DAY 951 - OCTOBER 15, 2013

You hold the rifle with the butt against the ground and watch as the ISIS members manhandle the elderly Sheikh Yousef. They stuff him into the middle seat of the technical and soon they are gone, leaving only the boy, who started the abduction, alone on the street. As you stand by the window, gun loaded, you now know that all hope in this world is lost and then, for a moment, you think perhaps this rifle, the loaded rifle you hold in your hand, would be best used on yourself.