Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who prevented at terrorist attack on a French bullet train, was stabbed while out with friends last night in Sacramento.
Airman First Class Stone was in stable condition on Thursday, an Air Force spokesperson said. Police said he was stabbed more than once and was being treated for “non life-threatening but very significant injuries.”
Stone was out with four friends — a male and three females — when he became involved in an argument with at least two men around 12:45 a.m. PT near some popular bars in downtown Sacramento, police said.
It appeared that a “verbal argument” ended up on the street and led to a physical confrontation, a Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman told NBC News.
Deputy Chief Ken Bernard of Sacramento Police called the incident as “an altercation between two groups of folks who were enjoying the nightlife. This was not related to terrorism in any way and we know it was not related to what happened in France.”
Bernard said the two suspects — described as Asian males in white T-shirts and blue jeans — fled the scene in a late-model Toyota Camry.
Pardon me, but isn’t the deputy chief jumping the gun a little by declaring the attack was “not related to terrorism”? How about an investigation first, then the declaration that terrorism was not involved?
Authorities appear to be far more frightened by terrorism than the American people. Not because they’re afraid of terrorists. They’re afraid that if they admit an attack was a terrorist attack, they will be branded “Islamophobes” or the left will accuse them of playing the game of the right-wing noise machine. This inevitably leads to strenuous, premature denials that terrorism was a motive.
In this case, they are almost certainly correct. But by fostering an atmosphere where the police are walking on eggshells when it comes to identifying terrorist attacks, we simply make life more difficult for them, as well as put the public in greater danger.