Even in the face of terror, there’s reason to have faith in the world

It’s so easy to grow negative and cynical about these continuing terrorist attacks from ISIS.

Just recently, following the massacre on the beaches of Tunisia, I’ve found myself — like most — thinking, “There’s no way I’d ever visit there.”

And indeed, thousands of tourists have fled in the wake of the attack. Likewise, hundreds have cancelled upcoming trips.

This is such a sad thing for the struggling country of Tunisia in North Africa, which gets 20 percent of its income through tourism.

And in light of such a brutal attack, with the deluge of over-the-top reporting that followed it, it’s easier than ever in America to start to lump small groups of extremists into larger groups of “them,” “those people,” and “Muslims.”

Thus with those thoughts in mind, I wanted to share the following story…

This seems almost impossible to believe, but in the midst of the horror of the beach attack, unarmed men — yes, Muslims — formed a human wall and offered to sacrifice themselves to prevent the gunman from killing more Westerners, i.e. Christians.

 Here are the details of this incredible story: Locals form ‘human shield’ to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.

From the story, one survivor said in the aftermath, “they were telling the gunman ‘you’ll have to get past us and we’re Muslims’. Obviously I don’t know the exact words but that was pretty much what they were saying. They’d actually made a human barricade – ‘you’re not going to get past us, you’ll have to kill us.’”

And so it’s my hope that as we struggle to comprehend this latest attack — just one of several on three separate continents — we don’t lost faith in our fellow man. And that we don’t allow the cynicism and dark thoughts in our mind to grow into something far uglier.

There are countless good people in the world, and just like on the beaches of Tunisia, they thankfully far outnumber those who are bad.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and entrepreneur who spent nine years running a weekly newspaper that I started. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.

13 thoughts on “Even in the face of terror, there’s reason to have faith in the world

  1. You are so right Stan! This is a battle between good and evil and Satan will use anyone of any race or religion for his evil! I thank those godly Muslim men!

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    1. Agreed, Dr. Stanley!

      And I got to thinking, some skeptics might think that these men weren’t in danger because they were Muslim. But the incredible amount of recent fighting between Shia and Sunni dispels that thought, in my opinion.

      Additionally, some of the most radical fundamentalists believe there are such things as bad Muslims, as these men would have probably been considered. That is, they worked in the tourist industry where Western women were scantily clad nearby…


  2. Hello Sir,

    I found your site because of a comment you left on the site the ‘Ghosts of Tal’Afar.’ I appreciate you taking the time to encourage a man who is struggling with life after service and I thank you for your service.

    With your permission, I would like to become a follower and frequent commenter.

    Thank You,


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      1. I’m okay. I had to put my yellow lab to sleep on 3/31 (kidney failure), and probably the black one tomorrow (cancer all over). Then there’s the cat with diabetes/cancer/demetia…
        I’ve been struggling with my son for the last four months. I’ll email you about him (really, I promise).
        I have an idea for a new novel and have lots of notes/ random paragraphs and research material. I’ve given up revising the first book for now. I felt overwhelmed by my drafts and the editor’s suggested revisions.
        Basically, I’ve been having a depressing and crummy year. I appreciate your concern.


        1. Perfect! Yes, email me so we can talk privately. And I wish I had known you were struggling with the draft. Remember, “Sold Out” took me 12 years and I had to sit it to the side and write something new and fresh — “Little Man.”

          Then, I went back to re-tackle “Sold Out.”

          And no one would have accepted our novel. Would have been called completely unbelievable.

          Now email me! ; )


          1. I will email you soon. My dog got put to sleep on Friday, so it’s been a tough weekend. I’m still not over the other one, who died on 3/31.
            I’m hoping that starting something new will help me figure out the first book. I hate to just let those characters go.


            1. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear the news…. : (

              Just try to remember what a great life you gave them! Probably no two dogs were more spoiled! : )

              And I’m confident neither would want you being miserable for very long. They’re up at the new playground, with brand new bodies, running around without any pain and barking, sprinting, and rolling across perfect grass — having a great time!

              “I’m hoping that starting something new will help me figure out the first book. I hate to just let those characters go.”

              And you can count on this happening. Sold Out was a complete mess that I’d “never” finish. But once I got some confidence under my belt from the positive reviews and sales, my faith in my ability soared. And the book “A Long Shot” was done about six months later and more appropriately named “Sold Out.” : )

              You’ve got this, love. Hang in there, remember the amazing time you had with your dogs, and stay convinced that God has incredible things in store for you if you’ll remain diligent and strong in that belief!

              (Oh, and if you haven’t read Stephen King’s “On Writing,” make sure you do that. It helped motivate me tremendously to get it done, and it taught me a lot, too!)


              1. I will order King’s book. We all do genre stuff — he does horror, you do Western and military, I do romance.
                Thanks for all the kind thoughts. You are such a good guy — I know you are lucky to have Danah, but she’s very lucky too.
                There was a time when I could focus on this scene, this paragraph, but now when I face the first book, I’m just overwhelmed by the number of pages and different drafts. A blank page looks good to me…

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