July 07, 2004

Mexican Fear of Marines

This is just one of those things that you don't quite know how to take. I mean, you are enraged, and at the same time, you've got a little smirk going. The situation, a funeral.

Lcpl. Juan Lopez was one of four U.S. Marines killed in an ambush in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on June 21. Lopez was born in San Luis De La Paz, Mexico, immigrated to Dalton, GA, as teen before joining the Marines. During his funeral, Sunday, Mexican soldiers blocked the path of a color guard as they marched to the grave site.

Personally, I am pissed that these asses would dishonor this young Marine's memory over some replica rifles. The initial 21 gun salute was scrapped because Mexico's Constitution bans foreign soldiers from carrying firearms. Sounds as if the soldiers thought they might fire it anyway. Still, how low do you go?

And that's where the smirk starts. (All apologies and respect to Lcpl. Lopez and his family.) Did these soldiers have the first line of the Marine Hymn going through their tiny little skulls? Were they afraid that 10 Marines were going to storm their country? How frickin' sorry! You really do want to cry for Lopez's family, while fighting off rage and the urge to laugh at the imbeciles.

Posted by That 1 Guy at July 7, 2004 01:30 AM