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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

And You Are?

Prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia there had been one army - the JNA. As the country split so did the army. Which was going to make things interesting.

"Erm excuse me Mr Heavily-Armed-Sort of Soldier would you mind awfully telling me whether you are a member of the ARBiH, MUP BiH, TO, HOS, Green Berets, Patriotic League, VRS, JNA, Arkan's Tigers, White Eagles, Scorpions, HVO or HV?"

11 Comments:

Blogger MuppetLord said...

Perhaps flash cards would have been appropriate.

6:11 pm  
Blogger PI said...

I had 28 years of exposure to initial labels and the only one that stuck was MOD.

7:11 pm  
Anonymous Hugh said...

oh i work in an place that just thrives on TLA's
three letter ........you get the picture, plus i can't spell acronym?

8:01 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

ML - it wasn't nearly as bad as when they had an election - I think there were over 50 parties - all with abbreviations.

PI - I live with them day in and day out - it's almost possible to converse in abbreviations in the army.

Hugh - we once had an officer who loved his TLAs - it took him a very long time to twig what TLA stood for though - he checked all of the manuals.

9:19 pm  
Blogger Just Jane said...

I can see I am going to have to concentrate VERY hard if I am to learn.

Yeah gods!

9:30 pm  
Blogger tideliar said...

Sounds a bit like that scene from "Life of Brian"...

Excuse me, are you the People's front of Judea...

etc.

10:28 pm  
Blogger d34dpuppy said...

hahah tide ur brain is awesome

2:48 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Jane - that's what I thought.

Tideliar - that's pretty spot on actually.

6:47 am  
Blogger Nick said...

It's nearly as bad today - except that they aren't fighting of course.

In Croatia in Tudjman's day they used to say that if you gather enough people for a dinner party you might as well turn them into a political party - because everyone else has. (It's not quite so bad now, I'm told, but I'm not sure I believe it.)

2:04 pm  
Anonymous Stu Savory said...

Still better than those one-party systems where the party is always right :-(

FYI, the East german party song was called "Die Partei, die Partei, die Partei (hat immer recht)". There's a sound-byte(sic!) of it on my sidebar.

Stu

4:06 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Tideliar's got it in one...

5:59 pm  

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