Piece the story together for yourself in realtime as if you were there and replay the mission from different perspectives:
YOU are a Navy SEAL. This is not your first rodeo but you’ve got a nagging feeling it might be your last. Your thoughts jump to your wife son and the day you left home without giving anything away about the mission you were about to embark upon. You shift focus to the task at hand. The outside of the compound looks strikingly like the mock-ups you’ve been training on for months but you have no idea what's behind the doors. Booby-traps, trip wires, suicide vests? You’ve prepared for the worst but hope for the best. This is just another mission but you know there’s a lot more than your life riding on this one. Of the 20+ people living the compound the majority are children under the age of 15 and of the adults more than half are women.
YOU are a wife and mother asleep in bed next to your husband when you are woken by an an un-godly noise from above and a force that shakes your home. Your first thought is of your infant who sleeps in the room with you. The nightmare you have lived with everyday has now come true. If it was a drone you’d be dead already. It must be soldiers. Americans. You are prepared to martyr yourself and your children but you regret that you will probably never know who in your immediate family betrayed your husbands location. You turn to him and are surprised to see he is frozen in fear. He tells you to take the children and leave but you chose to stand firm.
YOU are the most powerful man in the world with the largest and most technologically advanced military force at your disposal. You have teams of advisors, each of whom has brought a lifetime of experience and expertise to your table, but the final decision was yours and your alone. Now you sit and watch the live drone feed as the carefully constructed plan evaporates before it has even begun as one of the helicopters crash lands in the compound. For the next next 20 mins you are powerless as the lives of US soldiers, innocent civilians and your whole life’s work hangs in the balance. If ever there was a single decision that would define your Presidency, this could be it.
YOU are the man they have come for. For five years you have been a prisoner in your own home. Having spent most of your life evading detection the possibility of violent death has always been present but nevertheless remained abstract. In this moment you have a high degree of certainty that you are about to die. You are afraid for yourself and fear that everything you have devoted your life to could be eradicated. But more than this you fear for your young children and wife in the room with you. Your treasured snub-nosed AK47 is within arms reach. You are resigned to death but in this moment you are surprised that you do not want your loved ones to share your fate.