An Iraqi man saved the lives of four U.S. Soldiers and eight civilians when
he intercepted a suicide bomber during a Concerned Citizens meeting in the town
of al-Arafia Aug. 18. The incident occurred while Soldiers from 3rd
Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, were talking with members of the al-Arafia
Concerned Citizens, a volunteer community group, at a member’s house. “I
was about 12 feet away when the bomber came around the corner,” said Staff Sgt.
Sean Kane, of Los Altos, Calif., acting platoon sergeant of Troop B, 3-1
Cav. “I was about to engage when he jumped in front of us and intercepted
the bomber as he ran toward us. As he pushed him away, the bomb went
off.” The citizen’s actions saved the lives of four U.S. Soldiers and eight
civilians. Kane felt the loss personally because he had met and interacted
with his rescuer many times before the incident. “He was high-spirited and
really believed what the group (Concerned Citizens) was doing,” Kane said. “I
have no doubt the bomber was trying to kill American Soldiers. It was very
calculated the way the bomber tried to do it. If he hadn’t intercepted him,
there is no telling how bad it could have been.” Kane believes the citizen
is a hero.
My favorite broadcaster, Bill O'Reilly, has been known none too often to question Iraqi's dedication to fight for their own freedom. In fact, O'Reilly soured on the mission because he surmised they wouldn't. This is one story of one man, however this gentleman clearly would fight for the freedom of Iraqis and he sacrificed his life doing it. Whatever your stance on the war, his family should be honored. His story should be read into public record in the Congress and anyone reading this now is encouraged to call their Congress representative and encourage them to do so.