Citizen soldiers

Apropos the terror in Jerusalem, the story of the off-duty soldier who fired the shots that finally killed the man is interesting, not simply because he is not the first in his family to stop a terrorist cold:

Two police officers stationed nearby saw the attack unfolding, the female officer took out her sidearm and shot the terrorist. But though she managed to wound him, he continued driving the large earthmover, crushing oncoming traffic.

At this point an off-duty soldier fresh out of basic training, who asked not to be identified, rushed to the scene and jumped on the tractor, also shooting the terrorist. But he kept going.

“He yelled Allah Akhbar and hit the gas,” recounted the soldier, whose brother-in-law, Cpt. David Shapira, took out the terrorist who killed eight seminary students at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in March.

“I did what is expected of any soldier or civilian,” he said.

I like that last statement, which is a perfect summation of a self-reliant population: “I did what is expected of any soldier or civilian.”

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  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    Incidents like this always make me think what a dopey move it was to do away with the draft (in the US). I think that it was the initial success in the campaign to emasculate the males of America, a campaign that continues to this day in our schools and colleges. If even 25 or 33% of the male population received military training, our society would have a reverse of trained people out and about and capable of dealing with emergencies to some extent.

    A while back you wrote about those bystanders who did nothing after an elderly man was struck by a hit and run driver. In that instance, there was no danger at all to the bystanders, yet they were unwilling or unable to render any form of assistance. I would have a hard time believing that there were any veterans in that sorry group of individuals.

  • Ymarsakar

    If even 25 or 33% of the male population received military training, our society would have a reverse of trained people out and about and capable of dealing with emergencies to some extent.

    Yet Israel gives that the lie, or at least does not support it. For they have a militia program yet look at who they have voted into power. Olmert? He’s almost as bad as Carter.