I am haunted by everything I have done. I have shot women in the back. I've blown men's brains out over their wives. I've made children watch their parents bleed out in the street. I did these things because it was explained to me that America would not remain safe otherwise. These are the hard choices. And make no mistake, I will go to my grave regretting the horror I have spread. But I am not a monster because I kill. Killing is easy. I am a monster because I accept the hard choices. I am a monster because I see that my actions in the service of my people will cause nothing but terror and pain. And I do them anyway. I am very good at terror and pain.
Hello. My name is Paul Moses. The pair of you ordered my death. Thank you for your names. Whatever I am, I became at the behest of this country and the CIA. If I am a monster -- and I was a very quiet, loyal monster -- then I am quite definitely your monster. All I asked for, when I retired, was to be left alone, to try and find a way to live with myself. I promised my silence and my retirement, and you promised me peace. You have decided to break your promise, for reasons I neither know nor care about. Therefore, I am making you a new promise. I promise you that everyone at the CIA who knows my name is going to die.
I kill people, you damn fool. I don't threaten. I don't pose. I don't play. I kill people. That's all I do. That's all I've done since I was nineteen years old. I can either hide and do nothing, or kill. You wouldn't let me hide. The people who come after you need to know what happens when I can't hide.
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