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Spitting in a U.S. Soldier's Face

U.S. Soldier's Flag Going Into Battle

A woman from Syracuse, New York, allegedly spit in a Soldier’s face. The Soldier was from Fort Drum (some eighty miles away) and was at Hancock International Airport when the incident took place.

Jason Jones — the Soldier who was spit on — acted very professionally and reported the woman to authorities. The woman, Lauren Maggi, was charged with second-degree harassment. Why she wasn’t charged with assault is beyond me (another blogger agrees with me regarding the assault charge).

Regardless if the woman was charged with harassment or assault, this woman still spit in the face of a U.S. Soldier. The article doesn’t say whether the Soldier had served in Iraq or not, but let’s assume he did.

The Soldier spent a year in Iraq. The Soldier endured day after day of mortar attacks. When riding in convoys, the Soldier had constant attention on various articles on the sides of the road, as well as the Iraqi civilians who may have turned out to be insurgents at any moment. The Soldier would have had to deal with the constant threat of death.

Now imagine this Soldier at an airport. Imagine the stress this Soldier would have been under. Now imagine a woman — unappreciative of the war effort — spitting in this Soldier’s face. How heroic is it for this Soldier to have done nothing and take this woman’s abuse after enduring a year-long struggle in Iraq?

Now let’s assume this Soldier was a normal, undeployed Soldier. That Soldier would still have heard about losses. The Soldier would still have endured the necessary training to defend his nation. Yet the Soldier did nothing but report the lady rather than retort. In either instance, this Soldier is heroic for doing the right thing.

This woman that spit in the Soldier’s face is the same woman who was pissed off at the 9/11 attacks on the country. This woman is the same woman who hates fascism and communism. However, this same woman is ranting at, raving at, and picketing our Soldiers who fight the politicians’ wars. Soldiers are just doing their job. Soldiers are just doing their duty.

If the woman has a beef to pick, she should pick it with the Congressmen (and women) and the President. After all, these people are the ones who start the wars. The Soldiers are not the ones who start the wars; the Soldiers just fight them.

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

2 thoughts on “Spitting in a U.S. Soldier's Face”

    1. Don’t buy the lie; unpopular wars continue to bring out this idea of “soldiers being spit on…” and an actual connection to 9/11? come on. Research it , don’t buy into this crap by corporations with an agenda. Be careful to let emotions drag you down to thinking this stuff is factual. Liberal agenda guy? figure it out: I worked with the US Army and developed and taught ADA and MANPAD – and proud of it.

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