This morning My-Reason-For-Living-In-France asked me if he could talk to you.
In that case, absolument.
In his own words:
Last Friday, the world learned about the thwarted terrorist attack in the train from Amsterdam to Paris.
Three young Americans, childhood friends on vacation, and a British citizen, instantly realising that they, and the more than 500 passengers aboard the train, were in extreme danger, reacted with an admirable presence of esprit that no doubt prevented a carnage of enormous proportions.
Their response, in spite of the peril to their lives, made me think of World War II when young American and British soldiers risked their lives as they embarked on French soil to save my country.
Once again I see what I so admired then, individuals who reacted with selfless courage in the face of danger in the name of liberty and honour. This, with never a moment’s thought about being heroes.
I was charmed to see the simplicity, surprise and humor as these men were swept up in the celebratory aftermath of the events.
In a world where we often see complacence and cowardice in the face of barbary and the dissipation of values, valour and honour it’s comforting to witness individuals capable of restoring our confidence in humanity.