Chapter Three

Look in Your Hand

If you don’t let me serve you, I’ll die.

Madame Babette Hersant1

When I joined the Army Reserves in 1993, I didn’t do it because I was pro-war, or because I thought that waging war was noble. I joined the Reserves because of the opportunity I had as a doctor to ease the suffering that war causes. As an Army doctor, I care not only for our soldiers but also for civilians caught in the crossfire, as well as for those we call “the enemy.”

In 2000 I was deployed to Kosovo, after NATO bombings brought the hostilities between the Albanians and the Serbs to a standstill. My unit first went to Fort Benning, Georgia, where we were trained in matters such as laws of war, clearing an area of land mines, weapon proficiency, ...

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