- Feb 7, 2023
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My sister’s husband was in the Air Force (career-man) and he was an attaché to the US Embassy there for four years. They shared your experience-even being military. When they left the compound they would hire someone to watch their car and then have to hire another person to watch the person they had hired to watch the watcher. All in all a good experience but corruption ran rampant.
Yes, if the watcher isn't being watched....you never know what you'll find when you get back...if anything You may find all of the watchers long gone, along with your belongings This is what daily poverty, from birth to death, does to people, no matter which country we are talking about. People will always do what they deem necessary to survive, this goes for all of us. They are not to blame for that. The powers-that-be are.
There is only one branch of military the local people are truly terrified of there because they are the ones who are sent in to do the no-holds-barred-nobody's-looking slaughtering in Indonesian provinces which will not comply with what the rulers in Jakarta demand....the rest of the branches of military are kinda viewed as lightweights in comparison. Those guys are pretty emotionally disturbed, as well as disturbing to have a conversation with. Not an experience I wish to repeat, very unsettling, but definitely on of those once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences.
I learned a lot from my ex-journalist ex-husband & his lawyer father, let me tell you, as well as just by spending time with local friends in the villages. Probably the most surreal 10 years of my entire life