On Saturday night we watched Blood Diamond, the thriller set in Sierra Leone starring Leonardo DiCaprio. As a thriller it was excellent fun. Usually the action in these things is interrupted for what we used to call as kids, 'kissing bits'. Blood Diamond was mercifully free of these. The language was rather ripe - no doubt the film-makers would say that it reflects reality. I never thought that thrillers had to reflect reality.
The civil war in Sierra Leone began in 1991 and was fueled by the illegal exprt of diamonds. It was ended in 2000 following the intervention of British troops .
This took place during a short window when it was seen as acceptable to interfere in the internal workings of another country