SPF: Unresolved Conflicts


The soldiers were given strict instructions not to unnecessarily engage the enemy. If they fired, fire back but proportionally.

There was a ceasefire in place and the naval ships out at sea were supposed to respect it. The enemy didn’t. They had violated this ceasefire for decades, firing deliberately at civilian targets. The border areas were slowly cleared, the yellow lines warning people not to venture any nearer.

But some people refused to leave, others couldn’t afford to. They braved the bullets, as their soldiers died protecting them.

In a cowardly nighttime attack, the enemy killed seven soldiers, while the world watched in criminal silence.

“Mama,” whispered little Fatima, hugging her mother tight, “why doesn’t anyone help us?”

Tears trickled down her mother’s face, who whispered back, “Don’t worry sweetheart, our army doesn’t need any help, they’ll keep us safe.”

Years later, Fatima got the answer to her question. The world supported any country that had the power of money and media behind it. Human lives didn’t matter, investments and trade deals did. The truth was of no value, as long as you could effectively lobby your version of events to ambassadors the world over.

That was when Fatima founded a secret group called, The Warriors. 

Their weak government was ignored, their principled army didn’t stoop to the despicable level of their enemy, their enemy was embraced by the world, left with no other choice, these citizens would now take matters into their own hands.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere – Martin Luther King Jr.

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19 Responses to SPF: Unresolved Conflicts

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Great take on the prompt – and sadly very true about how the world runs today and terrorism is born. Good work, liked it a lot.

    • swritings says:

      Thank you! Yes, sadly a lot of unresolved conflicts that are front page news for one part of the world don’t even make the back pages for the other part and this feeling of injustice inevitably leads to violence.

  2. Harry Writes says:

    I offer critique here on WordPress so as to combat the usually vague comments people receive on their writings.

    Interesting take on the prompt. It’s a little more in-depth than I’ve seen. This is obviously a satire, but there are elements of it that I find a little unbelievable. Even from the first paragraph I was thinking, why on earth would that ever be happening?

    I can see the point you are trying to make – that the world is run by global corporations and terrorism is rife, but the idea of soldiers being commanded not to attack their enemies when they are attacked is…well, unbelievable, even for a dystopian type satire, haha.

    Also, “the world” didn’t allow? I don’t quite get your point there.

    Parts I did enjoy were “criminal silence,” and my realization at the end of your piece that this reads well as an introductory, synopsis type deal for an extended, follow-on story. The Warriors sounds interesting, despite the cliche.

    If you could battle that cliche a little, and tackle the misunderstandings I had throughout, you could have a really nice little introduction here.

    If you want me to read anything else, message my blog, or email me.

    Thanks. H.

    • swritings says:

      Thank you so much for taking time out to write such a detailed response. I mixed subtle references of real life events with fiction in this piece, and the fact that you use the word satire shows how extraordinarily arrogant the history of some conflicts are, that a person unaware of them, would actually think certain facts unbelievable when written down! But that’s the sad world we live in today, when the media does indeed control the narrative and what makes front page news in one part of the world, isn’t worthy even a smidgen of a reference in another.
      I started off by saying that the soldiers were commanded to attack their enemy (if fired upon) but proportionally (so not sure where you got the idea that they were ordered not to do so)
      …”the world” didn’t allow?” Sorry, don’t get what you’re referring to here either. What did the world not allow?
      Point taken about the cliche, though sometimes the most simplest of cliches do hit home, but I get what you mean.
      The story is open to interpretation and I didn’t want to be overly political, but for those aware of the news headlines in this part of the world would pick up on the story line.
      Thanks again for reading and such an in depth reply! Sorry you spent time confused.

  3. Very good story from the image. What made this even more profound for me was that just before I read this, my son came in and mentioned an actor talking about Martin Luther King today.

  4. Delyn Merce says:

    Oh my, this really got to me.

  5. rosemawrites says:

    ” Human lives didn’t matter, investments and trade deals did.”

    Beautifully written. So real. Saddening but real. ❤

  6. Steve Lakey says:

    This story sound all too familiar.

  7. mandibelle16 says:

    Interesting story. And you are very riggtbabout many governments just caring about power, money, influence etc. It’s the saddest thing how human lives are treated as worthless. And Fatima is probably right in some places, the government must be overthrown. Power corrupts as we all know. Let’s hope it does no corrupt The Warriors. Great write!

    • swritings says:

      Yes, unfortunately and ironically, it is all about money, with world leaders not realizing (or ignoring) the fact that their actions indirectly help worsen the situation, with the violence inevitably reaching their shores….As long as Fatima & The Warriors don’t stoop to the level of those they oppose and fight a moral fight, then they can claim to be on the side of justice. …Thanks a lot for your comment! 🙂

  8. Great story. It sounds familiar. This happens so often in the world today. People sadly have no other choice. Good writing. —- Suzanne

    • swritings says:

      Thank you so much! Indeed, when economically strong countries try to bully smaller ones in their region, and the world turns a blind eye, ordinary people get fed up and sadly the situation gets even more dire. Thanks for reading.

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