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.