Saturday, August 22, 2015

Strategic Errors by Those that Stopped the French Bullet Train Shooter


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.


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