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lirvilas 16th Nov 2021, 10:10 PM edit delete
lirvilas
new readers: welcome to the ostrich war

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old readers: what LT's describing is depicted in that climactic final scene of Pecking Order.

it's the one where our cynical and jaded semi-deserter antiheroes charge the Zamundan tanks on the tarmac, armed only with rifles, their ostrich mounts, and their honor

the Autumn Bay Herald's film critic admitted to openly weeping until well past the end credits
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Jay042 16th Nov 2021, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
Jay042
I was thinking the General had a kind of Mandela effect going on. Everyone back in the Kogana/Macrobiana/Zamunda/Buranda region all assume he's been dead for years.
lirvilas 16th Nov 2021, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
ah, I'm pretty sure anyone in any position of power knows he's chilling in Monaco. the people on the ground might not know or care, but some of them might even miss him...
Microraptor 17th Nov 2021, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
Microraptor
"My war is not over" - nice contrasting callback to what Selene said!

Also, it have always thought that Nyegere might be a bit younger than Selene, so the former being still a cadet during the war works out nicely in this regard!
sigpig 17th Nov 2021, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
sigpig
In Canada, "cadet" has two meanings.
The first is the "Officer Cadet" - a person undergoing officer training.
The second is a military-style youth program that is closely associated with the military.
Unfortunately, in sub-Sahara Africa, "cadet" could also mean "child soldier". The Canadian General who ran the UN Rwanda mission wrote a very disturbing book about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Fight_Like_Soldiers,_They_Die_Like_Children
Microraptor 18th Nov 2021, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yeah, Option C seems disturbingly plausible too in this case..
lirvilas 18th Nov 2021, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
@sig: yeah I’m picturing Ratel to be about 13 when they handed her an AK… All the older trainees would have been sent to the front lines by then.