Very much agreed. The "little" incidents, while generally affecting a small number of people, can be just as unpleasant as the big events that have whole libraries devoted to them.I spent yesterday talking to a veteran who spent a couple of weeks as a prisoner of the Serbs during the nineties and the before and after of all that. Its he had a lot to get off his chest and a lot more to say on how all the focus is on the big wars and very rarely on the various peacekeeping and NATO missions.
It actually came up because he was explaining the Rosettes on his medal ribbons which led to him and another vet elaborating that the actual war tours were probably the cleanest, least dangerous and simplest they did.Very much agreed. The "little" incidents, while generally affecting a small number of people, can be just as unpleasant as the big events that have whole libraries devoted to them.
And peacekeeping can often be more traumatic than set-piece battles. In part, that's because - typically - the big battles are uniform against uniform, and while it's unpleasant, at least everyone involved tends to be there for that reason. Peacekeeping operations generally involve the constant dealing with civilians caught up in the whole sorry mess.
Don't start me on the "self-diagnosed autistics" who believe autism is a medical term for social anxiety and slightly weird obsessiveness.It is unfortunate that PTSD has become a term abused by people with no business joking about such things. And I say this as someone who occasionally would get vivid recollections of a specific traumatic event. (The time I broke my foot, as minor as that seems.)
It’s like people that are slightly anal-retentive and say “I guess I have OCD, lol”