So a couple of weeks ago I was watching a documentary about British soldiers in Iraq, I actually started watching half way in when this story was running so I have missed some of the details, one part however stuck very clearly in my mind. A soldier is on screen talking, he'd describing clearing houses out in Iraq whilst fighting insurgents, I gather he's already shot one in the head at close range and has become separated from his group when he literally runs into an Iraqi fighter, they both fall to the floor grappling and punching each other in the face/neck/groin/wherever they can reach. The soldier tries to clear his sidearm in the midst of the fight but as he's trying to bring it to bear it gets knocked out of his hands/he abandons it as he can't get the shot off, he manages to roll atop his opponent and stuns him with a flurry of blows as the Iraqi fighter tries to reach up and claw at his face, the soldier knocks aside the other guys arms and puts his thumbs into his opponents eyes. Heres the bit that made me take note though, the British soldier says he couldn't bring himself to finish the job off, his hands simply won't dig in to the other mans eyes. The soldier talks, looking a bit distressed, about the feel of the eye's under his thumbs and the fact that he simply couldn't bring himself to do it. At his point the Iraqi manages to roll the soldier off him, as he's being rolled over the soldier manages to clear his knife or the Iraqis, not sure which, and stabs the guy in the back with it, he stabs the insurgent several more times including getting him in the neck and groin IIRC and rolls on top whilst doing this but as he tries to stand up the Insurgent bites him in the crotch, the Brit proceeds to ram the knife up under the base of the guys jaw into his brain, killing him. The soldier then goes on to retrieve his rifle and kill at least one more insurgent in the close range firefight. I think he got a medal for what he did but not sure what. So why couldn't he bring himself to gouge the eyes out? He's in a fight for his life, has already killed a man and goes on to kill another and has tried to kill his opponent with strikes and a pistol, he stabs his opponent repeatedly to end the fight as well. I wonder then, do we have some inbuilt, very strong restraint against attacking people's eyes? It might make sense from an evoloutionary stand point. I also wonder if anyone else thinks they could bring themselves to gouge out someones eyes after hearing this story? I know I don't think I can but what are other people's opinions?