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Old November 9, 2018, 10:00 PM   #23
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Shooting a prisoner of war under those circumstances is over the top. Askins was not being attacked. He stalked the prisoner and shot him in cold blood. Confronting him and shooting him if he blinked before dropping the hammer, so be it. Hanging him for sabotage if the circumstances supported it, fine. Killing him and casually walking away, while seeming to take pleasure in his shot placement and the resulting painful death is not the action of a hero. I think this passage makes JohnKSa's point that his matter of fact description of the killing is the writing of a very disturbed man if true.
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