Early in September, I wrote about the terror attack on the French train in August 2015.

‘Americans who foiled French train attack are practising Christians’ tells their story. ‘More on the French train attack’ recounts the confusion among the French passengers in the next carriage.

Most of us around the world figured that the French Legion of Honour medal recipients went back to the United States and resumed their lives.

Spencer Stone stabbed in Sacramento

We would have been wrong in the case of Spencer Stone.

On October 8, he was stabbed four times in the chest in Sacramento, California. The Air Force Times had a report, which reads in part:

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped take down a gunman on a train in Belgium, was stabbed four times in the chest in Sacramento early Thursday morning, Air Force Times has learned.

“A1C Spencer Stone has been transported to a local hospital, and is currently being treated for injury,” Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Karns said in an email in Air Force Times. “The incident is currently under investigation by local law enforcement. He is currently in stable condition.”

Sky News has more:

It is not clear whether the CCTV footage shows the moment Mr Stone was stabbed.

The incident, which took place at 12.45am (local time) on Thursday morning, is not thought to be connected to terrorism.

Sacramento Police are not connecting terrorism with this assault — what the British would call grievous bodily harm in this instance (emphases mine throughout):

Sacramento Police Deputy Chief Ken Bernard said: “This is not related to what happened in France a couple of months ago.

“The assault appears to be related to a nightclub incident. It was a dispute between two groups of people.”

Some reports suggest Mr Stone was protecting a female friend.

Officers sealed off a two-block area after the stabbing and interviewed a man and a woman – but no arrests have been made …

The injuries were so severe that it was initially thought Mr Stone would not survive and a homicide investigation was launched, according to KCRA‑TV.


Mr Bernard said his team were hunting two Asian men in their 20s who fled in a dark Toyota Camry.

The word ‘Asian’ is a source of confusion. In the UK, where Sky News is based, ‘Asian’ refers to people from the Subcontinent, e.g. Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

In the US, the word denotes people from the Far East.

Therefore, the ‘Asian’ demographic referred to here is unclear. Now read on for the next story. Could they be related?

Was Alek Skarlatos a target in Oregon attack?

On October 1, Umpqua Community College in Oregon made headlines around the world after Chris Harper-Mercer shot ten Christians for their faith.

The second French train attack hero, Alek Skarlatos, was scheduled to resume his studies at the community college this autumn.

The only reason he was absent from class that day was because

he was in Los Angeles on Dancing with the Stars, he said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Skarlatos told DeGeneres:

he was supposed to be in the building where Thursday’s shooting took place.

“I had classes in Snyder Hall,” said Skarlatos.”It’s a fairly small community college, the town in general, everybody knows each other. So with that many deceased, I mean everybody’s going to know at least one person.”


“I would have been there today if I didn’t agree to do this show,” he said. “I had classes picked out and everything.”

Skarlatos was last on campus in spring 2014, before his deployment to Afghanistan.

Matthew Vadum, writing for American Thinker, wonders about Harper-Mercer’s motive and targets:

although no evidence revealed thus far directly indicates Harper-Mercer was influenced by Islamic State, plenty of evidence suggests the shooter was acting in furtherance of the Islamic goal of global jihad.  Maybe the massacre was intended as a kind of jihadist payback hit.

Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) apparently claimed responsibility on Twitter for the killings Harper-Mercer carried out at Umpqua.  The tweet states, “Again #Oregon #USA #WashingtonDC #IslamicState #ISIS #USA[,]” and displays a graphic with the words “Slay Americans” in front of an image of a man in the process of being beheaded.

He explains:

Islamists view not only Skarlatos, but also his two childhood friends who helped to foil the train attack, as enemies.  The three young men have been widely identified in news reports as fervent Christians.  Skarlatos attended “an independent Christian middle school,” the Sacramento Bee reported

Which brings us to Harper-Mercer, 26 (his age was initially reported as 20) who killed 10 people and wounded seven at Umpqua Community College last Thursday before being killed by police.  Witnesses said that Harper-Mercer wore body armor and entered a classroom where an English and writing class was being conducted.  He demanded that those present say if they were Christian.

Those who said yes were fatally shot in the head.  He reportedly said “because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.”  Those who said no or refused to answer were shot in the legs.  No news reports indicate anyone in Snyder Hall identified himself or herself as Muslim.

Singling out Christian hostages for death is the same modus operandi used by Islamic terrorist groups like al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab.

As Raymond Ibrahim reports at Jihad Watch, Al Shabaab did the same thing as Harper-Mercer did when it attacked a school in Kenya

Political response

How many people reading about the Oregon attack knew that the Islamic State allegedly claimed responsibility for it via Twitter?

I didn’t until I started searching for information on Spencer Stone’s injuries in Sacramento, at which point articles about Alek Skarlatos and Oregon began popping up. Matthew Vadum’s article was one of them.

It is interesting to note that every time a strange shooting occurs in Western countries, authorities respond with ‘lone wolf’ or ‘unrelated to terrorism’.

Yet, we saw that the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket killers were in cahoots. Amedy Coulibaly said he would go on a full rampage at the kosher shop if security forces shot the Kouachi brothers at the printing plant some miles away. Security forces had to carefully manage that so they could kill Coulibaly then take care of the Kouachi brothers that fateful Friday afternoon of January 9.

Mohammed Merah, whom French authorities identified as a lone wolf in 2012, had made trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan, claiming to have trained with Al Qaeda. How was he able to stockpile ammunition for his shootings and siege in the Toulouse area without help?

And what about the American military base shootings called ‘workplace violence’?

In any event, after the Oregon massacre, Obama called for more gun control. Matthew Vadum writes:

Instead of comforting Americans and bringing them together as a decent, patriotic person would, Obama immediately seized on the opportunity to divide Americans politically. 

Obama said nothing about the religious aspect of the killings.  This self-professed Christian who studied in a Muslim school and speaks of Islam in reverent tones said nothing about how the killer asked his victims jihadist-style if they were Christian and then blew them away

Why would the president ignore this shocking fact?  Maybe the answer is that to do so would have linked the killer to Islam.

Agreed. Much better to talk about gun control, which is exactly how the MSM covered it here in Europe with their readers and viewers quickly agreeing.

Of course, it helped that the killer had a Western-sounding name. From this we could conclude, without thinking too much about it, that he was just another mad ‘lone wolf’. But was he?

In the meantime, let us keep the three American heroes in our prayers, especially Spencer Stone. I wish him a rapid, complete recovery.