August 5, 2002

I GOT AN EMAIL FROM A U.S. MARINE with an Arabic-sounding name. It was the very first abusive email I’ve ever gotten from someone in the military — and I’m pretty sure this guy really was a Marine, because it came from a USMC domain, though I suppose he could be a civilian employee just pretending. Why was I so hard on Syria, he demanded to know. Syria’s never done anything to us. It’s all the fucking jews’ fault that we’re having these problems anyway.

The guy didn’t include his rank, which I hope is low. But if you’re reading this post, buddy, then read this.

UPDATE: Okay, a bunch of people have emailed me to say that I should publish the guy’s name and email. Well, it’s not like I promised him confidentiality. He didn’t even ask for it. On the other hand, I looked him up and discovered that he’s a lance corporal (though, believe it or not, in a Public Affairs unit! — thanks to the miracle of Google I’ve even got his CO’s direct number). Anyway, it’s not like this is a guy wielding a lot of discretion, and I think he was just popping off. So I don’t think I should publish the information, even though I’d certainly be within my rights to do so. Here’s the letter, in its entirety (you can see that my earlier paraphrase, er, cleaned it up a bit):

WHATS WRONG WITH SYRIA.. COCKSUCKER.. THERE NOT DOING ANYTHING TO YOU… STOP SUPPORTING THE JEWS. AND AMERICA WOULDNT BE IN THIS MESS..

This certainly isn’t boosting my opinion of the Marines, but I’ve known enough Marines in my time that I’m not going to generalize here, either. Any Marines out there think I’m handling this wrong?

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