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  1. I don't think I'm refusing to listen to both sides of the story. I believe the Serbs have every right to live in peace and determine their own future, and I do feel sorry for the Serb civilians who suffered and died. But the fact remains that these men, Serb or whatever, should face responsibility for what they did. I don't deny that Bosnian or Croat soldiers retaliated by shedding Serbian blood... But I have yet to read, see or hear anything on comparison with what Mladic and Karadzic carried out. Where is the Srebrenica with Serb victims? Where are the news reports of Bosnian tanks rolling into Slovenia or Croatia? If that was really the case, we would see Bosnian officials being tried for war crimes. What does the U.N. or NATO gain from protecting the Bosnian Muslims? Are they really so powerful and important that they control the world governments? That's news to me! I'm not saying all Bosnians or Croats are innocent... Just that I think Mladic, Karadzic and Milosevic are guilty, as are those men who were indicted with them. The evidence points to that. Milosevic knew what was going on... Not in the way we know, now, removed and detached from the whole ugly business... He knew before, and he acted on it. Do you think Serb forces would be causing turmoil in Bosnia without someone briefing Milosevic? Do you think someone would not tell him about what was going on in Kosovo? I'm not some blind American patriot who only believes what his government tells him. I think it's shameful that more people in the world don't care enough to lift a voice in protest when it's revealed Milosevic might be getting acquitted. Most people in the world don't care about the state of things in the Balkans, just because it doesn't affect their daily lives. Once again, nothing against you or the Serbian people, Patriot. But if you want to support men such as Mladic, Karadzic and Milosevic, you should acknowledge what that means to some people. Since this thread will likely be locked soon for turning political, I guess this will all be moot anyway, but I believe passionately in it, as I am sure you believe passionately in Serbia. P.S. I know Karadzic mentioned the "extermination of the Muslim people" because I've seen it with my own eyes. He said, "You are leading Bosnia down the path of Croatia and Slovenia, and you taking this country to hell and we may very well see the extermination of the Muslim people!" "Ethnic cleansing" was borne out of all this. These are the facts.
  2. Since you mention the Korean thing... I seriously doubt North Korea will ever invade South Korea. First of all, that DMZ between them is loaded with so many mines and defensive positions that the already slipshod N. Korean military would be cut to shreds. And even though they have one of the largest militaries in the world, they're also one of the most poorly equipped. Also, since the vast majority of people are enlisted in some form of the armed forces, who will do the work? North Korea's economy, as you well know, is in the toilet... Having a war and little resources will cripple them even further, ESPECIALLY if such a war means heavy retaliation from the United States and other Asian countries. You might play the China card and invoke the whole communist thing, but modern China is about as communist as John Wayne. Truth is, China is reaping the benefits of a free market economy and they would much rather have a strong relationship with South Korea, which has a stronger economy and more natural resources, than North Korea. Hell, every day on the news in China I see refugees from North Korea trying to cross into the border here in Liaoning Province. With second-rate (or even third-rate) equipment and no real allies to speak of, North Korea just wants to rattle some sabers because that's all they got going for them. Imagine what they could accomplish if they put all that money they're throwing at nukes and the military to some actual good use. Unless Kim goes totally and completely crazy and decides to drop a bomb somewhere (he can't reach the United States, and if he did, it would mean the destruction of his country), I think North Korea is just a lot of smoke and no fire.
  3. Patriot: Are you saying he had no knowledge of the mass graves? That part of his nationalist agenda wasn't preventing the Bosnians from separating, to the point where they were talking about exterminating the Muslim people of Bosnia? And let's not even discuss his role in the Kosovo conflict... The fact is, I don't believe Karadazic and Mladic acted alone, and I don't think anyone else does either. Milosevic had to have some knowledge. The "Great Serbia", all the way to the Pacific... Milosevic didn't believe in that and getting it at any means necessary? I'm not trying to disrespect you Patriot, or the Serbian people. I want to keep this thread civil. You have every right to feel proud about your country. But I also have a right to feel sympathy for the Bosnian and Croatian people who suffered. The Hague indicted these men for a reason. Such a court doesn't call men "war criminals" for no reason. It's obvious at least that these men have blood on their hands and regardless of whether or not they are judged and sentence in a court here on earth, I believe they will be judged and sentenced in the next life for their crimes. Yes, I do wish they catch those men at large. I wish that those countries in the former Yugoslavia will know peace and life without bloodshed.
  4. Man, I hope they get that guy soon. I guess I'm pretty ignorant on that stuff... I thought they already got Mladic along with Milosevic. And I KNOW they got Milosevic because I read an article recently about how it looks like he is going to get off without any kind of sentence at all. Un-freaking-believable. What kind of lawyer do you have to get to get away with genocide? Who did he hire, Johnny Cochran? Does anyone know the current status of that other Serb war criminal, Radovan Karadazic (sic)? Is he still at large or did they get him?
