Sunday Photo Fiction: Double Standards

158 05 May 29th 2016

Dan stared squarely into his captor’s eyes, who had calmly removed his balaclava.

“You see that half destroyed sign on the bridge?” the man suddenly gestured. “That cafe used to serve the best blueberry pies in town.”

“But thanks to your bombs,” he scowled, “not only is it a pile of rubble, but Mrs. Daniel now lies amid the debris of the place she started thirty years ago.”

“Your leaders attacked us, we were just defending ourselves,” Dan blurted.

“This was the same government your country armed and supported for over a decade!” he snapped.

He tapped his weapon, “See this? Made in your homeland. Now you come in guns blazing, killing us like animals, should we sit back and do nothing?”

“We’re fighting for democracy!” Dan shot back.

He raised his brows in mock surprise, tapped on his cell phone and held it out.

“A list of undemocratic leaders given a red-carpet welcome in your country,”

Dan stiffened.

“War based on lies inevitably makes both sides guilty,” his captor grimaced.

“Let’s go. My brother is in one of your prison camps. Let’s hope your government agrees to negotiate with us, terrorists,” he said, making air quotes, “for your sake.”

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12 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction: Double Standards

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    A frightening piece S. It sounds as if it could be very true. So sad the line: “War based on lies inevitably makes both sides guilty.” It makes me think. I think the captor is right. In war are there any winners? Is any one side in war just? Sometimes it seems obvious but there are always cases where it isn’t when war is concerned. Great write!

    • swritings says:

      Indeed, when the intention behind any act, not necessarily war, is hypocritical, the results will be chaotic with the innocent suffering. The captor was right to a certain extent, because if he uses an unfair war to justify crossing the line, then he too is guilty. It all depends on individuals, you have to have the courage to stay on the right path, no matter the pressure or the circumstances, otherwise, you’re no better than the bad guy….War can be waged justly keeping the rules in mind, but if the basis of the war is flawed, then justice is negated from the get go, and all sides suffer.

      • mandibelle16 says:

        There is wrong and right. Regardless of individual, I think we know when we are doing something wrong, with are conscience. There are times Hingis are not so white and black but I believe the terrorist kidnapping, is wrong. He might have been wrong but there is also such a thing as forgiveness and rising above a situation. Which would be morally right. Thanks S.

      • swritings says:

        You’re right, our conscience is what prods us to discern good from bad and if you cross the line you are wrong, no matter how you try to justify it. Absolutely agree with forgiveness and doing what’s morally right, which is something our leaders need to learn. Thanks for your insightful comment! ☺

  2. Dahlia says:

    A very topical story and one that forces one to think – no doubt for Dan’s sake we can hope the government listens but for the greater good and long term implications of giving in to terrorist’s demands (even if they are justified) is a matter of debate and discussion. Thank you for an interesting theme.

    • swritings says:

      A dilemma indeed. But I’m sure if Dan was the son of a powerful senator, then the implications wouldn’t matter and he’d make sure the terrorist’s demands are met…then of course you have the double standards of one man’s terrorist is the other man’s freedom fighter…so one would wonder who is the real terrorist…like you said, a matter of deep discussion and contemplation. Thank you for reading! 🙂

  3. athling2001 says:

    Great story. I am surprised how many of the stories deal with ‘war’ in one way or another – over or because of pies! Love your twist.

  4. Felicia Hf says:

    Great take on the prompt! Definitely a piece that calls for a lot of debate. I’m hoping for Dan’s sake that the government does negotiate with them…

  5. War is terrible The innocent and guilty suffer alike. Many innocents die becoming what is termed collateral damage. Right and wrong seem to become muddled. Well written, SW. —- Suzanne

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