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This true story concerns a family, mainly two brothers, war, the aftermath and who was right and who was wrong.

 

A family with two teenage boys finds itself with their country at war.

The older of the two brothers joins the army and goes off to fight for his country.

The youngest stays home with his family.

Soldiers of the opposing army come to the family's house and thinking that the father may have information they need, torture the father to get that information. One thing they do is tie a rope around the father's neck and haul him up in the air until he almost suffocates, then they let him down and repeat the process.

The younger brother is forced to watch this.

Afterwords, at the age of 16, the younger brother goes off to join his older brother in the army.

 

The area where the two brothers see battle is one where prisoners and civilians are routinely tortured and/or killed by both sides of the conflict.

It is an ask no quarter, give no quarter war in that part of the conflict, for both armies.

Finally the army that the two brothers serve in surrenders, the official war is over and the two brothers return home.

The conquering country imposes new laws and restrictions on the losing side.

Thus, the people in the two boys part of the world find themselves, having lost almost everything during the war, poor and being, in their point of view, abused by those from the winning side who now flood into their lands looking to take advantage of the local people and make their fortune.

The natives of this country were forced to sell lands for high taxes, taxes that the new government levied to make the natives sell to their people.

 

The two brothers meet other families that they fought with during the war and decide to retaliate for the harsh treatment they saw forced on themselves and their people.

They decide that since the banks and other businesses are now owned and operated by men who either fought for the winning country or were from that country, they will take their revenge by robbing these money institutions and their people.

This they do, often killing in the process.

One of those killed first during a robbery is a bank teller, who during the war killed the two brothers commanding officer.

The youngest brother shoots the unarmed teller in revenge for the death of the dead officer.

 

While the people of the boys country support and protect them, the government of the country that won the war is determined to bring these young men to justice.

One night, agents of the government, sneak up to the two brother's home, and thinking that the brothers were in the house, throw an explosive through a window, exploding and setting the house on fire.

The two brothers were not at home, however their elderly mother was and the bomb injured and maimed her for life.

 

This act only enforced the two brothers resolve to wage war against the moneyed men and institutions of the winning country.

Along with the other men who thought as they did, this group robbed and killed as they wished.

Government men sent after them either came up empty handed or turned up dead.

 

In one bank robbery, most of the men were either killed or wounded and captured, except for the two brothers.

They escaped.

This basically ended their robbing and revenge killing.

 

The younger brother was killed a few years later, while the older brother stayed free for several more years before finally giving himself up.

 

What do you think of this true story?

Were the brothers and their compatriots justified against the winning country's government and their institutions?

Were the brothers and their fellow ex-soldiers, "terrorists", just plain criminals or men who had been oppressed by the government and LE and reacted to that oppression?

Or....perhaps something else?

 

 

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Excuuuuuse me! They were criminals.

Yeah, so were the Jews, the Cambodians under pol pot, the Chinese under Mao, the Russians under Stalin, let us not forget all of the signers of the declaration of independence, and the list goes on.

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