Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, October 25, 2002 3:53 pm

No hero, my butt

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 3:53 pm

Lest it be said that I can never say anything nice, let me pick another argument, this one with trucker Ron Lantz, who directed cops to the D.C-area sniper suspects, then told CNN, “I’m no hero.”

Dude? You so are.

Lantz not only notified the cops when he saw the car they were looking for in that rest stop on I-70, he also blocked the exit ramp with his rig so that the suspects, who were asleep, couldn’t drive off if they woke up.

Now, think about that: Here’s a couple of guys armed with at least one assault rifle, wanted in connection with at least 10 killings, some of which were committed in jurisdictions with the death penalty. You think they’re not going to shoot their way out if they wake up and think they need to leave in a hurry?

Lantz is in line for some reward money, and I’m glad for him. But he also illustrates a point that America’s foes forget at their peril: Even ordinary Americans will attempt extraordinary things under extraordinary circumstances, often with flagrant disregard for their own safety, when the lives of others are at stake. Some of the 9/11 hijackers found that out the hard way. Now, so have two sniper suspects.

I hope that Saddam is paying attention. And al-Qaeda. And Hezbollah. And anyone else who might wish us ill. Some medievalist Muslims have predicted that Israel and America love life too much to prevail in this struggle. What they don’t understand is that most of us understand some things really are worth dying for, and most of us would put protecting other innocent people tops on the list.

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