Whether it’s landing on the beaches of Normandy or just riding on a train in Paris, Americans know how to kick ass.
An Islamic terrorist opened fire on a French train this past Friday evening, wounding 2 people, and fortunately for the travelers, there were three Americans along for the ride. Two active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Alek Skarlatos, a member of the National Guard in Oregon, and Spencer Stone of the U.S. Air Force and one other brave American civilian, Anthony Sadler, subdued the terrorist before he could complete his plan of mass carnage.
The trio wrestled the man to the ground, where Stone reportedly beat the man unconscious. Stone suffered cuts to his hand and another American was wounded by a gunshot to the shoulder.
The terrorist has been identified as 25-year-old Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani. It is said that he pleaded to get his weapon back, instead receiving a knock- out blow, as described earlier.
El Khazzani recently visited Syria and was known to both Spanish and French intelligence services. According to French media, the gunman claims he found the weapons in a park in Belgium–an AK-47, a handgun and multiple clips and rounds of ammunition. He claimed that his intent was simply to rob the train.
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Imagine the odds of finding that weaponry sitting on a park bench, coinciding with this want of this worshipper of the religion of peace to rob a train. That’s serendipity!
The French government praised the Americans bravery in stopping the terrorist attack as reported in The Guardian:
“The French president François Hollande’s office said in a statement on Saturday that he would meet those who helped to thwart the attack at the Élysée palace to express France’s gratitude.
The mayor of Arras (France) praised the extraordinary reflexes of the Americans and awarded them special medals overnight. “I wanted them to feel recognition not only from the city but also from French people in general and from all people who are against terrorism,” he said. “We avoided the worst, but the situation was tough, for them and for everyone.”
President Obama praised the Americans, releasing a statement saying:
“It is clear that their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy.”
There is no doubt that what these three Americans did prevented further tragedy from the Islamic extremist. We will never know how many lives were saved. It should be noted that the guns used by the Islamist terrorist were NOT legal. Also, the gun-toting Americans had no guns. They simply had the will to attack the crazy Muslim, regardless of the circumstances.
Kudos to these men for representing what Americans do daily around the world. From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. Let this be a lesson to the Muslims. If we can take them without guns and not on our turf, consider what we can do to them with our guns in America.