The Paris Train & Iran What Happens When Americans lead & when they don’t

Samwise: Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam?
Samwise: There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers 2002

We’ve heard a lot about the Americans who stopped a terrorist on a French train, but we’ve not heard much about the Brit involved. Via Ace of Spades we have now:

“My first reaction was to sit down and hide. Then I heard an American say, ‘Go get him’. I decided it was really the only chance, to act as a team and try to take down the assailant.

“My thought was, I’m probably going to die anyway, so let’s go. I’d rather die being active, trying to get him down, than simply sit in the corner and be shot.”

“Either you sit down and you die, or you get up and you die. It was really nothing more then that,” he said.

Additionally we now know that unlike the initial reports that stated all the Americans involved were US Marines, it turns out one was an Air Force medic, one a national guards man and the third an American civilian.

But the most significant part of the story is this:

And it’s a good thing that the Americans stepped in because the early reports indicate that the staff on the train turned and fled like sheep when the trouble started, barricading themselves in their staff room and leaving the passengers to fend for themselves.

The lesson here is simple, unless someone is willing to lead the bad guys win.

And that takes us to the Iran deal.

America under Barack Obama, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and the democrats KNOW who and what Iran is.  But they understand that the only way to stop Iran is to be willing to act which involves political will and angering their base which frankly doesn’t care if Iran wipes Israel from the face of the earth.

Thus their priority is not to stop Iran, it’s to provide an excuse for not stopping (shades of the classic “four stage strategy”) in such a way that when Iran actually gets nukes, they can feign shock and surprise.

That the dirty little secret, and the difference between the Iran deal and the French Train.

The Americans on the French Train acted, understood the personal risk involved in trying to stop him and was willing to take those personal risks it to protect innocent life.

The American pols pushing the Iran deal don’t want to act. They understand stopping Iran involves no physical risk for them but contains political risk within their party, and they are unwilling to take that political risk to protect innocent life.

So when you see our media rightly lionize those who stood up and fought an individual jihadi, take note of the irony that the same media is doing all it can to help the president enable a nations jihad against Israel and the world.

Update: Great minds and all that…

Fear is contagious. But so is courage. People should respond not like a herd of sheep but like a pack of wolves. When the follow-up report on the 2001 attacks came out, J.B. Schramm noted in The Washington Post that “on Sept. 11, 2001, American citizens saved the government, not the other way around.” Intelligence agencies failed. Air defense systems failed. But: “Requiring less time than it took the White House to gather intelligence and issue an attack order (which was in fact not acted on), American citizens gathered information from national media and relayed that information to citizens aboard the flight, who organized themselves and effectively carried out a counterattack against the terrorists, foiling their plans. Armed with television and cellphones, quick-thinking, courageous citizens who were fed information by loved ones probably saved the White House or Congress from devastation.”

Too bad the government doesn’t have that courage on Iran.


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