What We Can Learn From 3 Americans Who Fought, Disarmed Attacker on Paris Train

The thwarted terrorist attack by three Americans on a Paris bound train last week exposed a flaw in terrorist tactics.

Spreading fear with violence (the goal of terrorism) is not possible when populations fight back.

The botched attack demonstrated vulnerabilities in a command and control terror strategy, and shows a break down in the sequence of the terror planning process to an attempted attack.

The success of terrorism relies on a passive, fearful response from a population.

  • Doug Kursk

    …and that is why they should have dashed his f’in brains in instead of trussing the moe up like a Christmas turkey. Bullies ALWAYS hesitate when they know their intended targets will fight back.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Not only that, but the three Americans are sexy as hell, which is why their pictures have been published over and over again.

  • moraywatson

    So, will we be allowed to fight them in their “barracks”?

  • Xavier

    The first person to hit the gunman was an American living in France. He was from Midlothian, Va – just south of Richmond – and was shot in the neck. If not for his actions, this could have been a very different story. I wonder why he’s been kept entirely out of the picture?

    • tom_billesley

      He requested anonymity. Perhaps he’s not totally confident of his security in France. It was reported that he too will receive an honour. He’s also been described as French-American.

    • He has also been injured quite badly. That factors into it.

  • AlanUK

    “… 3 Americans …”
    … and one (somewhat overweight) English businessman (no army training reported) and an unidentified Frenchman.