Thursday, August 23, 2012

Captain Robert Semrau: The Taleban Don't Wave

I last wrote about Captain Semrau back in February 2011, when he was dismissed from the Canadian Military.

Now comes word that Captain Semrau has written a book: The Taliban Don't Wave

The CBC is reporting:

Canadian soldier writes of stoned Afghan fighters

Accused of 'mercy killing' Taliban fighter, author was convicted of lesser charge

Posted: Aug 22, 2012


The day he was alleged to have killed a wounded, unarmed Taliban fighter, Capt. Robert Semrau watched in dismay as stoned Afghan soldiers passed around "King Kong" marijuana joints and carried their rifles like baseball bats.

The former Canadian infantry officer, who was at the centre of a national debate over mercy killing in war, has broken his silence in a book that paints a stark, searing portrait of the chaos in the Afghan war.


Throughout his trial for second-degree murder and in the aftermath of his dismissal from the military, Semrau has been silent about what happened on Oct. 19, 2008, following a horrific firefight.

And anyone looking for a tabloid-type revelation, an explanation — or even contrition — in his book, The Taliban Don't Wave, will be disappointed....

CBC has more, and it tells of a book that is important reading in the current quagmire that is Afghanistan.

Go read the rest of the article here.

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