It was,thankfully,quiet.Standing first watch,he scanned left to right and back into the dense,dark,jungle night.After two weeks "humping the bush" the squad was exhausted and could use a solid nights rest Frozen against the tree trunk, he saw a slight movement in the brush.Raising his weapon slowly to his right eye,he raised the "Starlight Scope" slowly to his left,all the while thinking it was another big cat looking for an easy meal.As the head slowly pushed thru the brush,his brain froze.Through the scope he saw a girl, maybe 12 or 13,low crawling towards the sleeping squad.On her chest was strapped a Claymoor mine,detonator grasped in her right hand.In a nanosecond that equaled eternity he thought:


        If i don't shoot,many will be surely wounded and killed,and i will have to live with that.

       If i shoot,this moment will be burned into my brain forever.

                    *semi-fictional account to illustrate the hazy line between 'better' and 'worse' decisions,or as i call it....."No Good Way Out"....

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Comment by Steel Breeze on July 30, 2017 at 7:04am

it need not be taken to such extemes,but hopefully the point is clear....

Comment by alsoknownas on July 30, 2017 at 7:15am

Let's see how far this goes before you're jumped for mansplainin'.

Comment by Steel Breeze on July 30, 2017 at 7:24am


just my way of showing that in my reality,there is rarely,given all circumstances,an absolutely clear and distinct line between 'right/wrong'....choices...but,mebbe it's just me thats lacking proper focus....

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 30, 2017 at 7:25am

short, powerful

Comment by Steel Breeze on July 30, 2017 at 7:26am


Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on July 30, 2017 at 7:42am

The fallacy with things like this is that there are rarely if ever only two choices.   For example, you could have resisted and not gone (and, no...  that would not have made you a coward any more than it did for Ali).  Even if that would not have been your choice there are a multitude of other ones that led this "semi-fictional" character to be leaning against that tree (the 12 y.o. girl wasn't given that option I'm guessing).

P.S.  Some people are willfully and purposefully ignorant of what "mansplainin' " means.  You didn't mansplainin' because you were neither "translating" what someone said to fit your agenda nor presenting your choices in a condescending or patronizing manner.  

Even though we have thrown harsh words at one another a time of ten, you've never been a passive-aggressive, chickenshit like some (waves "Hi" to AKA), so I'm not going to let you get smeared with that particular broad brush. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 30, 2017 at 7:44am

R&L.  This is why combat vets live in a world very different than the rest of us.

Comment by Steel Breeze on July 30, 2017 at 7:46am

SBA, an aside,i joined....

Comment by Steel Breeze on July 30, 2017 at 7:49am

Jmac,thx......i've actually tried to not use these types of things to express myself,obviously without sucess,but,we are what we are i guess....

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 30, 2017 at 9:17am

It's so true we really don't know what we'd do until we're there.

What a scenario, Steel, heartbreaking. And excellent point.


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