Beg Me a River
Posted by TJW on Sat, 07 May 2022
Couldn't just kick down the door. Utilized C-4, blew the bitch open. Crying kids and scared shitless mom. Where's your son/nephew/cousin/uncle/father/husband.... humma humma.... where is he? We know you're hiding him. Kids crying, shook up by the C-4 explosion. Where is he? He had two weeks to get out. If he stayed, he stayed to fight us. Where is he? I know he stayed cause we had to blow open the door to get in. You're protecting him. Where is he? Tell her - to translator- tell her I know she's lying when she says she doesn't know. Tell her I know she's playing stupid.
This 'she' gets on her knees, hugs my legs.
Translator:. Please, we hide nothing....there is no one else here....we hide nothing...
Tell her to get up...let go and get up....tell us where he is cause we'll find him anyway. If I have to find him without her I'll have this house blown up.... tell her...if she tells us where he is she can keep her house.
Tell her to let go and get up.
Wounded in an ally.
Put two in his chest, one in his head.
Not wounded anymore.
Give us credit.
We didn't blow up the house.
El tee: Was he wounded?
Was he a combatant?
My understanding is that any military aged male in the city is a combatant, sir
Was he fleeing?
No, sir, on the ground, leaning against a wall.
He was killed?
Roger that, sir.
Carry on, sergeant.
Thank you, sir.
.After, a brigadier general toured the war zone. A graduate of the Army War College, gave speeches and conducted seminars and all that fancy shit. All he had to say was, "Holy shit."
Sir, there's incoming from that mosque.
...sir...fire on a mosque....I thought -
Those fuckers keep it up put a T.O.W. through the front door.
....wan...tup...threep...fower....fife...six... missile through the front door of the mosque. No more incoming.
Sergeant W_____, do you understand that mosques are sanctuaries?
And you ordered a missile to be fired through its front door?
.....carry on, sergeant.
Much obliged, sir .
Males and females of the household are separated, you find out who's related to who and the nature of their relationship, so, you find out one male is the husband of one of the females and you tell him to tell you where the cache is or you'll remove his wife's hajib or detain his daughter or you tell a brother you will have his sister held, literally held, by one of your soldiers, have him put his arms around her: lots of times you didn't have to threaten violence against the males, just shame against the females. Accomplish your mission without firing your weapon.
Visiting parents before leaving for my third tour:
Are you all right to go back yet again?
Make sure you call your mama as often as you can.
We shake hands.
Don't forget to kiss her goodbye before you leave.
He squeezes my shoulder.
I go inside to kiss mama goodbye.