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Loyd Misses the Points I Hoped He Would Hit
on December 19, 2001
First let me preface this by saying that I am a U.S. Army Officer who served in Bosnia for 7 months commanding an Engineer Company. We did a lot of counter-mine operations. I dealt with the Muslims and the Serbs at almost a personal level on a daily basis. After I returned, I longed to get some insight into what motivated and drove these people to do the atrocities they did. I was hoping Loyd's front-line accounts would fill in some clues. Unfortunately, I found this book wanting in many substantive areas. The reader will appreciate some of his personal anecdotes with all the former warring factions, but will gain little practical information.
HOWEVER, I applaud him on his effort. It takes gutts to do what he did, and then write about it. ANTHONY LOYD, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, I SALUTE YOU for throwing aside your press objectivity when you had to and helping that Bosnian Family during the firefight. You did the right thing!
In closing, to get a "taste" of Bosnia, read this book. To gain a deep appreciation for what is going on there, keep searching.