reply to post by KSPigpen
Again, it's not our responsibility how the Afghani's treat Afghani Taliban.
The wounded guy who got shot again? That's called a KIA, and if you're doing your job, you'll do that with great frequency.
Having been in combat and seeing every trick of the trade, I assume that others know what I do.
Here's the deal. If you have a wounded enemy a short distance away, finish it. And after you finish it, you leave him alone. It's very likely he
may have had the presence of mind to pull the pin on a grenade, and while holding the spoon in place, wedge it under him.
So that whoever comes up, and flips him over to either treat him or drag his carcass out of the way, will also become a casualty.
After a firefight, I'd repeat the very same thing my predecessors in the Pacific did. Our Marines would perform a "possum patrol." Shoot and
reshoot every Japanese body they could find to ensure no one was "playing possum."
Frequently, a man would either pretend to be dead, or even temporarily knocked out, and after the Marines had "cleared" the battlefield and relaxed,
come alive again, and kill someone.
It's a prudent move to make sure they're dead.
Dead is good.
Deader is better.
Those things that on the surface may seem cold - are things learned the hard way. They work.
Keep it simple, don't do too much deep thinking, trust your instincts and your brothers, and know that not one dead enemy to date has come back on
two feet to kill anyone.
We had the NVA also wedge live grenades underneath their bodies. I made damn sure that those dead - were dead.
Those that were already dead didn't mind the verification - and those who may have a breath or two, soon didn't mind the verification either.
I can't begin to tell you how many "humanitarian" soldiers get killed because they want to "do the right thing."
The right thing is to kill them in the greatest number, in the greatest concentration, as quickly as you can, as efficiently as you can.
You do that, and you just may get out alive.
But no guarantees.
Just helps your odds.