Rush & crush, this is.
ABC, ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Jan. 10, 2014
He was an average student from Hangu, a remote town in North Western Pakistan, but he has become a national hero.
Aitzaz Hasan, 14, stopped a suicide bomber from entering his school Monday and sacrificed his life to protect his fellow students.
“I saw Aitzaz trying to get hold of a guy and then there was a big explosion,” said Habib Ali, who is a senior teacher at the school.
The target of the bomber was the morning assembly of approximately 450 students, Ali said.
“He was an average student, but was a bold child,” the teacher said.
Phi Beta Iota: Ever since Virginia Tech saw 32 people stand around like sheep and allow themselves to be killed by a single shooter (17 others were wounded), we have been advocating “rush and crush” as the standard street-level response to an armed threat. This replaces “duck and cover” from the nuclear scare era. Thomas Jefferson had it right – a nation’s best defense is an educated citizenry. In an era of distributed singleton and asymmetric threats, the only effective defense is to be found in individual initiative outside the government ranks.