A sniper usually aims for the head and the spine, and that’s where he hits. But in some cases the sniper enjoys what he does. He hits the leg, then the second leg and sometimes the shoulder. In the end, he delivers the mercy shot. It is considered “merciful” because it ends the physical suffering of the person being shot. This was quite common during the 2011 Libyan Civil War. Forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi often used this tactic while hiding in high rise buildings of the cities. And I guess this would had been common in other parts of the world too. In my wildest of thoughts, I even think armies of the democratic world, who step up to interfere in other countries, do this too! But I am not sure about them, so I won’t say they do.
Wikipedia says that in many countries where people are hanged, they are sometimes given a mercy shot once they start suffering from pain. Though, many a times this mercy is not shown as the crime committed is way too heinous.
The mercy shots in wars made me think about the mercy shots we give to ourselves, and to people around us. Forced and forced by people in a situation, till they let it off. Or force and force someone, till we think to let it off. Continue reading “the mercy shot”