While the actions of those fine men were the epitome of American heroism, greatness and sacrifice, this is not a firearms topic and will certainly spiral (further) into politics. As such...
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.