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Under the Blue Beret: A U.N. Peacekeeper in the Middle East

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"The fundamental and essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep the peace. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous."
-- Henry Cabot Lodge, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

From the 1950s to the present day, Canadian peacekeepers have been employed as a stabilizing force and an instrument of peace in every corner of the globe.

In this first-hand account, Terry "Stoney" Burke paints a graphic picture of a peacekeeper's life in one of the most tumultuous and dangerous regions of the world. From the war-torn island of Cyprus, through his later missions in Israel, Lebanon, and Syria, we follow him as he weaves an intriguing narrative of life as a Canadian peacekeeper.

Review:

"Burke (Cold War Soldier) takes readers on a multi-sensory peacekeeping tour that will leave them alternately laughing and crying. He narrates his military service as a Canadian U.N. peacekeeper in Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria and Israel, sparing no details, whether it's of the carnage wrought by a Cypriot minefield or a weeks' worth of greasy food at an observation post in southern Lebanon. With candor and more than a touch of self-deprecation, Burke supplies an insider's perspective of U.N. peacekeeping missions. Readers go from the 'Green Line' in Cyprus, complete with a nightly check of his sleeping bag for rodents, snakes, and spiders; back to Canada, where the FLQ Crisis is in full swing; on to Cyprus again, this time to clear minefields; and then back over the Atlantic, before taking on a troubled trio of countries — Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Ornery commanding officers, bookish marines and unassuming sadists make this a colorful tour. Burke's descriptions of the interactions between the peacekeepers are fascinating and give a personal feel to the massive operation that is the U.N. This is a real, humbling, hilarious and poignant memoir by a veteran, giving readers a minute idea of what soldiers sacrifice to promote peace and stability. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From inexperienced soldier to seasoned veteran of nine U.N. missions in Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria, Terry Burke gives us a detailed account of a peacekeeper's life in the ever-turbulent Middle East.

About the Author

Terry "Stoney" Burke joined the Canadian army in 1964 and was posted to Germany with the Royal Canadian Regiment. He has done nine U.N. tours of duty in Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, and Syria, was active in Ottawa-Hull during the FLQ crisis, and is the author of Cold War Soldier. He lives in London, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Cyprus Years

1 Meat for the Sausage Machine

2 Knowing Enough to Be Dangerous

3 Life on the Green Line

4 Returning Home to Chaos

5 The End of a Stalemate

6 The Man in the Tree

7 The Crack and Thump of Christmas

8 Welcome to Broken-Down Airways

9 One Egg Per Man — Per Day — Perhaps

10 The Slow and Rocky Road Home

11 One Final Swan Song

Aftermath: The United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Casualties and Statistics

Part Two: The Middle East Years

12 Life in the Part-Time Army

13 Trial and Tribulation on the Echo Road

14 A Week of Looking and Cooking

15 The Best of Times

16 The Worst of Times

17 Mayday — Mayday — Mayday

18 The Magical Mystery Tour

Epilogue: The Search for Peace of Mind

Product Details

ISBN:
9781459708327
Subtitle:
A U.N. Peacekeeper in the Middle East
Author:
Burke, Terry
Author:
Burke, Terry "Stoney"
Publisher:
Dundurn
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
World History-Canada
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Army
Subject:
United nations
Subject:
UN Observer
Subject:
peacekeeper
Subject:
Cyprus
Subject:
Nicosia
Subject:
Green Line
Subject:
Greek Army
Subject:
Turkish Army
Subject:
Mine Warfare
Subject:
Weapons Fire
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Jerusalem
Subject:
South Lebanon
Subject:
high-jacking
Subject:
Improvised Explosive Device
Subject:
Roadside Bombs
Subject:
OBS
Subject:
Non-fiction Military Army United Nations UN Observer Peacekeeper Cyprus Nicosia Green Line Greek Army Turkish Army Mine Warfare Weapons Fire Middle East Jerusalem South Lebanon Highjacking Improvised Explosive Device Roadside Bombs Obs
Subject:
Non-fiction Military Army United Nations UN Observer Peacekeeper Cyprus Nicosia Green Line Greek Army Turkish Army Mine Warfare Weapons Fire Middle East Jerusalem South Lebanon Highjacking Improvised Explosive Device Roadside Bombs Obs
Subject:
Non-fiction Military Army United Nations UN Observer Peacekeeper Cyprus Nicosia Green Line Greek Army Turkish Army Mine Warfare Weapons Fire Middle East Jerusalem South Lebanon Highjacking Improvised Explosive Device Roadside Bombs Obs
Subject:
Non-fiction Military Army United Nations UN Observer Peacekeeper Cyprus Nicosia Green Line Greek Army Turkish Army Mine Warfare Weapons Fire Middle East Jerusalem South Lebanon Highjacking Improvised Explosive Device Roadside Bombs Obs
Subject:
Non-fiction Military Army United Nations UN Observer Peacekeeper Cyprus Nicosia Green Line Greek Army Turkish Army Mine Warfare Weapons Fire Middle East Jerusalem South Lebanon Highjacking Improvised Explos
Subject:
ive Device Roadside Bombs Obs
Subject:
History : Military - General
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
History, Modern -- 20th century.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20130713
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 3 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Middle East » General History
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Canada
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Burke (Cold War Soldier) takes readers on a multi-sensory peacekeeping tour that will leave them alternately laughing and crying. He narrates his military service as a Canadian U.N. peacekeeper in Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria and Israel, sparing no details, whether it's of the carnage wrought by a Cypriot minefield or a weeks' worth of greasy food at an observation post in southern Lebanon. With candor and more than a touch of self-deprecation, Burke supplies an insider's perspective of U.N. peacekeeping missions. Readers go from the 'Green Line' in Cyprus, complete with a nightly check of his sleeping bag for rodents, snakes, and spiders; back to Canada, where the FLQ Crisis is in full swing; on to Cyprus again, this time to clear minefields; and then back over the Atlantic, before taking on a troubled trio of countries — Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Ornery commanding officers, bookish marines and unassuming sadists make this a colorful tour. Burke's descriptions of the interactions between the peacekeepers are fascinating and give a personal feel to the massive operation that is the U.N. This is a real, humbling, hilarious and poignant memoir by a veteran, giving readers a minute idea of what soldiers sacrifice to promote peace and stability. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From inexperienced soldier to seasoned veteran of nine U.N. missions in Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria, Terry Burke gives us a detailed account of a peacekeeper's life in the ever-turbulent Middle East.
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