There's A Man With A Gun Over There

There's A Man With A Gun Over There

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There's a Man with a Gun Over There is an autobiographical novel based on R.M. Ryan's military experiences. An antiwar activist while in graduate school, he received a draft notice after the Tet offensive in 1968. Not interested in killing or being killed in Vietnam, he considered moving to Canada to avoid conscription. Before fleeing north, however, he met with an army recruiter, who promised him a place in a German Language Class at the Defense Language School in Monterey, California. Unfortunately, the army's pledge to Ryan terminated when he graduated as a translator and he was sent to Military Police School. This would keep him physically out of harm's way but cause severe and unexpected emotional consequences. He ended up collaborating with former Nazis while policing American soldiers for mostly minor law-breaking, which violently escalated when he attempted to arrest a black American sergeant for black-marketing cigarettes. About his book Ryan offers this: qAll of us men with guns were pretty scary. My MP boss in Germany led a platoon of Military Policemen guarding the Pentagon. His men were the ones with the guns the hippie girls put flowers in. What may be even scarier is the realization that most of the people who come through the American military are trained killers. These people are your neighbors. They're your relatives. I always enjoy telling war supporters this - especially those with sons in the military. We need to face up to what we're doing, both to peasants in the Third World and to our own children.Ita#39;s too late to fill out Form 150. Once you get SSS Form 223, ita#39;s a whole new ball game. That changes everything. You had your ... The doctor hits the inkpad and then raises it up a little for dramatic effect. Whap, he hits Form 88.1A, Baby Blue, anbsp;...

Title:There's A Man With A Gun Over There
Author:R. M. Ryan
Publisher:The Permanent Press - 2015-03-15


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