With the horrific tragedies in Paris and San Bernardino still fresh in everyone’s minds, some may feel helpless against the threat of terror attacks, particularly as they seem to be increasing in regularity.
But what didn’t receive much media attention was an attempted terrorist hijacking of a German airliner, perhaps because it was only an “attempted” hijacking and not a successful one. Or perhaps because two Christian passengers leapt into action to help prevent disaster. Or maybe…because the attempted hijacker was an American Muslim.
AFP reports, Lufthansa crew and passengers overpowered a man who interfered with a cabin door on a Frankfurt-Belgrade flight on Sunday, the German carrier said, insisting the safety of the plane had not been threatened.
“A passenger got up and tried to do something at the door, but was stopped by crew members and other passengers,” said airline spokesman Andreas Bartels.
“The passenger was then restrained for the remainder of the flight in his seat and handed over to the authorities in Belgrade,” he said.
“It was a normal door, which of course cannot be opened in-flight… it was not the cockpit door,” he said. “The safety of the flight was not jeopardized and the flight landed safely in Belgrade.”
Serbian state-run television reported that police had arrested a Jordanian man after he tried to forced his way into the cockpit of the Lufthansa flight.
The man had suddenly got up during the flight, banged on the cockpit door and demanded to be allowed to enter, threatening to open one of the plane’s doors while it was flying over Austria, Serbia’s RTS television reported.
The man, whom Serb press said was called Laken and had a US passport, had cried out that he wished to join Allah along with all the passengers, RTS said.
He was overpowered by flight crew and two Eastern Orthodox Christians, Alexey Rastvortsev, from Russia, Milan Mirkovich ,from Serbia, members of a Serb handball team, who subdued him until the flight landed in Belgrade where he was arrested, the report said.
Our government may not be effective in keeping terrorists out of our country, but there’s no reason American citizens can’t stop them when they’re here.
After all, in America there are more guns than people. It’s rumored that during WWII, Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy stated that you can’t invade mainland America because there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.
The same holds true today. While liberal politicians will exploit the San Bernardino tragedy to promote gun control, the truth is that there’s really nothing a terrorist fears more than a victim who can fight back.
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]