Semper Fi, Paris Style – Updated

In the midst of too much bad news, I felt compelled to share the story of the two unarmed U.S. Marines who foiled an attack by a heavily armed person earlier today onboard a high-speed train en route to Paris from Amsterdam. Details are still coming out, but photos of the two Marines are appearing on Twitter, and the BBC now has some details. This has not yet been labeled an act of terrorism, but the suspect is a twenty-something year-old man from Morocco, so it certainly seems to be a real possibility.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve referred to the Marines as “…particularly courageous, and showed great bravery in difficult circumstances.” It seems clear from early reporting that the Marines averted a potential disaster by stopping the heavily-armed gunman quickly.

Count on the U.S. Marines to fail to get the message that Europe just wants to lay down and die in the face of violence and terrorism.

This is a great story that reminds me once again that who we are as a country is not defined by our government or our politicians, but by the everyday people who live with purpose and act when needed.

Oorah, Marines.

Update:

Early reports by most major media outlets of the Americans as Marines have turned out to be in error, although two of the three Americans traveling together were in the armed forces – Air Force and National Guard.  This helps to explain a fact I could not understand based on the early reports – the gunman is still alive. The Americans were aided by a British man living in France who was in the same train car.

 

23 comments

  1. 1
    KArnold growls and barks:

    USMC – Bailing out France since 1917.

    I had read the Marines recognized the sound of the AK being loaded while the jihadist was in the pissoir, through a closed door. “This is the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of your enemy; and it makes a distinctive sound when fired at you, so remember it.”

    Two unarmed Marines against one jihadi with an AK, two hundred rounds, and a knife. You could almost feel sorry for the poor sumbich. Almost.

  2. 2
    BITOA growls and barks:

    Lets see what thanks they get from france.

  3. 3
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    In an interview with Paris Match magazine, Mr Anglade said train staff entered a private cabin and locked it when they heard gunshots, leaving the passengers alone.

    FUCK

    ME

    DEAD

    You snivelling, pissant, pathetic, SCUMBAGS. You pitiful excuses for walking flesh, you miserable, mewling COWARDS. I have no words to describe what Id like to see done to you.

  4. 4
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Spencer gives him the bums rush, jihadi gets his gun off, clips two passengers and the Air Force guy and the Brit nail him to the floor.
    Jihadi Jerk: “Give me back my gun!”
    Spencer, Air Force, Brit: “Go to sleep, now,”
    Americans on holiday can always get a Brit in on the fun.

  5. 5
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    It appears Spencer Stone is the Air Force guy and he sprinted at the attacker first followed by the two other American servicemen (Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos )and Briton IT guy, Chris Norman.
    From the Guardian:

    “As he was cocking it to shoot it, Alek just yells: ‘Spencer, go!’ and Spencer runs down the aisle,” Sadler said. “Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a box cutter and slices Spencer a few times. And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious.”

    Sadler later told AFP the gunman had demanded his weapon back. He said: “He was just telling us to give back his gun. ‘Give me back my gun! Give me back my gun!’ But we just carried on beating him up and immobilised him and that was it..

    Needless to say, a vacation that will outshine them all
    From the BBC:

    “Spencer got to the guy first and grabbed the guy by the neck,” Mr Skarlatos told Sky News.

    “I grabbed the handgun, got that away from the guy and threw it. Then I grabbed the AK-47, which was at his feet, and started muzzle-bumping him in the head with it.

    “Everybody just started beating the guy while Spencer held the chokehold until he went unconscious.”

    Meanwhile, I hear the fwench prez is in solidarity with the injured.

  6. 6
    BITOA growls and barks:

    Will they get a reception in the rose garden, or is that just for traitors?l

  7. 7
    Library Czar growls and barks:

    BITOA- I’m sure the Moroccan will get a Rose Garden Reception.

  8. 8
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    The young lads and that Brit have done good, best positive news i have seen in a long time. Hope the one slashed recovers well and that the Napoleonic code gets applied immediately to this POS. If the guillotine has been retired, either they get it back in use or the gallows sings. And I miss all you Rottizens what with not having a working chat going.

  9. 9
    LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret growls and barks:

    Sounds like the proper application of a rear naked choke…the Moroccan must have failed to tap out. :em05:

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  11. 11
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    RR #10: The PP-Ghouls got her.
    This just is too funny:
    From the Fwench news-feed:

    Hollande ‘to give France’s highest award to train heroes on Monday’

    They didn’t have give up the award (they just might need it later), but the good lord knows, they certainly could use those heroes.
    :em01:
    Buy can they do it all in one day?
    :em03:

  12. 12
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    It would be a buy, of sorts, but I meant ‘But”.

