For some bizarre reason French President Hollende called President Obama to think him for the heroics of the three American passengers on a high-speed train in Belgium who stopped a knuckle-dragging Islamic radical from committing terrorism. At the first sign of trouble French employees on the train locked that particular car to isolate the terrorist essentially imprisoning all the people in that part of the train. Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone took immediate action to subdue the slug and their childhood friend Anthony Sadler helped beat the terrorist into unconsciousness. That type of bravado is common in people born free in a society that advocates that kind of behavior. Stone additionally had military training in the Air Force whereas Skarlatos was from the National Guard. But their heroics was home-grown in spite of President Obama’s attempts over the years to turn America more into France with collectivist endeavor and passive approaches to danger.
Obama if he had things his way would have done as the French employees did, and that would have been to sacrifice the members of that particular train car so to save the rest of the passengers—which is a collectivist mentality. Hollende is an open socialist who somehow believed that Obama had something to do with the heroics by some American policy, just as he spoke on behalf of all France for thanking the three American heroes from saving their progressive country from their own failed policies. Europe is breeding these terrorist idiots because of their lack of a philosophy that is centered on individuality. A collective based society, which France is, is not far off ideologically from the collectivism of radical Islam, so these young religious fanatics like this terrorist on the train can feed off society’s passivity. In this case it was 26 year-old Ayoub El-Khazzani from Morocco who had been on a French intelligence watch list since February of 2014. Somebody obviously missed the fact that the Islamic terrorist had bought a ticket for the high-speed train complete with bags of weapons. Not a very effective watch list. El-Khazzani had been radicalized in the southern Spanish city of Algecians at a mosque which had been under surveillance due to its extremist teachings.
Obviously there were a lot of fails, El-Khazzani slipped through security, the French employees on the train behaved like a bunch of wimps leaving a couple of American guys trying to have a good time in Europe to quell all the failures with their bravado. The heroic actions are something to feel good about for all Americans—but I would remind everyone that it’s also expected. That’s not to take anything away from what they did, it’s just that America shouldn’t be the only culture on earth with some testicular fortitude left in its up and coming heroes. This kind of thing should be a lot more common—specifically, somebody should have kicked the snot out of Ayoub El-Khazzani way back in Spain well before he ever got on a train in Amsterdam.
Collectivism in every aspect breeds the kind of cowardly behavior that made Ayoub El-Khazzani possible and put him on a train to inflict danger to innocent people. France, and essentially all of Europe functions under that same brand of collectivism as a culture believing that the needs of the few must be sacrificed for the benefit of the many. That’s why French employees isolated that train car—to protect the rest of the train. Such people make easy targets which empowers radicals seeking to impose their version of collectivism on the masses. Lucky for the French in this case, there were Americans nearby to stop the furtherance of such terror.
This brings us back around to why the socialist President Hollende would even call Obama. I can understand him thanking the guys who stopped the terrorist attack. But why would he even think to call Obama—as if the American president had done anything to contribute to the endeavor. That is an insult to the heroics of the young men. Rather, they behaved heroically in spite of Obama’s efforts in creating a socialist utopia hell-bent on extreme leftist political positions. Those young men went to American schools which teach socialism these days, but thankfully they had a love for American film and had in their minds a little heroics put there by an art that still relishes individualism. I saw a picture of one of the boys with their mom which featured Clint Eastwood from the Fist Full of Dollars films. Probably not a coincidence.
It is good to see the young men so happy after they discovered that they wouldn’t die from their heroics. I’m sure Spencer Stone would not trade his nearly severed thumb right now for a comfortable night in a Paris hotel, and without question Alek Skarlatos is proud of the blood on his shirt and may never wash it again just so he can remember it. This is something that President Hollende and Obama do not understand about this terrorist attack. Sure the young men saved lives, yes the terrorist son-of-a-bitch nearly shot Stone and luckily the gun was jammed. But those young men are happy to have proven themselves under duress and that is something they will live with for the rest of their lives—and it will carry them all to lofty highest for which no amount of money can ever provide. The injuries Stone endured he will tell this story proudly each time he gets the opportunity. Most young men would trade these three, even with the possibility of death, for a chance to feel what they are feeling right now—and that is a foreign concept to Hollende—obviously. Those guys didn’t attack that terrorist thug for any other reason than raw heroics—the need to do what was right. They didn’t do it to save France from the embarrassment of another terrorist attack by Islamic radicals. They did it because it felt good to act heroically rather than cower like a chicken in a seat trapped by French employees to seal their fate awaiting an afterlife—totally at the mercy of a 26-year-old Moroccan who wanted to kill innocents in the name of Allah. Being a hero is the best feeling in the world. It’s worth doing even if death is the result—because no young man wants to be condemned to a lifetime of suffering knowing they were too wimpy to face down danger when it presented itself.
I’m proud of those boys, but they didn’t do it for me, America, or France. They did the right thing because it felt good to do. All it took was for Alek Skarlatos to tell his friend to get the terrorist, and those guys in that moment got the monkey off their back which plagues all young men—the nagging question of whether or not under a dangerous situation they would have the courage to act heroically. And thanks to a radical Islamic terrorist, those American heroes can now carry with them a badge of honor that will last a lifetime. And they deserve to be proud of it. Because in American culture we still have as a standard that an individual life lived under the cloak of a coward is far worse than death. And young men, and old in America because of their focus on individuality—still know that when such an opportunity presents itself—you do what you have to in order to remove that cloak from personal identification forever.