trauma

Category: trauma

It is a curious thing about the Balkans that they seem to swing from being forgotten and ignored by the rest of the world to becoming abruptly and frighteningly relevant. Each time this happens we end up rushing back to understand the battle lines of the latest conflict and scrambling to re-learn the broad strokes of the larger context.

My visit to Pembroke on Saturday, November 19, to sign copies of Combat Mission Kandahar at Coles Books was great. Books were sold and I had many discussions with passers-by. These discussions included not only local residents but also present and past members of the military who either live in Pembroke or were in town from CFB Petawawa for a few hours. I was quite pleased that some of the presently serving soldiers, who I am sure know Afghanistan better than I do, wanted to buy the book.