Black Hawk Down Quotes.

1. "No one gets left behind, you know that."
- Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down

2. "Do me a favor, okay? Tell my parents that I fought well today. And tell them that I... that I... that I fought hard."
- Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down

3. "(Somalia) was a watershed," said one State Department official, "The idea used to be that terrible countries were terrible because good, decent, innocent people were being oppressed by evil, thuggish leaders. Somalia changed that. Here you have a country where just about everybody is caught up in hatred and fighting. You stop an old lady on the street and ask her if she wants peace, and she’ll say, yes, of course, I pray for it daily. All the things you’d expect her to say. Then ask her if she would be willing for her clan to share power with another in order to have that peace, and she’ll say, 'With those murderers and thieves? I’d die first.' People in these countries - Bosnia is a more recent example - don’t want peace. They want victory. They want power. Men, women, old and young. Somalia was the experience that taught us that people in these places bear much of the responsibility for things being the way they are. The hatred and the killing continues because they want it to. Or because they don’t want peace enough to stop it." (pg 334-335)"
- Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down

4. "Excited. In a good way. I've been training my whole life for this."
- Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down

5. "I'm not a ranger, I'm a pilot."
- Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down

6. "The city was shredding them block by block. No place was safe. The air was alive with hurtling chunks of hot metal. They heard the awful slap of bullets into flesh and heard the screams and saw the insides of men's bodies spill out and watched the gray blank parlor rise in the faces of their friends, and the best of the men fought back despair. They were America's elite fighters and the were going to die here, outnumbered by this determined rabble. Their future was setting with this sun on this day and in this place."
- Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down

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