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Friday, February 15, 2008

Band of Brothers

"We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."

South African soldiers of Platoon 1, Delta Company, 1 SA Infantry Battalion on Peace Keeping duty in the DRC. An impromptu photo opportunity.


Malabei said...

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Ivan said...

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Saint in Exile said...

Sir, I am a former Captain in the US Army - a fellow Infantry Officer. As you may know, one of the common criticisms of the UN, here in the US, is that they never return fire and otherwise do not engage in combat when necessary; that they are "paper tigers." I think this is largely based upon what occured in Srebrenica, Bosnia, when Dutch UN peacekeepers were overrun by Serbian forces - one of the few military events not involving US forces that many Americans can recall.

Could you comment on this perception of UN capability? How restrictive are your rules of engagement and/or how limited is your firepower? I'm curious how someone who has actually served with the UN would assess it.

Werner K said...

Well, Saint, it depends on it being a Chapter 6 or Chapter 7 operation. Chapter 6 requires no active involvement while Chapter 7 operations is commonly referred to as peace enforcement and involves active enforcement of the requirements for maintaining an internationally acceptable situation in a country. Chapter 7 is what is followed here. I hope I answered your question.

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