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.

 

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Qoheleth
Qoheleth

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… Read more »

BITOA
BITOA

Lets see what thanks they get from france.

LCBren
LCBren

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.

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.

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… Read more »

BITOA
BITOA

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

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

Terrapod
Terrapod

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… Read more »

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret

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

Radical Redneck
Radical Redneck

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:

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

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… Read more »

BITOA
BITOA

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.

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

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).

BITOA
BITOA

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?

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

LC Mike in Chi @ #:

France’s highest award

The Gilded White Flag with Collaboration Clusters?

readerjp
readerjp

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… Read more »

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

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

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

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… Read more »

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

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

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

The grunt and the civvie just tied the fucker up.

bruce
bruce

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