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.....so why do I have these, and why a list?
I am a serving member of a western military. I have completed five deployments as a service member plus another as a civilian. It was this as a civilian aid worker in southern Croatia during the war that is the reason for why I have these films.
I have been back, to a rebuilt and rejuvenated Croatia. I have driven through Bosnia, some areas full of life and a bright future and others struggling to recover from the horrors of war. I have been to Belgrade, a lovely city still with an unjustified stigma.
As mentioned above, I have served in East Timor during its dark days of liberation. I have served in Afghanistan and seen the indiscriminate nature of a horrible war. I have served in countries overrun by street gangs. None of these come close to what happened in the former Yugoslavia.
I am not religious but what happened there was just evil. Something evil swept through that land. Whatever God hears your prayers must have been looking elsewhere. If God ever did have a country, I believe he would have lived in Croatia and gone to Bosnia for his holidays.
20 odd years on, it is such a wonderful land and they have found something we in a western society crave. They have found peace and serenity. It is so apparent you can hear it.
Our Girl (2014)
It's not the worst I have seen.
This review does contain spoilers. As a member of a western military, there are a few things about this that does make me cringe. It is not the worst series I have seen and there are periods where the plot, characters, scenery, and action are quite good. 1. There is no way a Corporal would stand for back chat from a recruit. 2. There is no way they would be allowed their mobile phones by their bed during recruit training. 3. If I was the platoon commander I would have ditched her half way through episode two as she is a liability. Never do you just wander off on a patrol. Never do you allow local civilians to walk straight up to you, regardless of age. 4. Not one of them has any form of eye protection. As a veteran of Afghanistan you are issued with ballistic glasses with changeable lenses. Tinted for day, clear or yellow for night. Every time you step outside the wire, they are on. This does not include the ballistic goggles on your helmet. 5. The closest distance any reasonable soldier would be to a suicide vest is 100 to 200 meters. There is a cordon and everyone inside is evacuated. As for the lovers tiff in front of an IED, that's something else.