So today, this happened!!!!
Off-duty members of the U.S. military subdued a gunman “known to intelligence services” after he opened fire, injuring three aboard on a high-speed train en route to Paris from Amsterdam Friday.
Three U.S. servicemen were on board the train and overpowered the man when the train stopped in the northern French city of Arras, 115 miles north of Paris, French media reported. Some reports said the men were U.S. Marines but that could not be confirmed.
Passengers on the train subdued the gunman and prevented further carnage, said Christophe Piednoel, spokesman for national railway operator SNCF. The train was then diverted to Arras, where police arrested the suspect, Piednoel said on French television i-Tele.
The suspect was arrested after the train stopped in Arras, 115 miles north of Paris, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet said on French television BFM. Passengers were evacuated and police have secured the area.
The man was armed with an automatic rifle and a knife, Piednoel said.
The suspect is a 26-year-old Moroccan, Alliance police union official Sliman Hamzi said on French television i-Tele.
The victims were identified as an American, a Briton and a Frenchman. Earlier reports said two American service members were among the injured. Two of the victims were in critical condition, according to a statement from the office of President Francois Hollande.
“The situation is under control, the travelers are safe. The train stopped and the emergency services are on site,” Thalys, the train operator, tweeted.
Aug. 21: A Thalys train of French national railway operator, SNCF, stands at the main train station in Arras, northern France, after a gunman opened fire injuring three people. (AP)
The attack took place while the train was passing through Belgium, according to a statement from Hollande’s office. The statement said he spoke with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and the two leaders pledged to cooperate closely on the investigation.
Two of the victims were considered to be seriously injured, the French state rail company SNCF said, according to French wire service AFP. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is on his way to the scene. Passengers were evacuated and police have secured the area.
The motivation for the attack is unknown, officials said. AFP cited French officials saying the suspect is “known to intelligence services.”
Investigators from France’s special anti-terror police are leading the investigation, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
A White House official told Fox News that President Obama was briefed on the incident Friday evening:
“The President’s thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims of this attack, and he wishes them speedy and full recoveries,” the official said.
“Echoing the statements of French authorities, the President expressed his profound gratitude for the courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including U.S. service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker. While the investigation into the attack is in its early stages, it is clear that their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy. We will remain in close contact with French authorities as the investigation proceeds.”
Apparently, the servicemen heard the noise of a gun being charged, and reacted. Dirk has given us many links to the story here.
Yeh, we don’t know his “motivation”, but, he is a Moroccan, and, France’s special anti-terror police are leading the investigation.
These are US heroes and should be praised and promoted in the military. …………. But, that’s not what we do for our heroes in the US military. We degrade them and run them out. Were it not for the publicity given by foreign nations, this is what would have befallen these heroes …….
The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident.
The case of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland now has the attention of Congress, with Rep. Duncan Hunter writing to Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenging the decision.
“I am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case,” Hunter, R-Calif., wrote in a letter to Carter.
Martland is described by many of his teammates as the finest soldier they have ever served alongside.
But his Army career changed course during his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. After learning an Afghan boy was raped and his mother beaten, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander they had trained, armed and paid with U.S. taxpayer dollars. When the man laughed off the incident, they physically confronted him.
They were punished by the Army at the time — but why exactly Martland is now being discharged is a matter of dispute. Army sources cited his accolades, including being named runner-up for 2014 Special Warfare Training Group Instructor of the Year from a pool of 400 senior leaders in Special Forces, in questioning the decision.
As for the incident in 2011, Hunter told Carter: “To intervene was a moral decision, and SFC Martland and his Special Forces team felt they had no choice but to respond.”
Casey, a former Green Beret teammate who would only use his first name since he is now a member of a federal counterterrorism team, told Fox News, “If I was a commander, I would have given him an award. They saved that kid’s life.” ……
There’s more to read on that story at the link, but, this is where we’re at.
Sure, outwardly, they’re going give those guys props. But, if even one of them says “thank God!!!” … they’re gone. Even if they’re not Christians, they had the Christian ethos.
Now, in this country, you can be of any religion you wish to be, or, have no religion at all. In the military, you can be Christian (for now) or agnostic, or atheist, or Hindu, or Buddhist, or Muslim or a Satanist …..
Now, as I view history and present day events, there’s only been one who could properly constrain the lunatics such as the Moroccan on that train. Sure, others have been able to somewhat confine them …. (it’s still a great question in Pakistan, Russia, India, mid-Africa …..) There’s only been one ….. well, Israel, but, that’s a different story.
Personally, and I believe I’m 100% correct in this notion, I want the people who are fighting our fights to believe in the Christian God. Regardless of your belief, if the soldier goes into battle knowing that his reward is laid up in Glory, then, he tends to be braver, more fearless. But, we’re running them out of our service. Soon, I expect the US military to be every bit as effective as a UN peacekeeping force.
That said, to the boys who did react and do, WELL DONE!!!!! If I ever get a chance to meet you guys, the beers are on me!!!
Oh, yeh, how are we doing back home in support of our warriors?