  13. 13
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    This deserves a fiskin’ something fierce.

    French investigators quiz ‘dumbfounded’ gunman

    Yep, he certainly was found in an extreme state of dumb.

    National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, told a press conference Sunday that if Khazzani had known how to handle guns he could have killed many people.

    “He clearly had no firearms training whatsoever,” he said.

    Yeah, and he never partied with Yanks, either.

    But he has denied any intention of waging a jihadist attack, telling investigators he had merely stumbled upon a weapons stash in park in Belgium and decided to use it to rob passengers, according to Sophie David, a lawyer assigned to his case when he was taken off the train in Arras, northern France.

    – Suspect denies shots fired –

    “He is dumbfounded that his act is being linked to terrorism,” David told BFM-TV, adding that the suspect who is believed to have lived in Belgium describes himself as homeless.

    “He says that by chance he found a suitcase with a weapon, with a telephone, hidden away,” said David.
    “He said he found it in the park which is just next to the Midi Station in Brussels, where he often sleeps with other homeless people.

    “He says that the Kalashnikov didn’t work and he was brought under control immediately without a single shot being fired.”

    “Note to self: Do not bring an inoperable weapon and nine mags for it to the showdown.”

    In a press conference at the US ambassador’s residence in Paris, 23-year-old Sadler dismissed suggestions that Khazzani was not trying to kill anyone.

    “It doesn’t take eight magazines (of bullets) to rob a train,” Sadler said.

    Already noted.

    Stone said he first saw the suspect after waking from a deep sleep.

    “I turned around and I saw he had what looked to be an AK-47 and it looked jammed or it wasn’t working and he was trying to charge the weapon and Alek hit me and said ‘let’s go’.”

    They pinned the man to the ground and hit him on the head until he was unconscious. British passenger Chris Norman then helped them tie up the gunman.

    “The gunman would have been successful if my friend Spencer had not gotten up. I want that lesson to be learned. In times of terror like that to please do something. Don’t just stand by and watch,” said Sadler.

    Sheepdogs lunge for the neck when the wolf threatens the sheep.
    Woof!

  14. 14
    BITOA growls and barks:

    If Bolton was at the UN, he’d put up a resolution to congratulate the heros. Then it would be vetoed by the usual suspects. Then a real POTUS would throw the UN off our soil. What a dream.

  15. 15
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    BITOA @14.

    Word is, unfortunately, that Congress gave the UN sovereignty over its site. We could of course invade the place (by executive order, even).

  16. 16
    BITOA growls and barks:

    Ok :em03: LCX . Exec order to get the plan going. Can congress then taketh away what they gaveth? Whatever- it would be so delicious if Bolton went back, just to stick in their a$$ ! Will the new POTUS have the gonads?

  17. 17
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    LC Mike in Chi @ #:

    France’s highest award

    The Gilded White Flag with Collaboration Clusters?

  18. 18
    readerjp growls and barks:

    A decorated Green Beret being forced out of the military in a matter of months was taken to task in 2011 by a top Army general for confronting an accused Afghan rapist, according to an official reprimand obtained by Fox News – bolstering claims he is being discharged over the incident.

    The October 2011 “memorandum of reprimand” obtained by Fox News indeed makes clear that Martland was blasted by the brass for his intervention after the alleged rape. –

    – See more at: http://americanactionnews.com/articles/army-black-mark-green-beret-was-scolded-for-shoving-accused-rapist#sthash.K3OkQ06B.dpuf

    The story that I read says it was a mother who asked Martland to intercede after an Afghani interpreter repeatedly abused and raped her son.

  19. 19
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    Meanwhile the decline of the Rottweiler Empire appears to proceed. 🙁

  20. 20

    LC Mike in Chi says:

    Stone said he first saw the suspect after waking from a deep sleep.

    “I turned around and I saw he had what looked to be an AK-47 and it looked jammed or it wasn’t working and he was trying to charge the weapon and Alek hit me and said ‘let’s go’.”

    They pinned the man to the ground and hit him on the head until he was unconscious. British passenger Chris Norman then helped them tie up the gunman.

    “The gunman would have been successful if my friend Spencer had not gotten up. I want that lesson to be learned. In times of terror like that to please do something. Don’t just stand by and watch,” said Sadler.

    Exactly. Fuckiing EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. 21

    And yes, it was a zoomie that took the terrorist down. :em07:

  22. 22

    The grunt and the civvie just tied the fucker up.

  23. 23
    bruce growls and barks:

    they should have flattened his head like uncle bob did to german officer during ww2