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Review of chapter "Without Malice" from EnergyBeing
Hmm. Well, this is interesting - I hadn't thought about Buffy reacting like that, though of course it makes sense. It even inspires a plot bunny, which I might even write at some point. Thanks for writing.
Comments from author:
I just went with the fact that she coped (as did Cordy), and I backtracked from there... I am glad it seems plausible for a 'missing scene' kind of fic. I look forward to seeing what you write. I'd love it if you gave me a head's up when the time comes. I'll try to look out for it.

Review By [EnergyBeing] • Date [7 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Without Malice" from burmafrdnow
over the years I have worked with many soldiers; over the last ten years many veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Very few of them have a lot of problems with killing those trying to kill them.

What gets to them is the death of their friends and fellow soldiers.

Killing is the second most natural act that Humans do. Been doing it for thousands of years.


Get off your high horse. And stop acting like you actually are some kind of expert.

Fact is that humans have killed humans for thousands of years. You think you know better?

Don't make me laugh.

And by the way I HAVE SERVED.

And I have talked with literally hundreds of veterans from WW2 to Desert Storm and beyond.

So frankly I know a whole lot more about this then YOU do.

I am a historian that has worked with museums that are dedicated to honoring veterans.

So DON"T act like you know squat.

The PTSD comes from the tension and stress of being deployed in a combat area. Does not help that fully 20% of those deployed are already being medicated BEFORE they are sent over. Which frankly is a crime as far as I am concerned.

So do some research before embarrassing yourself again.
Comments from author:
I don't think you're qualified to speak for soldiers as a group, particularly as you haven't served.

One only has to look at the toll of war in terms of psychological dislocation of significant numbers of returning service members to understand that war has various costs -- suicide, addiction and years lost in depression and PTSD. While losing friends is doubtless the most painful experience, unless one is responsible for a friend's death, actually TAKING a life is a very significant act that is very different from GRIEF.

Losing a person as a result of someone else's act is very different from CHANGING who you are as you do when you kill.

Show me someone who truly feels nothing from killing, and I'll show you a *sociopath*.

When one realizes that upwards of 1/3 of the homeless people in this country at any given time are veterans, and a lot of that has to do with psychological problems and addictions secondary to PTSD, it is strongly suggestive that whatever someone may say in a moment of bravado -- that they don't feel anything when they kill the 'enemy' -- that the truth is actually a lot more complicated.

Thou shall not kill is still the most fundamental rule that the majority of people are taught. When you aim at an enemy and pull the trigger, you're going against some very fundamental instincts.

Just because people have been killing doesn't make it 'natural'. We're actually the only creature that habitually kills our own kind.

That ain't natural, not even when it becomes necessary.

Only sociopaths truly feel nothing when they kill.


You may need to stop fighting so hard to be 'right' about EVERYTHING. You aren't.

I've spoken to people who DID serve who DON'T feel as you do.

Regardless of your experience, however extensive it is, it is not the ONLY experience. I wrote about ONE person and had military people validate what I wrote.

Yours is NOT the only valid perspective.

You don't have to see things the way I do (or other soldiers do) and I don't have to see things the way you do. It's the way of the world that we don't all experience it the same way.

I will ask you to stop with the ad hominem attacks. It's OK to disagree with me, but it's not OK to attack. People are DIFFERENT. They don't all behave as you want them to and berating and insulting me will not make it so.

Further: If you don't like my writing, stop reading it and leave me the hell alone. If you do like my writing, feel free to read and even to disagree, but please don't keep with the attacks. If you do, I'll just stop responding to ALL your reviews.

Please stop being so RUDE. Such unbecoming conduct is unnecessary and accomplishes nothing.

Please remember that yours is not the only opinion out there. Wanting will not make it so.
Review By [burmafrdnow] • Date [4 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Without Malice" from Misty
Wow! You did it again, you blew me away. Thank you & totally agree re 'A Different Future'.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much. Very much appreciate your support. yes, ADF is a great series!

Review By [Misty] • Date [3 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Without Malice" from (Current Donor)Cordyfan
A very well-written piece. It does seem unlikely that Buffy wouldn't have been at least somewhat introspective over this, the first time she'd been responsible for helping humans - albeit wanted murderers - to kill each other.

Glad I could provide a little inspiration and many thanks for the compliments.

Thanks for writing this
Comments from author:
Thank you for your inspiration and your kind remarks.

I am glad that you think that I captured something realistically. It's my experience that other than sociopaths, human beings are conscious of the gravity of taking a life, or of causing a death. Someone as caring as Buffy was and as young as she was would find this gave her pause, even as she moved forward.


Review By [(Current Donor)Cordyfan] • Date [3 Jan 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Without Malice" from batzulger
Amazing and very accurate.
Comments from author:
Thank you. Sadly, warriors carry some ugly wounds and the worst are seldom physical.

Review By [batzulger] • Date [3 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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