Date: 09/10/2012 1:18 PM Title: Chapter 1
I think you did a brilliant job with this. I have a very good friend that was a Marine and was sent to Iraq. He saw things there that no one should ever be party to, and he was fucked up over it for a long, long time. Part of him always will be, I am sure. It's been over ten years ago and he's just now getting back to a semblance of the person he was before he was deployed.
Date: 09/10/2012 1:22 AM Title: Chapter 1
I wonder what the Vulcan council would have Starfleet do when another race is enslaved and asks for help?
I'm not a christian but they have this book which is really good for quotes when you need them; the one that springs to mind right now with regard to Vulcans is "Judge not lest ye be judged" Beautifully written conflicted Spock by the way.
Author's Response: Well, let's just say I have ignored "Enterprise" canon completely, it doesn't fit with my head canon for Vulcans XD . I personally believe that the Vulcan council would debate for a peaceful solution that wouldn't cost any lives. In TOS Kirk once told Spock something along the lines of "you might have to kill. will you be okay with that?" and was rather concerned about Spock possibly having to do that (it was a very sweet, if brief, exchange). I think on an occupied planet Vulcans would probably advocate Ghandi style peaceful protests. Or exploring all possible options before intervening with weapons, maybe carefully balancing lives that would be lost from Klingons killing people on the planet vs. how many lives would be lost through the intervention... Glad you liked it, thank you!
Date: 09/09/2012 9:11 PM Title: Chapter 1
Hes an officer, he made a choice and he bears the scars of that. Wow.
I'm glad he can still move forward.
Author's Response: Thank you for your review! It is the sad truth that many find it hard to move on. The suicide rate amongst veterans is so high that far, far more lives are lost through them committing suicide than on the battlefield itself. I think, 25 times more.
Date: 09/09/2012 8:06 PM Title: Chapter 1
Just finished 8 lives down it reminded me of a discussion with a US solider about to be redeployed to Iraq, his girlfriend and he had split up and he was heading back to a war he did not get. It doesn't matter much why what did matter was that there were US army and British defusing bombs that various factions were using to hurt each other. No army more dead. Those men did their work almost thanklessly and their families suffered but there are a lot of Iraqi children alive because they did their job regardless of politics.
Those who have faced the choice of kill or be killed are the only ones who have a right to speak on these issues. Thank you for a very thought provoking piece.
Author's Response: Thank you for your kind review. Many do indeed judge others without even talking to them and understanding. Or they make sweeping statements condemning the actions, but not the soldiers - not realising, because they have put no thought into it, that those who carried out those actions see that as completely incompatible. As Spock says in my story, "he wouldn't just follow orders." That was an excuse used by Nazi soldiers.
Date: 09/09/2012 7:58 PM Title: Chapter 1
I like this very much :) It is a touchy topic, but what the vulcan children were obviously forgetting is the fact that the Klingons knew what they had signed up for too.
I like your evaluation of Spock - it works!
Author's Response: it is a very tough subject, i'm glad this piece worked for you and that you felt Spock was in-character.
Date: 09/09/2012 4:21 PM Title: Chapter 1
Very well done. I agree with Spocks sentiment 100%. Shame on those who treat our military with anything less than the utmost respect.
Author's Response: thank you for your kind review! very glad the story worked for you.