My wife was bemoaning the general cowardice of American men. She mentioned a case recently wherein a lunatic with a knife got on a subway and attacked a young man, killing him. The other passengers just ducked and hid and let the young man die.
I don't know the specifics of that incident. But generally, what are your opinions on stepping in to defend a stranger against a knife attack? Let's assume that we are very confident the victim didn't provoke the attack (that is, we're not inadvertently helping the aggressor/bad guy/enemy).
I agree it's most un-manful and unloving to just let a hapless victim die. But does that mean heroically getting myself cut up or dead is a wise action?
I need help making this decision in the cold light of day so I don't have to make it in the heat of fear and confusion.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.