There are several degrees of badass. One being how you feel after tackling that project you’ve been putting off, ten is ordering an airstrike on yourself to stop ISIS because you’ve determined you’re going to die anyway. It kind of puts your badassery in perspective, right? This isn’t to say you should call in airstrikes on yourself, just to temper your hotter-than-hot attitude after you take out the garbage.
Russian solider Alexander Prokhorenko is THE Level Ten Badass…
Trapped behind enemy lines, surrounded by jihadists and with no possible means of escape, Alexander Prokhorenko, 25, took the decision to end his own life by calling in Russian warplanes to obliterate his location.
The special forces soldier, on a secret mission in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, has since been hailed as a hero in his native Russia.
His wife Ekaterina, who is pregnant with their first child, today revealed she had no idea he was fighting in Syria.
Following Prokhorenko’s death, a Russian military spokesman said: ‘An officer of Russian special operations forces was killed near Palmyra while carrying out a special task to direct Russian airstrikes at Islamic State group targets.
‘The officer was carrying out a combat task in Palmyra area for a week, identifying crucial IS targets and passing exact coordinates for strikes with Russian planes.
‘The officer died as a hero, he drew fire onto himself after being located and surrounded by terrorists.’
Dude, we salute you and your sacrifice.
This is what a hero looks like. A man who had everything to live for died to make the world a better place. By taking out ISIS terrorists who were trying to destroy his way of life. This man is a hero. He’s a hero because he gave everything for everyone else. Caitlyn Jenner in a dress? Not a hero. The “mom” who exploited her daughter so she could go viral on YouTube? Not a hero.
What Alexander Prokhorenko did was real bravery. He knew he was facing death but by God, he was going to take these bastards with him. This man is brave. He knew he’d never see his child, never kiss his wife again. You know who isn’t brave? Amy Schumer for being unattractive while naked. Not brave. The students at Emory University who need safe spaces to get away from chalk writing? Not brave.
Now let’s compare how Alexander Prokhorenko fights ISIS with how Mark Zuckerberg, our glowing jewel of success in the US, wants to fight ISIS (hint: hugs). One of these things is not like the other.
Russia, we may not always agree with you, but on this one we tip our hats. Also we’re hiding our faces a little bit, as everyone from Obama on down to the wimpy college students are collectively embarrassing us. Especially when you consider how our President thinks we should fight ISIS.