Dramatic footage coming out of Yemen shows a Houthi rebel carrying his wounded comrade over 1 kilometer of open terrain while being shot at. Even though multiple impacts are hitting right at his feet, he never stops moving, and never looks to even consider dropping his severely wounded friend. If we put the politics, the who, what, when, where, and why of the on-going conflict aside and watch this video objectively, we are witnessing a true act of heroism caught on film.
First and foremost, we’re going to toss all of the international politics out of the window on this video, and attempt to take a completely objective look at this situation. What we’re looking at in this video, regardless of the reason behind the current conflict, is a true act of heroism that was captured on video in the middle of a raging battle between two opposing forces. War is, and always will be one of the most devastating and ugly things that mankind is capable of. Even during our most terrible moments as species though, we sometimes get to see a bit of light shining through into the world.
Heroism, as defined by Merriam Webster, is heroic conduct especially as exhibited in fulfilling a high purpose or attaining a noble end. In the footage below, that is exactly what we are seeing. A gun battle is raging around these men, and in between these two groups. In the middle of all of that, someone was injured in open ground. Instead of abandoning his friend, and maneuvering himself into a position of cover, this man stopped what he was doing and ran back to his friend. He then hoisted him up onto his shoulder, and ran for everything he was worth, with everything he had, to get him to safety. Meanwhile, the men on the other side of the battle never for a second ceased their. During this chaos, the man with his injured comrade on his back shouldered on, and just kept moving. He never once dropped his friend to save himself.
Wars are waged on the macro level by generals and politicians. Generals move the pieces on the battlefield in the direction the politicians need. Politicians make their war-time decisions based on the current political climate that will keep them in office, or turn them the most profit. At the micro level however, often wars are waged for the man on your left and right, regardless of the political back-drop that got you into your current situation. That’s why we wanted to post this video without any of the static noise that makes up the current conflict that these individuals are fighting in.
What we are seeing here is a true heroic act. An action taken by one man at the risk of his own life in order to save another. Rarely are actions of this caliber captured on film, and had this individual been a soldier fighting for any first world military, surely his actions would have been recognized on an international level. Instead however, this individual will be seen as just another Houthi rebel. Just another sand person in the Middle East fighting for all of the wrong reasons. Maybe they’re right, but that doesn’t make his actions any less heroic.