While much of the civilized world are praising the quick actions of Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, and Briton Chris Norman that thwarted a possible slaughter of hundreds aboard the French bullet train, there remains a time for cool-headed afterthought. Their actions would have been acceptable last century, but this is a new era and their approach leaves a great deal to be criticized.
At the first sign of possible trouble these four men charged straight into the muzzle of an AK-47 wielded by Ayoub el-Qahzzani, suspected to be either a Lutheran or Methodist, and took him down, disarmed him, knocked him out, and hog-tied him.
These four men charged so hard that the initial reports suggested that they were U.S. Marines when, in fact, one was a member of the Air Force, one a National Guardsman, one a civilian from California, and the other an IT consultant.
What could one possibly find wrong with that? Plenty.
--They never considered proper rules of engagement and didn't call in for permission to engage.
--They failed to show Mr. el-Qahzzani that they were unarmed so he wouldn't feel compelled to shoot anyone.
--They didn't stop to consider why Mr. el-Qahzzani hated them and try to rectify the wrongs done to him. Perhaps their chickens had just come home to roost.
--They made no attempt to bring the issue before the United Nations or form a multi-national coalition to handle the matter.
--They acted like Cowboys.
Men, this is a new era and you are not allowed to act in this manner anymore. You should have called the police and let the government take care of you.