took a window seat and the other sat next to him in the middle
seat... Just before takeoff, a U.S. Marine sat down in the aisle
seat. After takeoff, the Marine kicked his shoes off, wiggled his
toes and was settling in when the Arab in the window seat said, 'I
need to get up and get a coke.' 'Don't get up,' said the Marine,
'I'm in the aisle seat, 'I'll get it for you.'
As soon as he left, one of the Arabs picked up the Marine's shoe
and spat in it. When the Marine returned with the coke, the other
Arab said, 'That looks good, I'd really like one, too.' Again, the
Marine obligingly went to fetch it. While he was gone the other
Arab picked up the Marines other shoe and spat in it. When the
Marine returned, they all sat back and enjoyed the flight.
As the plane was landing, the Marine slipped his feet into his
shoes and knew immediately what had happened. He leaned over and
asked his Arab neighbors... 'Why does it have to be this way?' 'How
long must this go on? This fighting between our nations? This
hatred? This animosity? This spitting in shoes and pissing in cokes?'
THE FEW. THE PROUD. THE MARINES.