Three unknown Americans improved the relationship between our country and France more than a score of diplomats. The action of two military servicemen and their friend foiled the attempt of an Islamic terrorist to carry out a massacre on a train speeding from Amsterdam to Paris. Each American was a hero in his own special way.
The lone wolf Islamic terrorist was about to spray the train with an AK-47 when that familiar American refrain, “Let’s go” (variation on 9/11’s Let’s roll), spurred three Americans to move forward in the face of possible gunfire to tackle the terrorist, hit him until unconscious and then tie him up.
The Americans, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, were textbook heroes and were treated as such, appearing before the President of France to receive the distinguished Legion of Honor award. And like a true hero, they displayed the typical humility of the profession, downplaying their deeds and calling them “an act of survival.”
At a time when our sports legends lie and cheat, and our politicians seem even more questionable, it is refreshing to see the selflessness promulgated by our culture as a model for today’s youth. Their actions seemed even more predestined when they described their decision to move to another car because of poor wi-fi. That placed them directly in the terrorist’s path, and they acted accordingly.
It’s a rare piece of good news for our country that has been beset with such turmoil in foreign and domestic affairs.