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His stubby fingers had constant grip on his M16. I have a feeling this guy isn't a nice person. I realized that as soon as we leapt out of our oversized transport helicopter. Our mission was a 'snatch and grab' although

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Pg.1 Imaginative Writing - Harrison Clarke- English Coursework 1992, The American Marines had landed near Mogadishu ahead of UN peace keeping forces sent in to restore order and safeguard relief supplies. Years upon years of fighting had enabled the US marines to take control of Somalia and protect the slaves from Warlord Muhammed Aideed, who had taken many Somalian civilians prisoner. Despite all efforts, reports of squads finding slaves, which have been put in hiding, had been constantly coming in. Due to this I was reassigned to Sergeant Needles squad. He was the classic American Marine, he had unsightly scars crossing his face and a giant Cuban cigar stuck in his jaw. He appeared to be ready for battle at a moments notice. His stubby fingers had constant grip on his M16. I have a feeling this guy isn't a nice person. I realized that as soon as we leapt out of our oversized transport helicopter. Our mission was a 'snatch and grab' although I'm not convinced we achieved it... The guard cried, as the bullets smashed into his body ending his life in seconds. "That's the last one!" I shouted Needles nodded and gave me a smile. ...read more.

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"We've come to free you!" The slave failed to respond. "From your slavery, you're slaves you know." Needles was getting anxious, his stubby fingers latched around the trigger as rage boiled within him. "Why? Are you not a slave?" the slave bravely asked. Needles could not ignore the remark, he raised his weapon. I quickly swatted his weapon to the ground. "No! This isn't what we're here for." I stated. Needles calmed down to what seemed like his normal self. "Not everyone lives like this. You can do whatever you want. You're free!" Needles explained. "You know...free thought, free speech, civil rights!?" Pg.2 The slave became outraged and his arms rose. " Freedom!? Free to be lazy, and be brain-washed by media trash? To abuse welfare at another's expense!" "It's not like that!" Needles shouted. "No more working all day, enough to eat, equality; no more beating, no more violence!" The slave stared at Needles intensely. "To grow fat and lazy, to gorge on food and throw it away while people like us suffer? Here we have enough to eat. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Yes" Needles replied. His cigar was shaking inside his mouth as his blood rushed around his body. "Just say he was caught in the crossfire, and get the rest loaded up." Needles ordered. He put his weapon down; his stubby fingers still latched to the trigger, and took out a new cigar, lit it, and walked out of the building. I stayed in Sergeant Needles squad for two more years until in 1995 the UN decided to leave, having failed to achieve their mission. Today Somalia and the city of Mogadishu have declared unilateral independence and in 2000, Abdulkassim Sulat Hussen was elected President of Somalia. A memorial ceremony, held in Mogadishu took place to commemorate those who fought and died. Sergeant Needles was not there. Needles did not win the argument; he merely could not face the fact that he was wrong. In today's world many innocent people get killed for this very reason. Nobody other than Needles squad and myself knew what happened on that day. I now know why that one slave decided to stand up for what his people believed in and how he tried to save his people from being rescued from 'slavery'. ...read more.

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