Since serving in the Falklands/ Malvinas war where my job was to shoot down Argentine jet fighters I have often wondered over the years what it was like for the Argentine military and how they dealt with their memories of that brutal war. I suppose that is how it would have stayed but for the advent of Facebook and with it the opportunity for former enemies to get in contact with each other. I have and am in contact with many of my former enemies who I now consider friends.
I respect that there are people on both sides who find it impossible to forgive and forget and I respect that and given the issue of Sovereignty is still disputed it makes it even harder. However I am more than happy to be friends with these people who I have found to be friendly respectful and more importantly they share an experience only we know.
One such veteran is Julio Herrera Vidal and his wife Laura and two children son Nacho and daughter Maia. Julio like me was serving in the military and fate dealt him the same card as me so we ended up in the same war on opposite sides. Now however I am proud to call Julio my brother in arms and I salute not only his courage but that of his fellow Argentine brothers.