February 20, 2005

A Candle in the Dark

Someone recently returning from Iraq, showing his memorabilia.

Including a 5.56 bullet for emergencies.

Ok, suicide [in the event one is kidnapped by the enemy, and doesn't want one's death video to be a best seller]. Needs to be quick, can't be stopped by the enemy, preferably painless.

Bullet: advantages
Relatively sure, as long as you're using a handgun and pointing in the correct direction [I've seen a couple of failed suicide attempts where the person shot up instead of back, thus taking out some forebrain and the optic nerves [and a good chunk of face]].
If you've got a gun and a bullet, why not take one of the bastards instead of you?

Knife: advantages
Somewhat sure, assuming you know your anatomy and can go through with STABBING YOURSELF IN THE HEART.
This might be somewhat difficult, likely to be at least briefly painful. If the sight of blood makes you queasy, the sight of your heart's blood gushing on the floor is likely to make for a bad couple of minutes.

Poison: advantages
Depends on the poison. Could be quick, sure, painless [or at least brief].
Getting your hands on the right poison could be difficult. Likely to be uncertain.

There are likely to be some possibilities I'm missing in a combat zone. Grenade? [I suspect uncertain]. The equivalent to suicide by cop?

Hmm. This is not likely to get my blog out of the "weird" section.

Hat tip: Beatiful Atrocities.

Posted by Owlish at February 20, 2005 10:37 PM | TrackBack
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