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By Attorney Jonathan Emord
Author of "The Rise of Tyranny" and
"Global Censorship of Health Information" and
"Restore The Republic"
August 31, 2015

The world learned another great lesson taught by four courageous Americans (U.S. Airman Spencer Stone (age 22), National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos (age 22), Anthony Sadler (age 23), and Mark Moogalian (age 51). Resolute, courageous, and strong, the four took down radical Islamic terrorist Ayoub El-Khazzani (age 26) with nothing more than their bare hands. A grateful nation looks with pride upon its finest citizens.

Intent on mass genocide, El-Khazzani boarded a Paris bound high speed train with an AK-47, several magazines, pistols, and a box cutter. Seated near Khazzani on the train, French-American professor Mark Moogalian noticed that he appeared to be ready to employ an AK-47. Moogalian seized the weapon but was then shot in the neck by Khazzani who was wielding a pistol. As Khazzani began to fire, the three Americans, on Skarlatos’ cue, “Let’s go,” lept into action, racing toward the fire, and then tackling, punching, and choking El-Khazzani into unconsciousness. They hog-tied El-Khazzani, leaving him in that prone position until authorities took him away outside of Paris.

Stone suffered the brunt of the injuries during the attack on El-Khazzani, losing a part of his finger (reattached by French surgeons) and suffering box cutter slashes to his arm. Despite those injuries, Stone not only nailed El-Khazzani with the aid of Skarlatos and Sadler, he also came to the aid of Moogalian. Stone stuck two of his fingers in the bullet entry wound and staunched the flow of blood, enabling Moogalian to survive long enough for medics to intervene.

This extraordinary act of heroism by the four Americans, of instant action to avert mass bloodshed, is but one of several similar acts of bravery and valor undertaken by Americans against terrorists in the years since 9/11 and is in keeping with our people’s long tradition of selfless acts of heroism despite grave risk and peril. French President Francois Hollande recognized the Americans’ exceptional courage, bestowing upon each of them France’s highest medal of honor, the French Legion of Honor.

Obama should take heed and award each of these great Americans our nation’s highest tribute, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the civilian hero and the Medal of Honor for those in the United States Armed Forces. The United States should not only recognize these men as heroes but it should make clear that their acts are models of what Americans should do whenever they are confronted with cowardly acts of terror that would otherwise sacrifice the lives of innocent men, women, and children.

While Obama should publicly congratulate these brave men for their extraordinary acts of heroism, he is himself unfit to stand on the same podium with them. Unlike them, he has enabled terrorists, like El-Khazzani, to proliferate precisely because he has lacked the courage, steely resolve, and zeal necessary to ensure that every military means at America’s disposal is unleashed on ISIS and other terrorist groups to ensure their obliteration from the face of the earth. Instead, his limited air campaign has failed miserably, and ISIS now extends its vile tentacles across all of the Middle East and into Europe and the United States. Obama’s cowardly inaction has contributed directly and profoundly to that rise and also to the empowerment of America’s greatest other foes, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and China. Obama has paved the way for Iran, the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism against the West and Israel, to obtain the atomic bomb. While Moogalian, Stone, Skarlatos, and Sadler with their bare hands have intervened to take down a terrorist, Obama with the full might of the United States military at his disposal has done nothing from his arm chair to enable that military to take down all terrorists and save countless lives of innocents.

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Consequently, Obama should not only publicly and officially recognize the extraordinary courage and valor that led these three Americans to prove themselves exemplary, but he should learn from them. He should learn that direct and overwhelmingly powerful to defeat terror is the only way to save innocent, freedom loving people from destruction. As Sadler put it, in words that should be required reading for Barack Obama: “Do something. Hiding, or sitting back, is not going to accomplish anything. . . . So I just want that lesson to be learned going forward, in times of terror, please do something. Don’t just stand by and watch.” Got it, Mr. President.

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Jonathan W. Emord is an attorney who practices constitutional and administrative law before the federal courts and agencies. Ron Paul calls Jonathan “a hero of the health freedom revolution” and says “all freedom-loving Americans are in [his] debt . . . for his courtroom [victories] on behalf of health freedom.” He has defeated the FDA in federal court a remarkable eight times, seven on First Amendment grounds, and is the author of the Amazon bestsellers The Rise of Tyranny, Global Censorship of Health Information, and Restore the Republic. He is the American Justice columnist for U.S.A. Today Magazine and joins Robert Scott Bell weekly for “Jonathan Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty,” an hour long radio program on government threats to individual liberty. For more info visit, join the Emord FDA/FTC Law Group on Linkedin, and follow Jonathan on twitter (@jonathanwemord).


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Obama should take heed and award each of these great Americans our nation’s highest tribute, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the civilian hero and the Medal of Honor for those in the United States Armed Forces.