‘No heroes, just people’: Svetlana Alexievich on The Unwomanly Face of War | Waterstones.com Blog

‘No heroes, just people’: Svetlana Alexievich on The Unwomanly Face of War | Waterstones.com Blog

‘How can what is human in human beings be protected? That is the question I am trying to answer as I piece together the human spirit.’

A Nobel prize-winner, Belarusian journalist, activist and dissident, Svetlana Alexievich has made it her life’s work to bring people closer to the human face of conflict; interviewing women, children, ordinary citizens and soldiers, the true witnesses to war. Internationally acclaimed, her first book, The Unwomanly Face of War has sold more than two million copies worldwide but has only now been made available in English. An astonishing archive, giving voice to hundreds of Soviet women affected by the Second World War and its aftermath, the Times this weekend called it ‘a symphony of feminine suffering and strength’.

Here, in a new introduction written exclusively for Waterstones, Alexievich offers a rare glimpse into an extraordinary preservation of a forgotten history.

Quotes August 11, 2017

If you want something that’s going to provide you with a lot of challenges and a variety of different things to do, then you really can’t beat a place like the Air Force. I don’t mean this to sound like a recruiting pitch. But it’s been a lot of fun.

I went to the University of Washington as a physics and astronomy major. My other interest, of course, was aviation. I always wanted to be a pilot. And if you’re going to fly airplanes, the best place to be is the Air Force.
Michael P. Anderson
“In a man-to-man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.”
Erwin Rommel
His army incomparably holds, after long years, the abiding love of its surviving veterans. Who marched with it, fought with it, took part in its victories and defeats, shared its sufferings and joys; shall [never] be deaf when its deeds are sung, [nor] mute when rung out its plaudits!
Brig. Gen. G Moxley Sorrell, “Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer”, 1905 M
If your attack is going too well, you have walked into an ambush.
Infantry Journal
I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.
Morgan Freeman
What all the wise men promised has not happened and what all the dammed fools said would happen has come to pass.
Lord Melbourne
Missing someone gets easier everyday because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will.
Author Unknown.

Images August 11, 2017



Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 6, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 32 strikes consisting of 39 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.


Quotes August 04, 2017

“I suddenly felt like the Grinch feels when he discovers what Chrismas is all about. For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a purpose being in the Navy. It wasn’t about money and rank or prestige. It was about raising the flag. We do what we do because no one else can or will do it. We fight so others can sleep at night. And I had forgotten that.”
Timothy Ciciora, The Right Words at the Right Time Volume 2: Your Turn!
“We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.”
Aaron Sorkin, A Few Good Men
“The Japanese fought to win – it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Men must be trained realistically if they are to survive it without breaking, mentally and physically.”
Eugene B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any treat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”
Douglas MacArthur
“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. For example, when the British invaded India, many Indians accepted to work for the British to kill off Indians who resisted their occupation. So in other words, many Indians were hired to kill other Indians on behalf of the enemy for a paycheck. Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people – and people of other nations – for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn’t entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.”
Suzy Kassem
“The participation if women in some armies in the world is in reality only symbolic. The talk about the role of Zionist women in fighting with the combat units of the enemy in the war of 5 June 1967 was intended more as propaganda than anything real or substantial. It was calculated to intensify and compound the adverse psychological effects of the war by exploiting the backward outlook of large sections of Arab society and their role in the community. The intention was to achieve adverse psychological effects by saying to Arabs that they were defeated, in 1967, by women.”
Saddam Hussein, The Revolution and Woman in Iraq
“Question the answers, I repeated every class. Reevaluate your conclusions when the evidence changes.”
Craig M. Mullaney, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education
“Maxim 18:
If the officers are leading from in front, watch out for an attack from the rear.
-The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries”
Howard Tayler

Music August 04, 2017

Lilia Garcia:
For those of you who think he is just freestyling or just making unnecessary “noise” hes actualy symbolizing war time. If you actually listen, he imitates bombs being thrown and exploding, guns being shot, chiaos, and innocent people screaming in terror and dieing, (hence taps being played after awhile) Its actually really deep. ❤️



Images August 04, 2017

Marines Conduct Rappelling Training Marines conduct rappelling training over Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 20, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps photo’s by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis (Slideshow)


K9 Marine
A multipurpose canine with Marine Raider Regiment prepares to participate in special patrol insertion/extraction training. Normally military dogs wear goggles like these before they jump (with their handler) out of an airplane.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin A. Lewis/Released



USAF Thunderbirds. RAF Fairford, Fairford, United Kingdom.
Photo by UX Gun.