December 06, 2004
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Pat Tillman was a war hero. The fact that he was killed by friendly fire, and the government lied about it to make him a media hero doesn't change that.
At his funeral, his brother Rich said "Pat isnít with God. Heís fucking dead. He wasnít religious. So thank you for your thoughts, but heís fucking dead." Amen, brother. Give me such heartfelt honesty rather than the faux-piousness of the media any day.
Posted by david at December 6, 2004 10:41 AM
Before I read this post and the article quoting his brother Rich, I hadn't cared that an NFL player had sacrificed his paycheck and ultimately his life for the US military operation in the Middle East. I've written before that war is supposed to work as such: innocent, young, brave people kill other innocent people and then die grisly, premature deaths--sometimes by fellow soldiers.
But, wow. Pat Tillman wore a dress to a baby's godparent service to illustrate his dedication to the child. Despite (or maybe because of) being non-religious, he read the Bible AND the Koran. He apparently questioned big issues and relished in spirited debate, for he understood you can learn more about yourself from those with whom you disagree most.
Tillman must have pondered the war on terrorism, its implications and our place in the world. He doesn't sound like the kind of person to blindly fall in line with authority, especially concerning as highly a controversial topic as that. I wonder who he would have voted for.
I'm now truly sorry he died but am glad this story is starting to get out in the media. America needs to hear a mantra like "challenge yourself" now more than ever.