Once again, the idiotic and bloody Balkan War has raised its ugly head and tarnished news reports with horrible memories. There seems to be a never-ending parade of "finally arrested" villains from that dark period. I recall living less than 1000 kilometers from the war and feeling no impact, beyond confusion about its cause and sympathy for the enduring suffering of innocent people. Even reading the history of the Balkan region did not lead to complete understanding.
Now, some news reports remind me of my incomprehension. Since that time, I have acquired friends in Serbia and have met many friendly people in that country...which adds to my lack of understanding of what I see on television.
In that region of the world, it is painfully obvious that one man's villain is another man's hero...and vice versa. The moment one villain is arrested, after decades of living amongst the population of one country, opposing sides start praising the arrest or maligning authorities for making the arrest. Someone that treated other people so barbarically can still be honored by those that welcomed the butchering.
As I have repeatedly stated: man is a bad animal.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.