Jan
20
2015

French wisely fast-track Lassana Bathily for citizenship.

Reward the behavior that you want to see.

A 24-year-old Malian immigrant who hid a group of hostages during a terror attack at a kosher supermarket was awarded French citizenship Tuesday in a ceremony that showcased his courage and selflessness.

…[Lassana Bathily] stepped slowly to the podium. “People tell me I am a hero. I am not a hero. I am trying to stay myself,” he said, visibly moved. He expressed his desire to see and help his family back home. He received a standing ovation when he finished with: “I am very happy. Long live liberty! Long live friendship! Long live solidarity! Long live France!”

I can only hope that, if I’m ever in similar circumstances, I can act as clear-headedly and effectively as Monsieur Bathily did. I wish the man good luck in his new country and new life.

1 Comment

  • Antoninus Pius says:

    this is the kind of thing that Europe in general needs to advertise. and speaking of advertising, when do we get a radio free Arabia? or radio free Iran?

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