By Kenneth E. Lawson
Chaplain Lawson's preliminary historic evaluate of the Balkans presents the surroundings to assist one comprehend what resulted in America's involvement within the zone. He deftly works his method during the key issues of a complicated historical past that eventually ends up in US and overseas engagement within the region. Later within the ebook, he presents a superb precis of the Bosnia and Kosovo areas and the resultant US presence there. This historical past details is particularly necessary in figuring out the an important nature of chaplain ministry, simply because a lot of the Balkans clash is expounded to spiritual issues.
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The peacemaking and peacekeeping missions of the US forces in Bosnia were missions unfamiliar to most of the Army’s leadership at that time. Senior soldiers used to training on large and deadly weapon systems on an open battlefield found themselves in urban areas or rural villages interacting with locals who may or may not be hostile to the United States and NATO. Friend from foe could not be readily determined. Skills of diplomacy took priority over combative skills. As one news report stated: Long schooled in the traditional art of fighting war, American commanders now find themselves grappling with political, diplomatic and military demands that go far beyond the martial skills they were taught.
46 Clearly in 1996 there was no unanimity from the United States related to the validity of the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, its chances of success, or the role of the United States in the internal affairs of the sovereign nation of Yugoslavia. Figure 6. Winter/spring 1996 home of CH (CPT) Yarmen and CA SPC McAniff in Bosnia. The peacemaking and peacekeeping missions of the US forces in Bosnia were missions unfamiliar to most of the Army’s leadership at that time. Senior soldiers used to training on large and deadly weapon systems on an open battlefield found themselves in urban areas or rural villages interacting with locals who may or may not be hostile to the United States and NATO.
30 On entering Bosnia in early January 1996, Lanious recalled, “Our destination was Lukvac. In this area, we saw lots of decommissioned soldiers sitting around with nothing to do. They sat around all day drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes and looking at us menacingly. ” Lanious further commented, “Since the Dayton Peace Accords were signed and we entered this area, the military forces in the region were either decommissioned or began covert training operations. ” In noticing the large number 36 of children in the area, Lanious remarked, “The children were all over us, very friendly, some spoke English.