In the Land of Blood and Honey continued…

Well Happy New Year to you all.  Hardly seems possible.  Was it really so long ago that we were afraid of what might happen when it the clock struck midnight and the year 2000 began?  Y2K whatever that was never happened, and I guess that was a good thing.

I saw no release on December 23 for the movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”  So, I guess the saga continues between the survivors and the ‘love story’ in the movie.

Most likely what might look like a love story in such a situation would be the Stockholm Syndrome.  Wikipedia describes this syndrome:

“In psychology, Stockholm Syndrome is an apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes tot he point of defending them.  These feelings are generally considered irrational in the light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.  The Syndrome is named after the Normalmstorg robbery of Kredibanken at Normalmstorg in Stockholm, in which bank employees were held hostage from august 23 to august 28, 1973…The term “Stockholm Syndrome ” was coined by the criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerot, who assisted the police during the robbery, and referred to the syndrome in a news broadcast.  It was originally defined by psychiatrist Frank Ochberg to aid the management of hostage situations.”

Wkikipedia goes on to give some notable examples;

  • Mary McElroy was kidnapped and held for ransom in 1933 and released by her captors unharmed.  When three of her four captors were apprehended  and given maximum sentences (including one death sentence), McElroy defended them…
  • Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation army in 1974.  After two months in captivity, she actively took part in a robbery they were orchestrating.  Her unsuccessful legal defense claimed that she suffered from Stockholm Syndrome and was coerced into aiding the SLA…
  • Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted at age 11 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido at a school bus stop in 1991 and was imprisoned at their residence for 18 years.  In August 2009, Phillip brought Nancy and Jaycee…along with two girls that Garrido fathered with Jaycee during her captivity, to be questioned by Garrido’s parole office after he noticed some suspicious behavior.  She did not reveal her identity when she was questioned alone.  Instead, she told investigators she was a battered wife from Minnesota who was hiding from her abusive husband, and described Garrido as a “great person” who was “good with her kids.”  Dugard has since admitted to forming an emotional bond with Garrido with great guilt and regret.”

Please understand folks that this kind of attachment is one of many survival mechanisms.  Had any of you been through these things your mind might have chosen it.  Not all hostages do.  In Berlin, when the Russians arrived to “free” the city, women were kept as slaves to sexual violence.  Many survived because their minds unconsciously formed an attachment to their rapists; Stockholm Syndrome.

I have no idea what I would do.  Many women continue to try to escape.  In Africa rape is rampant.  Last I checked South Africa has the highest rate of rape in the world.  The ‘Rape and War Syndrome’ rampant throughout the African war zones has produced whole colonies of women who have survived and are raising the children.  Bosnia survivors have survived one way or another, their bodies and minds all uniquely made by God.

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