  5. Pretty sloppy, if you ask me... If the US government was responsible for the various coups in the Phillippines, Iran, and South America in the '50s, you'd think they'd gotten the hang of this now so they wouldn't run into these sort of problems. If the CIA or SAS was really behind a planned series of missions in Zimbabwe, I doubt they would put themselves in this kind of mission. More likely, I think private interests were at stake... Probably some companies would stand to benefit from a regime change in Zimbabwe, so they sent these two-bit African-based mercs in there on a plane hoping no one would notice. Unfortunately, it looks like things didn't turn out that way. A shame, since these 64 men will likely be killed and there will be some opposition members in Zimbabwe who will be kidnapped, executed and killed by the tyrant that rules the country.
  6. @Ruin: I know how hairy things are in the Middle East in terms of anti-Israeli sentiment... I lived in the UAE for two years. But after the fiascos Egypt, Syria and Jordan got themselves into their past attempts at invading the country, I doubt they would be foolhardy to try it again, especially with all the backing and hardware Israel has supporting it. As far as Lebanon goes, that country has its own internal problems to still deal with. Israel will have to deal with terrorism 24/7, but I seriously doubt any Middle Eastern country would dare declare war on them right now or anytime in the future. @Mamon: I realize that there are terrorists acting in the name of Chechen independence, but you can't wipe the blood off the hands of the Russians. All the Chechens want to do is separate and form their own country, and for whatever reason, Russia has refused to allow them to do what countries like Georgia and Azerbaijian did. They have brutally suppressed the Chechens, doing such things as torture them and force people into refugee camps. If you don't believe me, read any report by any human rights group that has covered the whole ugly mess. Naturally, there are going to be native criminal elements who will exploit the bloodshed to their own advantage, but you can't turn your head and allow mass murder by a regional power, however fragile the situation is in that part of the world. I personally am not a big fan of Putin and his leadership considering that he has further turned the Russian government into something more authortarian than free democratic republic, but the obvious excesses witnessed by the world in Chechnya makes it clear to me, at any rate, that a UN-backed multinational peace-keeping force would be far better suited than ruthless Russian generals whose atrocities will only inspire further terrorists taking over theaters and the like, until the whole thing gets bloodier for the Russians than Afghanistan was.
  7. Thanks for the serious reply. I don't know if the Middle East is really a hot spot outside of Israel/Palestine. Most of the Gulf States are pretty much under control and on our side, from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia. Iran, despite its inclusion in the Axis of Evil, is slowly making its way towards more reforms and, if not a pro-Western attitude, at least not outright Islamic fundamentalist hostility to the West. Jordan has its problems, but it's president is a smart guy. Syria crawled across the razor's edge in Iraq but I doubt Bush or anyone else would risk another "pre-emptive attack" on an Arab Muslim country anytime soon. Terrorism is the big thing now, but I was thinking more in terms of a regional conflict between countries than clandestine cells striking from the shadows. Personally, I think Chechnya will be the next big thing, as it's been going on for a long time and if you read about it, you hear all the keywords that describe a hotspot -- terrorist elements, genocide, prolonged and bloody strife. If things go on like they have even longer, international pressure is just going to grow and grow until the UN is forced to intervene, assuming they can ever get the guts to go against Russia's desire to handle the matter themselves.
