Brotherhood amongst soldiers in combat

  • HotCoach

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    Aug 03, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    The latest copy of New York Review of Books has a review of the new book, "War", by Sebastien Junger of "The Perfect Storm" fame and the documentary of the soldiers depicted in the book by Junger and Tim Hetherington. Both men were embedded with Battle Company in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan in 2008.
    The picture in the article is of half naked young male soldiers wrestling. Very erotic since most of these guys are very buff.
    The reviewer says that these men develop a love for each other that may never be exceeded by any other love they may find.
    I am reminded of Achilles and Patroculus, Alexander and Hephastian, the Spartan lovers who died for each other at Thermopylae, and, more recently, Whitman's "Love of Comrades".
    Was wondering if anyone has read the review and, if so, what you though? Or any opinion as to whether this love unites all men in battle. Clint Eastwood's "Iwo Jima" comes to mind amongst many others.

    She also says this film is more true than the acclaimed "Hurt Locker" which, by the way, was preceeded by the BBC drama UXB (unexploded bomb) about men who defused live ordinance in London during the Blitz and shown on PBS over 10 years ago.

    Gays in the military? How about Lovers in the military.
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    Aug 03, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
    Here is the image: YUM

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    http://www.nybooks.com/multimedia/view-photo/1533