By Robert R. Fowler
For many years, Robert R. Fowler used to be a dominant strength in Canadian overseas affairs. in a single heart-stopping minute, all of that modified. On December 14, 2008, Fowler, appearing because the UN Secretary General's distinctive Envoy to Niger, used to be abducted through Al Qaeda, turning into the top ranked UN legit ever held captive. with his colleague Louis Guay, Fowler lived, slept and ate along with his captors for almost 5 months, gaining infrequent first-hand perception into the motivations of the world's so much feared terror crew. Fowler's trap, unencumber and next appearances have helped shed new gentle on international coverage and safeguard matters as we input the second one decade of the " conflict on Terror."
A Season in Hell is Fowler's compelling tale of his captivity, instructed in his personal phrases, yet it's additionally a startlingly frank dialogue concerning the country of a global redefined via clashing civilizations.
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One geologist has compared the process of rifting to the fracturing of an arch that has been pulled apart by tension so that the keystone drops. Other geological changes resulting from volcanic eruptions account for the formation of the terrain here. 5 million years ago. The surrounding land is full of volcanic rocks and solidified lava in the form of basalt. Not far from where the Arab village of Hittin once stood there is evidence of faulting responsible for the dramatic split between the rock hill on which I was standing and the one just north of it, between which lies Wadi al Hamam.
Some three kilometres along the road that diverges from the highway and leads to the city stands the new Jericho Intercontinental Hotel, built in 1998, complete with the first casino to be established in the country, the Oasis, which almost led to my imprisonment. In the flat, clay-coloured plain the bulky and sharp-edged structure looks out of place. This was the first modern edifice of such size ever to be built in the area, and it would have been followed by plenty more had the tourist village planned for the vicinity been completed.
Other geological changes resulting from volcanic eruptions account for the formation of the terrain here. 5 million years ago. The surrounding land is full of volcanic rocks and solidified lava in the form of basalt. Not far from where the Arab village of Hittin once stood there is evidence of faulting responsible for the dramatic split between the rock hill on which I was standing and the one just north of it, between which lies Wadi al Hamam. Here is how T. E. Lawrence described the area in a letter he wrote to his mother in 1909: ‘The plain is very fertile and very highly cultivated, and the lake gives abundance of water: it is the best place I have found yet in Palestine.
A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda by Robert R. Fowler