Thursday, December 22, 2005

My first shot in a combat zone.

It’s the first time I’ve ever shot at anyone in my entire life. It’s time to mark the day Pete, December 22, 2005. So there I was, telling Hadji to stop his vehicle. I waved my arm and hand to get his attention. I started yelling, “PULL OVER!!! PULL OVER!!! STOP!!!” I tried to motion him with my hands. I didn’t see any weapons but I had to assume he was dangerous. For all I knew he could’ve been driving a VBIED. “STOP! STOP! STOP!” I yelled three times. I, in an instant moment, realized that either he was in a VBIED or just plain stupid and not paying any attention. Alright dude, don’t make me do this, weapon going down. I always carried my weapon up in the air and ready to bring it down and aim on a moments notice. OK Pete, this is what you’ve trained for, get ready, he’s not stopping. I lowered my weapon and pointed it towards him, switching selector switch from SAFE to SEMI. I already tried to warn him with my hand and arm. It’s time. Alright, trigger squeeze, here it goes, this is it. I warned the dude. FIRE! One shot. Bang! The tracer hit the dirt and burned out. Hadji slammed on his brakes. Scared Shitless. I scared the Fuck out of him. I thing he pissed his pants too. That got him to stop. Now he wants to listen.

The car stopped on a moments noticed. Oh, I see how it is, you want to stop now huh? Fuckker! He put his hands up in the air and opened his door. “I TOLD YOU TO FUCKING STOP! STOP!” I yelled at him with my weapon pointed in his direction. One more false move and the dude would’ve been dead. I would’ve killed him. I was ready to take him out. The first shot was a warning shot. The second would’ve been to disable his vehicle if he didn’t stop but he did. If he tried anything stupid he would’ve met his maker. I think he just fucked up though. Stupid Hadji, not paying attention. At that moment I think he was thanking GOD he was still alive and I was thanking GOD that I didn’t kill him. He did what I ordered and didn’t appear to be dangerous besides driving aggressively and putting our lives in danger. I was the one responsible for our safety and I couldn’t compromise that. I had to take him out if he got too close. It’s something I’d just have to do. Alright, stay Hadji, stay. Don’t do anything stupid and we’ll both get away from this ok.

I got the following e-mail from a friend. I’ve seen it before and thought that I should post it here for all to see:

Written by an Australian Dentist... To Kill an American
You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is so they would know when they found one. “An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans. An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, Hindu, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God. An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness. An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country! As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan. Americans welcome the best of everything...the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least. The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists. So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other bloodthirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.”


Blogger Christina said...

What a rush. Bet that got your blood pumping. It's a nice quote you included and thank you too for adding my link to your page...and yes.. :) I know more than one pete..haha.

12/22/2005 9:33 PM  

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