I don’t personally know the Marines that were killed in today’s attack in Chattanooga, but as a Marine myself, I do know Marines. These fallen brothers might have been conducting routine job duties here in America, but make no mistake, they joined the Marines to fight the bad guys, not run from them. So why on Earth some wannabe Jihadi who only thinks he is tough because he follows ISIS on twitter thinks he is accomplishing anything by this senseless cowardly act is beyond me. Are Marines supposed to start shedding their uniforms and running for the door? Or perhaps you think that you have depleted our forces by 4 today and that somehow makes us weaker. Well, let you me tell you wannabe Jihadi I know how Marines are born and all you accomplished today was to make more Marines.
The Birth of a Marine
Look, I’m sorry but you don’t join the Marines for the pay, the benefits or the luxurious lifestyle. True of most branches, but most certainly of the Marines. There is no middle ground about who Marines are. We are not built for humanitarian assistance although we might do it. We are not built for garrison although we are often there. The Marine Corps exist to kill bad guys. Nothing more, nothing less and it takes a certain kind of kid to step on those yellow footprints and say I want to do that too.
If you look at this incident and it makes you afraid to join the Marines for fear it could happen to you, then I say good riddance. I promise, we didn’t want you anyway. However, if you are a 17 year old kid and the fact that some douchebag decided to attack America doesn’t sit right with you, then it might be a sign. Thus, if that leads you to put on a uniform of any type that is honorable and welcomed.
But let me tell you. If the thought of an attack on America make you want to slay the bad guys with the warrior elite, then I have some yellow footprints to introduce. These are the type of people who pick the Marines and while they may not know it, the Marine in them is slowly being born. So when an attack of this nature occurs, what started as a seed gives way to roots and those soon to be men step forward and say, here am I, send me.
The bad guys can’t kill the Marine Corps because for every one they might slay, 5 more will rise up in the hearts of such men. Those who were slain today were themselves such. I didn’t know them, but they wouldn’t have held the title Marine were it not so. They might have been stateside, but I guarantee you every one of them would have hopped on a plane today to take the fight to the enemy. You can’t win ISIS. You can’t out kill us. You can try, but every time you kill a Marine, you make 5 more, and ensure the subsequent death of 100 of your little medieval goat raping buddies.
Oh I’m sorry ISIS, did you think you were the only ones who knew how to recruit fighters? Did you think you were the only ones to come up with powerful messaging under the premise of dying for your cause? Please fools, the Marine Corps has been doing this for 240 years and yet, we fight with honor, dignity, and unprecedented violence. I would tell you more about it, but you and your buddies have already been feeling it for the past 13 years and should we come back we will give you a refresher.
The truth is I am angry about this attack and I mourn the fallen. But it is not me you need to fear. You need to fear that 17 year old kid you just inspired to join the Marines today. Because soon, his foot will be on your throat. You may kill more of us in the future, but if you do, it will be two boots on your throat instead of one. Your choice. America is not going anywhere and we will not crouch in fear so long as my beloved Marine Corps exists. Drink a toast to our fallen today brothers and another to welcome those that will now step forward to say, here am I, send me.
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