The Sons of War
The Sons of War
This chapter discusses Chechen fighters actively involved in the war. Chechen sons of war were not only the young men; as the war escalated, both the age limits and the geography and manner of participation widened. The goals of the Chechen resistance leaders were largely different from the interests of rank-and-file fighters. War meant more than motherland and freedom; it meant protecting home and family, exacting vengeance for their loss, a certain satisfaction in wreaking violence on others, and/or a consuming pleasure in plundering. Many of the fighters were unable to escape the cycle of violence they had embarked upon, and what ensued was chaos and demodernization. The war became a giant sea change for most of the active fighters. After losing sight of the declared goal, or in some cases even having reached it, they found themselves outcasts from peace and its values. The postconflict reconstruction after the second war becomes extremely difficult, even impossible, without therapy and the social rehabilitation of the military segment of war-torn society.
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