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September 24, 2008

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Sensical

Quint. Your post just made my day. Put an unexpectedly gigantic grin on my face. It's good to see someone with your mercenary ethic willing to come on board. For the named price, of course.

Quint

Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycocks. This shark, swallow you whole. No shakin', no tenderizin', down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing

CruelTeacher

Great job you're doing Reuben!

...and I can't hold to say how astonishing you made it to stay alive that long with all those warlords around.

The Jackal truly remains a mystery...we'll see what he will come up with - thx to your efforts.

Reuben Oluwagembi

Thank you all for your thoughts. When I read your comments,it helps me to consider events here in fresh light. Sensical, your comments in particular caught my attention. You point out that I may have to take some responsibility for the part I've played in raising the Jackal's profile. I wish I could say you are wrong. The truth is that exact thought has haunted me. I believe it's something most journalists struggle with. We must constantly be vigilant to avoid becoming the story or to serve as a mouthpiece for propaganda. And this goes to the reason I had avoided publishing the interviews so far. I wanted to review all interviews to have a clear picture of where the Jackal was leading me.


Unfortunately, my plan may have backfired on me. I won't go into it now, but you'll see on Wednesday. Troubles never cease in this country.


Keep your comments coming, friends. I read them all with great pleasure.

Tom

Christ! Now thats an opinionated comment! On the other hand, Reuben IS exposing this to ta global audience, and we never know if another country would send in peace keepers, we hope... It would seem that the only to stop this war is to cut the head of the snake, by removing the Jackal and his guns from the two warring factions. Only thing is, who would be crazy enough to go in there and kill the bastard?

Sensical

It makes plenty of sense that The Jackal speaks of this conflict with the demeanor of a sports commentator. Doctors and nurses often report similar feelings of emotional displacement that's required to get them through their workday. Were said doctors and nurses to invest themselves emotionally into each and every patient lost, then the medical caretakers' mental health would potentially be rendered borderline by the time they punch-out after each shift. On the other hand, The Jackal's armchair-quarterback tonality is hardly indicative of someone jaded by the current state of affairs. In your first interview, he was sometimes "rambling." In your second interview, he was unexpectedly defensive over his namesake. And now, by the third, he's "normal" and "almost pleasant." This ramp of progression could simply be his comfort levels rising with you, Reuben, in particular -- or it could be speaking to the 'maturation' of The Jackal as a whole. While The Jackal has arguably held a strong presence in the country for over a decade, I believe we're seeing a stronger, more confident Jackal emerging from his cocoon. Port Selao has known about The Myth and The Legend of The Jackal for long enough. But you are exposing The Man. ("They fear the man, not the name.") And I think The Man is quickly coming into his own. Again, without me trying to sound offensive regarding your noble intentions to expose this conflict to a global audience, Reuben, but you are helping to acclimate this perfect storm for The Jackal to execute his own uprising. I am sad to say this, but when The Jackal comes into power -- and it will be soon -- you will have to plead guilty in the part you are playing.

Andrew L.

Curiosity will kill the cat, Reuben. Get out while you still can!

Orderly

he has nothing to gain from being a pleasant person: wars aren't won with hugs. thanks for the props, Ben, but i don't think pleasantries fit into my lil' theory: rather, he's looking to sow a grassroots following, wants to be seen as the power above the powers, as it were, then let them wear each other out before he moves in to pick up the pieces. no worse words on this world than "amoral genius."

Tom

This Jackal certainly is a very strange man. Maybe we will learnt he truth behind him in the fulness of time? Let us hope that the price of information is not too costly on Reuben's part.

Ben

maybe these interviews are the jackals way of spreading propaganda, almost as if he`s trying to come across as a pleasant person and not the monster he`s being portrayed as in the graffiti and story`s that have been spread.
Also ( dunno who came up with this theory but props to them) he may be trying to get the two factions to wear themselves out and then he moves in and becomes the king as it were, which would give some reasoning to the idea of him trying to spread propaganda.

Issac Silverberg

Bear in mind what he told Reuben at the end of their first meeting, “I thought you were looking for the Jackal. You never know. Maybe he was looking for you too.”
This is no chance meeting. For whatever reason, The Jackal wanted to be found. Maybe it's a part of his master plan. Maybe he's just bored. Who can say? Not only that, but he choose to speak to Reuben in particular...

Tom

Maybe he is doing just that Drizzt, maybe he is merely playing with our man on the ground simply because he can. Its exactly like what appears to be arms dealer out of sheer boredom and the fact that he can rather than any actual desire to see the world burn or whatever.

Drizzt

What I don't get is why would The Jackal agree to be interviewed? What's in it for him? Maybe he wants to expose something about the war. You should consider this Reuben. Get to the root of all this, find out what he really wants to tell you. It doesn't make sense that he just wants to recount he's life story.

Tom

Your welcome Isaac. I have posted some other thought there too. Maybe we should discuss this in an easier environment some time?

Issac Silverberg

Thanks for the compliment, Tom! I've posted my theory as a comment on the "A 'friendly' drive" story.

Tom

This is a strange, strange man, but this is a strange world. I think that he probably sees the world differently from us, he sees the Human race destroying himself and somehow his conscience is clear. I think he does all this simply because he can. I think HE is the one who is insane.

You should watch your back Reuben, the UFLL for some reason dislike thier arms dealer, which I find strange. Why would the UFLL want to silence the Jackal's words? I would like to hear my fellow commenters opinion's as they seem to have come up with some good theories recently, Mr Silverburg in paricular.

Orderly

so, outside of his clearly being a bad mofo, is he giving you anything that you can use? or is colonel kurtz just risking your life to hear his mumbo-jumbo?

Issac Silverberg

You've said before that mercs tend to have a charm about them. Is it the same with The Jackal, or is he different from them somehow?

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