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when ever I saw smiling face of a solder coming from "battle" I felt sorry for him...I knew he is not normal (in his mind) any more...

You didn't "know" it - you assumed it, and it seems a bit harsh. Cf.:



 These US soldiers are celebrating the fall of Saarbrucken in 1945. Smiling is a pretty natural reaction, it's probably  relief at still being alive - and maybe to not having to kill.

Laughing is also a way of coping in war, you might be surprised by the context of this photo:


AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 15: British soldiers celebrate the lives of fallen comrades by sharing personal stories following a memorial service March 15, 2007 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Helmand province . British troops gathered on a mountaintop observation post to honor three British soldiers killed by Taliban attacks in Afghanistan. L/Bdr Russ Clark, L/Bdr Liam McLaughlin and Sgt. Major Mick Smith died in the first week of March, a week that saw a total of four British soldiers killed in combat operations in Helmand. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Mon Jan 19th, 2009 at 10:51:48 AM EST
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