The Truth About That Cop-Killing Mexican Anti-War Marine

If you watched
the evening news a week ago, you may recall the
sensational story of a distraught Marine who died in a
murderous shootout with police.

Anti-war writers
and Latino activists have turned the cop-killer, Lance
Cpl. Andres Raya, into a martyr.

Don`t believe
the hype.

Network and
cable TV shows repeatedly broadcast video and photo
stills of Raya`s Jan. 9 bloody gun battle in a Ceres,
Calif., liquor store.

Mental health experts
immediately blamed
post-traumatic stress disorder. Ignoring the
cold-blooded murder of one of the ambushed police
officers who was lured to his death, international
headlines instead trumpeted the supposedly traumatized

Teenage War Veteran Committed Suicide `By Cop`

Marine `Committed Suicide by Cop to Avoid Iraq Return`

Kin of Marine Who Shot Policemen Ask if He Is a Casualty
of War

Young Camp Pendleton Marine who shot officers did not
want to go back to Iraq

The far Left
website, SF Bay Area,

posted a complaint
that the California
legislature—which lowered its flags to honor slain cop

Sgt. Howard Stevenson
—was showing “no
[for the] young man whose life was
ruined by military service.”

La Voz de
, a

radical fringe publication

Mexican nationalists
lionized Raya and demonized police:

“One can only speculate what horrors
Andres Raya experienced in Fallujah. The slaughter by

occupation forces
of Iraqi civilians in Fallujah has
been compared to the slaughter in

by Nazi forces in 1937. Many U.S. Marines
with a conscious

have found it very difficult to reconcile the Iraqi
civilian murders in their minds and have committed
suicide. U.S. Marine Andres Raya decided to take some
cops with him. Most probably he was harassed by them
while growing up Mexican in this small northern
California town.”

The paper also
lambasted Raya`s hometown, Ceres, as “a

town notorious for its mistreatment of his

Writing in the
anti-war publication,

, Jack Random lamented Raya`s
death as

“symbolic of the untold story of
war…Hundreds of thousands of trained killers survive
combat only to come home to a life for which they are no
longer prepared. They have seen what men and women
should never see. They have engaged in operations that
brought them face to face with the death of innocent
civilians, women and children.”

The only
elements missing in the bleeding-heart coverage of
Raya`s story were the soundtrack to

and a bulk order of Kleenex.

There`s just one
thing wrong with the sympathetic spin about the anti-war
Marine. It`s all dead wrong.

This much is
true about Raya: The 19-year-old man did in fact serve
with the Marines` 1st Intelligence Battalion`s motor
transport unit as a driver in Iraq.

But contrary to
the impression left by initial media reports, Raya had
never seen combat. And he was not headed back to Iraq.
He had been transferred to a new unit scheduled for
deployment to


"During our
investigation, we found he wasn`t due to go back to
Iraq, never faced combat situations and never even fired
his gun,"
County Sheriff`s Deputy Jason Woodman said.[Police:
No War Stress for Marine Who Killed Cop
, AP
January 16, 2005]

Raya was high on
cocaine at the time of the ambush, according to police
reports. He was reportedly affiliated with the


Nuestra Familia.
Investigators found photos of
Raya wearing gang colors and a shopping list in his
bedroom safe that included body armor, assault rifles,
and ammunition.

Authorities also
discovered a video showing Raya smoking what appears to
be marijuana and making gang sign gestures. The tape
showed desecrated pieces of the American flag laid on a
gymnasium floor to spell out expletives directed at
President Bush.

Family members
deny Raya`s gang ties and blame the military. Meanwhile,
Raya`s neighborhood was decorated with anti-cop graffiti
such as

“Kill the Pigs”
in his memory.

And militant
Hispanic residents celebrate Raya. Ceres resident Hilda

told the New York Times
that Raya "died
like a true

He died standing on his feet."

The question
isn`t what got into Raya when he entered the military.
The question is why and how Raya— who police say had a
propensity for violence well before he joined the

into our military
in the first place. 

And now you know
the rest of the story.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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