Dignity

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By James Formosa

They said this is how we beat them. This is how we win.

Lower your weapon. Click the safety. Take a breath.

Place him in handcuffs and take him away.

He shot three of your friends and you have to take him in.

The AK-47 he used is laying in a ditch at the side of the road.

Three lives ended and he gets to surrender. Call a time-out.

It’s hard. It’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

Even though not all killing is murder.

Mercy.

This is how you win.

          
James is an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces currently working on his first novel.

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