  8. I wanted to ask you guys... Where do you think the next world conflict is going to erupt? Where will our SF boys be sent next? I'd like to hear your ideas and comments... Here are some possibilities... Abkhazia-Georgia -- Georgia is located in the Transcaucasus region between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, a veritable jig-saw puzzle of diverse ethnic and religious groups forged into a single state by the Russians. Abkhazia is located in the Northwest region of Georgia, bordering on the Black Sea and rising into the high Caucasus Mountains in the east. Abkhazia was incorporated into Russia (1810), and in 1931, the USSR merged Abkhazia and Georgia into a unified socialist republic of Georgia. Georgian language was made compulsory and Abkhazi culture was assimilated and dissipated. Abkhazis felt their culture was on the verge of extinction. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Abkhaz rebels rose in rebellion, seeking independence from Georgia. During two years of fighting an estimated 200,000 Georgian refugees fled from Abkhazia and Georgians leveled charges of ethnic cleansing. In 1993, Abkhazi guerrillas captured the key city of Sukhumi and declared their independence. A ceasefire agreement was arranged but political disputes remained unresolved and the international community has not recognized Abkhazi independence. Russia-Chechnya -- Chechnya is located in the mountainous Caucasus region between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, a land-locked area bordered by the Russian republics of Dagestan and Georgia. Formerly a part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Chechen separatists have waged a war for independence since the break-up of the Soviet Union, although the Chechen struggle against the Russians dates back to the late 1700’s. The current war has similarities to Russia’s misadventures in Afghanistan, including near total destruction, conflicts between local factions, the rise of Islamist terrorism and corresponding state terror by Russia, with deadly and continuing consequences for all parties. Chechnya holds a strategic geographic position linking Russia by pipeline and rail to the rich Caspian Sea oilfields. Ethiopia-Eritrea -- Basically, this is the plot to Desert Siege, but Ethiopia has long had designs on the much smaller northern neighbor. Under pressure from its other African neighbors and also offering access to the sea for the landlocked Ethiopia, the future of Eritrea is precarious. Haiti -- After a successful slave rebellion in 1804, Haiti was became the first independent state in Latin America. Since then the country has endured 200 years of relentless tyranny, conflict, poverty and racial discord. In early 2004, U.S. Marines returned, once more, to restore order amidst chaos and anarchy in one of the world’s poorest, most hopeless states. Haiti has been exploited as a French and American colony, before falling victim to U.S. backed, anti-communist dictatorship. Haitian politics is traditionally conducted at the barrel of a gun, or the blade of a machete. Bowing to rebel demands and U.S. pressure, the ineffectual, but elected President Aristide has been forced into exile, as the U.S. has led a multinational force to restore order, in a nation that has known neither order, nor hope. India-Pakistan (Kashmir) -- The disputed territory of Kashmir shares borders with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. Kashmir was partitioned as a result of the Indian Independence Act of 1947. About 65% of the territory is administered by India, the remaining 35% by Pakistan. Jammu Kashmir is the predominately Muslim state within India, which is mainly Hindu. This conflict, between two of the world's most populous countries, both with nuclear capability has the ominous potential to escalate into theater nuclear war, or beyond. Tensions between India and Pakistan increased after a series of nuclear tests in mid 1998, as both states sought to demonstrate military parity. In May 1999 hostilities flared when India launched military strikes against Kashmiri insurgents. Azerbaijan-Armenia (Nagorno-Karabakh) -- The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has surprising similarities to the dispute between Israel and Palestine, and equally disturbing strategic implications. The region provides a toxic mixture, combining oil, Islamic fundamentalism, old-fashioned cold-war alliances, a religious holocaust, claims of genocide and an irredentist movement by ethnic Armenians, stranded on a Christian island, in an Islamic sea. Azerbaijan claims Nagorno-Karabakh (N-K) is an integral part of Azerbaijan, Armenia has declared N-K part of Armenia and N-K has declared independence from all. Meanwhile, Russia, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. lurk in the background, supplying financial and military backing in pursuit of their own national agendas. Serbia-Kosovo -- Yugoslavia is a Federal Republic, consisting of two republics, Serbia and Montenegro. Slobodan Milosevic is President of Serbia and Momir Bulatovic is President of Montenegro. Kosovo and Voivodina are provinces within Serbia. Both were autonomous until 1990 and 1989 respectively. Kosovo has operated a government, but it is not recognized by Serbia, or Yugoslavia. The US does not recognize the union of Serbia and Montenegro. The impoverished province of Kosovo is predominately ethnic-Albanian, (about 90%) and Serb (10%). Although the ethnic Albanians are a majority within Kosovo, they are a minority within the Yugoslav Republic. Hence Kosovars are politically dominated by a Serbian government, under the authoritarian control of President Milosevic. When Milosevic was elected President, opposition parties boycotted the elections, with only slightly more than 56% of citizens voting. During his tenure, Milosevic has purged the government and military of liberals, moderates and dissidents of all types, while promoting a chauvinistic form of Serbian nationalism, strikingly reminiscent of Hitler's Nazi Party programs. Extreme Serbian nationalism has been promoted to unify a Serbian-controlled, Yugoslav state, suffering severe economic and political decline, while casting ethnic-Albanians in Kosovo as scapegoats. Political repression and economic depravation sparked Kosovar dissidence, opposition and revolution, in their struggle for self-determination by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The Serbian response has been an aggressive pogrom of genocide, or "ethnic cleansing", designed to purge Serbia of the ethnic-Albanians, terrorizing them to flee to other safe havens in neighboring countries. Venezuela -- Despite its history of democratic government since 1958, Venezuela stands on the brink of potential civil war that could claim thousands of lives and plunge world oil markets into further chaos. If some observers are correct, the situation may be suspiciously similar to other cases of Latin American conflicts provoked and supported by the United States. As the world’s 5th largest oil producer the stakes are extremely high, which may suggest the dark motives behind the discord. Despite recent legislation to open Venezuelan industry to foreign investment, one of the propaganda themes used to criitcize the Chavez administration has been concerms that he intends to move the country toward a Castro-syle communist state. At a time when the Middle East is undergoing an uncertain transition, preserving the peace in Venezuela should be a priority, yet the discord threatening stability in the Americas, has received relatively little attention. Congo/Zaire -- The Congo/Zaire is the third largest country in Africa, perhaps too large. It's comprised of four major ethnic groups and over 200 smaller groups, or tribes. Many of these ethnic or tribal groups have home territories that extend beyond the national borders and there are complex relationships between groups. Since independence in 1960, Congo/Zaire has been ravaged by near continuous inter-ethnic and civil strife, claiming untold lives, plunging the country into chaos and poverty. The Congo has enormous mineral resources, gold, copper, uranium, diamonds, manganese, cobalt and hydroelectric power potential, making it a country of great strategic value and potential wealth. To date, these resources have been of little benefit to the impoverished people, but have added to the countries problems and conflict. I stole some of these summaries from http://www.flashpoints.info where you can go to read more on the above conflicts and more. (Also a handy site if you're thinking about where to set your next GR mod...)
