Friday, July 13, 2007

Iraq-Bound Soldier Hires Hitman To Shoot Him

Cause he didn't want to get shot in Iraq he hired a hitman to shoot him? I can't seem to wrap my brain around this. That's like lighting yourself on fire to avoid being burned.

The death and destruction of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq seems to have become so rampant to one local soldier that he actually staged an attack on himself -- allegedly hiring a hitman to non-fatally shoot him -- so he wouldn't be sent back for another tour of duty.

Here's the thing though. One, why hire a hitman to shoot you? You don't have friends? I have at least three or four friends who've been dying to shoot me for years. Two, and much more importantly, a lot of the time the difference between a fatal gunshot wound and a non-fatal gunshot wound is luck. Why take the chance?

Now, 20-year-old Jonathan Aponte is under fire at home in the Bronx for his decision that may send him to prison.

That decision is going to haunt him the rest of his days.

"There are some people mentally that can handle it. There are some people who just can't. You need to know when to say enough is enough," Aponte told CBS 2 exclusively Friday.

"And you need to know when to hire a hitman to shoot you so you don't have to go to war." I still can't figure out the logic in this. I mean, hire someone to break your leg, hire someone to cut off your pinky toe or just run off to Canada. But paying to have someone who kills people for a living shoot you and just trust him to "graze" you? Insanity.


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