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Death of an Ideal

Death of an Ideal

by HF Slasher

Rating: G
Disclaimer: Alas, but I don't own the boys. If I did, I'd get you guys to write some scripts and we'd have us a nice, slashy series on the air.
Warnings: spoilers for the trial arc in the beginning of fifth season. Apparent deaths of main characters (but not really).
Summary: Amy writes an op-ed piece after the Team's execution.


Death of an Ideal
by Amy Amanda Allen

The world is just a little bit colder tonight, as we say goodbye to three courageous men: Lt Col John "Hannibal" Smith, Lt Templeton "Faceman" Peck, and Sgt BA "Bad Attitude" Baracus, otherwise known as the A Team. The three men were executed by firing squad early this morning for the alleged murder of a man who was himself a traitor to his country.

As I write these words, even though I know them to be the truth, I can barely believe them. The A Team were the good guys, despite the allegations against them. As Col Smith once put it, they "were the guys in the white hats," even though they didn't look like it. As many of you know, I was privileged to be a part of the Team, at least for a while. For two years I traveled with them and helped them as they helped other people. And they did help people. They sided with the weak and oppressed, the helpless, against those more powerful than they, even though they were hunted for an alleged crime: robbing the Bank of Hanoi on orders from a superior officer. For over ten years, as they tried to do their part for truth, justice and the American way, they were hounded by the military police. Several officers made it their personal mission to try to catch the Team, but to no avail; they were just no match for the A Team.

In many ways, the A Team personified the true American spirit; they were the underdogs, yet they emerged victorious from fight after fight against foes that had defeated everyone else. Their adversaries ranged from mobsters to convicted felons on the run to greedy, rich men trying to ruin the lives of anyone who opposed them. They defeated drug smugglers and gun runners. And they always stood up for the little guy, the people who couldn't get justice any other way.

How were these men, these "good guys" thanked by their country? They were hounded from place to place, unable to set down roots, and ultimately they were executed. The charges against them ring false to those who knew them. I for one refuse to believe that the A Team murdered anyone. During the time that I worked with them, they were careful to *not* hurt anyone, no matter how sleazy the slimebag. They went out of their way to shoot out tires, when they could easily have shot to kill. Lesser men might have killed, but not the A Team. Each member of the Team was a trained soldier and sharpshooter, American Special Forces at their best. Yet I say they were not killers.

Goodbye, my friends. You will be sorely missed, for there are none who can replace you.


Death of an Ideal by HF Slasher

 

 


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