  9. Wow, guys, thanks for the replies. You answered my question and then some. So, basically, if you're in the SF, you don't want the bad guys to identify you, and if you're in a cold climate, it's handy for keeping you warm. And if you're an irregular serving in the militia, it helps if you're ordered to do some "ethnic cleansing" and don't want the local populace to pick you out and go after you... or the UN to arrest you for war crimes.
  10. Wasn't quite sure where to post this, so I'll just post it here... As many mods take place in foreign countries, you may or may not be familiar with the names commonly used in those countries. http://www.gaminggeeks.org/Resources/KateMonk/ is a great place to find listings of male names, female names and family names commonly found in various countries throughout the world. So, if you can't think of a fitting name for the warlord in the Uzbeki mod you're working on, this should be very helpful. Also good if you're writing something like the IDF mod where even the allied characters need new names... Always been a bit of a pet peeve of mine when I download a mod and the names sound like gibberish. Hope this helps some of you.
  11. I just had to ask this. It seems whenever I watch TV of war-torn countries, it seems common to see soldiers (both regular and irregular) wearing ski masks, balaclavas and other kinds of face masks. I was just wondering... Why? I guess at night they could serve as camo at night, to obscure your face... But I've seen soldiers wearing them during the day when facepaint or something would be a lot more practical. I suppose there's also a mental factor involved, as a person wearing a mask can be more intimidating. Of course, I mostly see such masks in movies and video games (Behind Enemy Lines and Ghost Recon, to name a pair). Maybe it's not realistic that people actually wear these things... Anyway, if anyone happens to know, please tell me. A stupid question, I know, but I'm just curious!
  12. Looks cool. Actually, it sounds interesting to me because I actually live less than two hundred miles from the North Korean border... I'm an English teacher in Liaoyang, Liaoning Province in China. The fact that it'll be small enough for those of us with slow connections to download is nice. I like your briefings, although I would suggest you go over them with spellcheck and review for grammar before you submit the final campaign. Also, looking at the screenshot of the Koreans, you might want to find out a way to lighten the Cuban bodies you used so they don't contrast with the faces. (I don't know how to do that myself, just thought I would point it out.) Also, "Mao Chen" is a Chinese name, not Korean (didn't know if you knew that or not) and actually, "Mao Chen" would be like two surnames together... like an American named Williamson Jackson. Not trying to put you down, just giving some constructive criticism. If you need any kind of help in terms of the setting and such, I know a bit about the area, having lived here for awhile. I'm sure it'll be a great mod and I look forward to playing it. I wish I could make a mod, but IGOR keeps crashing on me every frickin' time I try to load a mission template...
  13. Forgive my ignorance, but I haven't messed around with GR in a long time, and I just had to ask. I just re-installed GR/DS/IT just so I could play No Easy Day, as I've been waiting for it for a long time. I really enjoyed the missions and I give lots of thanks to the hard-working people at DTD. However, I have a question about using the mod to play certain Quick Mission maps. Say I want to play a Quick Mission Firefight with one of the maps from Island Thunder, such as the Market map. When I play the game, my own soldiers apparently use the skins the DTD team designed, but the enemies are always Cubans as opposed to the terrorist skins. Is there any way to somehow play maps like Market so the enemies are terrorists? The same goes for the Desert Siege/Island Thunder mission maps. If I unlock those by playing the campaign, and then play them in Quick Mission, will the NED mod work or will I be stuck playing with the regular Ghost Recon skins and such? Is it just a matter of moving some files around in my GR folder, or do I need to download some kind of utility? I leave tomorrow evening for China (I'm a college student who took a year off to teach English there), so I'd be very grateful if someone could get back to me before then. Otherwise, I'll be sure to check back on the forum once I'm in China. Thanks for any help you guys can give me!
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