I went to high school at the height of the Iraq and Afghan Wars. My mantra was simple: agree or disagree with the war all you want; always support the soldiers fighting it. I am happy to say that, for the most part, people of my generation refrained from unleashing their geopolitical ravings onto soldiers.
However, there are still some who maintain the vile mindset that prompted hippies to spit-on Vietnam soldiers.
One Marine from Queensbury, New York, walked to his car in a parking lot and found a hateful note that wishes death upon the former Marine for his part in advancing “Islamophobia” by fighting in the war.
Identified by his Purple Heart bumper sticker, denoting an injury sustained in fighting the enemy, the Marine revealed to news sources that the note read:
“I see you have a Purple Heart sticker and Iraq war veteran sticker. It’s too bad you were only wounded, the world would be better off if you were killed. All of you Islamophobe vets deserve to die!! Fuck you and your ‘service.’”
NEWS10 ABC reported on the incident and showed the note to Lt. Steven Stockdale from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, who said that the writer of the note could potentially face charges.
“That’s the first thing I look for… When we see something like that – is there any potential criminality?” Stockdale stated.
“Communication these days has gotten very easy for people who want to stay anonymous,” he said. “And it takes a lot more courage to strap on an 80 pound pack and go to the Middle East and fight for your country than it does to scribble on a note and leave it cowardly behind on somebody’s windshield.”
Some commenters have called the note a “threat” and an “act of terrorism.” While the tone is certainly threatening, it does not seem to issue a direct threat.
In this day and age where political extremism is not only tolerated by the radicalized left, but encouraged, it is not hard to see why someone would think it was okay to leave such a note. Lashing-out in the alleged furtherance of supposed “social justice” has become socially accepted behavior.