Behind Enemy Lines

New this month Question: What was that big ball of flames that broke the jet in half?

New this month Question: Why did heat seeking missiles go after the fireball created by fuel instead of the fighter jet? I thought heat seeking missiles went after specific infrared frequencies, and specific temperatures.

Question: During the missile scene, dropping fuel tanks causes the tanks to explode. Wouldn't that be impossible in real life?

Question: What was Lokar hiding? And why did he want to keep it a secret?

Chosen answer: Lokar was conducting a genocidal campaign against the Bosniak population, a severe war crime. The photos of the mass grave would have exposed him.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Who was the real commander of the Serbian army when O'Grady was stranded behind enemy lines?

Answer: "Lokar" might be based on real-life Željko "Arkan" Ražnatović, commander of Serb Volunteer Guard.

Question: How would the United States charge Lokar for his crimes even if he was exposed? He's not an American citizen.

Answer: He would be charged as an International War Criminal. Bosnian war criminals were charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, a body of the United Nations.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: I've noticed a correction that says Burnett and Stack-house didn't expect any troops to find them. Why? They would have known that if the bad guys fired a missile, they would be watching the missile and the jet to see if they ejected in case the missile successfully hit it. They also would have known that in case that the bad guys would watch to see if they parachuted, and then track them if did their parachutes were successfully deployed, shoot at them while they went down, and then check to see where they landed to make sure their dead. So why didn't Burnett and Stack-house expect the enemy troops to find them?

Answer: Because they were being chased by the missile all over the place, so it would have been difficult for the Serbs to keep track of the missile and the jet. Plus they were so busy being chased by the missile they probably didn't where they were when the missile hit them.

I meant why didn't they expect anything or anybody to find them?

Question: Why does Reigart take orders from Piquet? He would have the right to not take orders from him, even in NATO since they are both from different navies.

Answer: If the task force is joint and under certain conditions then the command structure is set. Overruling an order would require removing the senior officer from the task force and replacing them with another who would be reissued the order. For many situations this is too cumbersome and political.

Answer: It doesn't matter if they're in different navies. If their military are officially allied in some way, as in NATO then Piquet is the ranking officer and Reigart is obligated to obey.

raywest Premium member

Even so ranking officers in NATO who are not from the US only have limited authority over admirals who are from the US navy. For example, in NATO a foreign three star admiral can give orders to a two star American admiral but a three star American admiral can overrule those orders.

Question: What were the Serbians' motives for killing the citizens in Bosnia? Why did they hate them?

Answer: It was primarily religious and cultural difference. Serbians are primarily Orthodox Christian, Croatians are mostly Catholic, and Bosnians are majority Muslim.

Greg Dwyer

Question: Shouldn't Piquet have been punished for his bad attitude towards rescue missions, and for only caring about the peace treaty?

Answer: It's a matter of perspective. Piquet was interested in keeping the peace treaty, and therefore saving thousands of live more than he was interested in the two pilots.

Greg Dwyer

Still, shouldn't Piquet have been punished for only caring about the lives of thousands, and not about anyone stranded down behind enemy lines?

Question: Why didn't the Serbs want Burnett, and Stackhouse to see what they were doing?

Answer: Prosecution by war crimes tribunals and a new start to the war.

Greg Dwyer

Answer: Because what they were doing is considered a war crime. Hard to get the world to support your cause when you are committing genocide.

What did the Serbs fear would happen if people found out what they were doing?

Question: Why didn't Lokar have his men burn the bodies if he wanted to avoid being exposed?

Answer: Burning large piles of bodies is time consuming, laborious, and may actually draw more attention than simply leaving them in mass graves.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: In the missile scene, the missile goes head on with the jet, and Stackhouse almost dodges it. Wouldn't Stackhouse have had no time to react given how fast missiles are?

Answer: By judging the times correctly he would have stood a chance of dodging it. Albeit a very slim chance.

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Question: There are two scenes I don't understand 1. Burnett goes through a minefield, and then one of the enemy troops accidentally sets the mines off, Burnett starts running through the minefield, and much of the exposing debris. 2. Burnett is in a shop which is fired on. He appears to be close to a shell impact. If one of these scenarios were to happen as shown in the movie, wouldn't Burnett have been seriously injured if not dead?

Answer: 1. What Burnett encountered was actually an alley filled with trip wires, not mines. The explosives on the trip wires all happened to be along the sides of the alley rather then the center. That debris you saw was from the explosives being detonated from a chain reaction. 2. The shell was from a T-72 tank. It was fired at the mall and pierced the outer wall and continued to travel through the shop upon exploding at the far end. It appears that it at the very least heavily shook Burnett and there is evidence to suggest he received some minor wounds to his head via some facial abrasions.

What I meant was shouldn't Burnett have received major injuries?

Question: Is Lokar based on a real person?

Chosen answer: No, he's a fictional character, but could be a composite of multiple people.

raywest Premium member

I don't what you mean by a composite of multiple people.

Taking plot-relevant characteristics, behaviour, roles, etc. of a few different real life people and putting them all into one new character. While technically fictional, he might share traits with real people.

Question: If the movie is based on the experiences of Scott O'Grady, why didn't the filmmakers use his story, instead of making a story that's almost completely fiction?

Chosen answer: Filmmakers have greater artistic licence doing a fictional story inspired by a real-life person's experience rather than portraying actual facts. This allows them to embellish details and/or create whatever story they wish to tell that is grounded in reality. There would also be legal issues of depicting real people (other than O'Grady) in the film.

raywest Premium member

Question: How did Burnett kill Sasha with a flare? Did he just really stab as hard as he could? Or is there a sharp part to a flare?

Chosen answer: With enough physical impact in a vulnerable spot, a flare could penetrate flesh and/or cause fatal blunt force injuries.

raywest Premium member

Question: Can anyone explain what happened to Stackhouse when he ejected? I understand that he injured his leg. How did that happen? Is it actually possible?

Chosen answer: It is possible that he has done of one two things. Banged his leg on something inside the cockpit causing it to break, or landed too hard on his way down. It is common for people to break limbs when parachuting/sky diving. It is possible that his bones were just not up to withstanding the force which he incurred.

Scrappy

Or a piece of shrapnel from the jet breaking apart cut his leg.

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Shortly after our hero ejects you see the pilot flailing around trying to pull the ejection handle. In a Navy aircraft with two crew, the NATOPS manual (Naval Aviation Training and Operations Manual) clearly states that the seats must be set in the "command eject mode". This means, regardless of who initiates the ejection procedure, the rear seat goes first, followed by the pilot 1/2 later. There is no need for the pilot to pull the ejection handle.

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The Sky News reporter character in the movie is in fact Aernout Van Lynden, who was a real war correspondent with over twenty years of experience in the Middle East and the Balkans.

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