yeah i can understand not wanting to smash it to pieces. throwing out the window is close, i might have done that. OR, i might have taken it in the hallway, knocked on someone's door and ran....
one time i put a mouse in a bucket of bleach at my work. talk about cruel, but thats what my boss told me to do.
i dont think i could smash it myself though, with like a book...thats pretty tough.
and yes its pretty ironic that you were in iraq and now you have to deal with a mouse.