sure many tears shall be spilt across Africa tonight.
- No Mean Soldier by Peter McAleese (autobiography of a former British soldier-turned-mercenary, who killed for cash in places like Angola, and who was hired to assassinate Pablo Escobar)
- Private Warriors by Ken Silverstein (covers Pentagon revolving door recruitment policies, the development of the looser network of adventurer-mercenaries into the more businesslike private military contractors)
- The Dogs Of War by Frederick Forsyth (a mercenary-led coup in Africa gets the thriller treatment from affable right-wing former hack turned bestselling potboilerer)
- Inside Story: Dogs Of War (BBC investigation into the shady goings on in the ‘international brigade’ ranks of the right-wing Croatian paramilitary HOS during the Balkans civil war, in which journalist Paul Jenks was killed)
- Shadow Company (a film about the proliferation of PMCs and in particular their use in Iraq)
- The Dogs Of War (Christopher Walken does Christopher Walken in an Al Pacino/Scent Of A Woman way, in the adaptation of the Freddy Forsyth book)
- Le Professionnel (Nouvelle Vague pin-up Jean-Paul Belmondo is a suitably leathery-skinned French intelligence agent who is out for revenge, having been left out to dry in Africa by his bosses for reasons of high politics)
- The Wild Geese (Richard Burton leads a platoon of ageing hams and chunky character actors in an African coup)
- Under Fire (another in the cycle of journalists-caught-in-war films – see also The Year Of Living Dangerously, Salvador, The Killing Fields, Beyond Rangoon etc – this time set in Sandinista-period Nicaragua, and with Ed Harris as a Zeligish American spook-cum-merc)