If you have any notion that that American soldiers are fundamentally, morally different from the “insurgents” terrorizing Iraq by blowing up children and decapitating food-aid workers, read this:
Tschiderer, with E Troop, 101st â€œSaberâ€ Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he popped right back up, took cover and located the enemyâ€™s position.
After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist whoâ€™d tried to kill him just minutes before.
And if you think the media hasn’t taken sides, consider that there has been hardly any news coverage (none I’ve seen) despite the fact that TV networks love video, and the whole thing is on video:
See the video of the attack.
I am speechless with pride in our troops. Especially when I consider not only how the sniper would have reacted with the tables turned, but the knowledge that PFC Tschiderer no doubt was even more aware of that.
Some on the insurgents’ side will interpret actions like this as a sign of weakness. But it is truly a sign of strength, and they misinterpret at their peril.
(Hat tip: Instapundit.)