A reader recently commented on one of my posts about the heros who helped save loved ones and even complete strangers in Colorado. The reader pointed out that another hero was kind of overshadowed by the Colorado situation when the Sikh temple in Wisconsin was attacked: “There is a hero like John Thomas Larimer: Satwant Singh Kaleka! Kaleka gave his life saving many others and stopping the gunman and he was shot dead! Kaleka’s son is an Emmy Award Winner!”
I remember reading about Mr. Kaleka, but when I looked him up for this post, I really felt sad for his family. He was such a great guy, self-less, helpful when anyone needed it, president of the temple and a huge part of the lives of the congregation. He died trying to fight off a gunman with a butter knife, but in doing so, he gave the women at the temple time to hide. Lord knows how many were saved with that simple, brave act.
And he was killed for what? For wearing a funny hat? Because some total dipsh_t can’t tell the difference between a Muslim and someone from India?
And what is any American doing trying to kill Muslims anyway? We’re better than that, people. We don’t sink to the level of terrorists. We don’t copy the behavior of sick people who think it’s okay to prey on old men and women and children. We don’t tar innocents with the same brush just because they look like the bad guys.
Mr. Kaleka was more “American” than the “American” who killed him. Because he understood something his killer apparently didn’t: We protect those who are helpless. We sacrifice for those we love.
And that’s why Satwant Singh Kaleka’s name will be remembered and revered and emulated, and his killer will be forgotten.