Why Is Pat Tillman Dead?
As the pomp and circumstance surrounding the September 11th commemoration finally winds down, one question haunts me. Why is Pat Tillman dead? One of my favorite TV shows, HBO’s "Inside the NFL", had a special segment on how one of Tillman’s best friends, Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, is dealing with the tragedy of Tillman’s death. (Yes, I watch football highlight shows. So sue me.) Like just about everyone involved, Plummer is wondering aloud about some pretty basic issues like honesty and truth. From where I sit, the wondering should just about be over.
What Is Obvious to Everyone
A few things are pretty obvious to almost anyone with even a passing interest in sports and world affairs for instance:
Pat Tillman was a professional football player.
He attended college in Arizona and played professionally there as well.
As I understand it, he had a penchant for sincerity, was renowned for
his leadership and zest for life, and had a quality that seemed to attract
all to him.
What Is (Apparently) Not Obvious to Everyone
A few things seem pretty obvious to those of us who see the Army for what it is – the "strong-arm" component of a government seemingly bent on world domination at almost any cost. At the risk of appearing either insensitive or unpatriotic or both, I feel compelled to toss out a few of those apparently not-so-obvious items, including:
Pat Tillman’s death was not the first significant
event about which the U.S. Army has lied, nor will it be the last. Given
that we are still looking for WMDs in a country apparently with none,
lying is about par for the course!
Effective strategy aside, after such a display of bold-faced lying, it would take quite a bit of child-like naïveté to believe any "official statements" that may come out in the future. I suspect those who grieve most for Pat Tillman are already aware of this; certainly they have my sincere sympathy for their loss. To any others who think the next investigation will yield "real" answers let me make this offer: I am in possession of a fantastic piece of real estate containing a bridge, a railroad, and airstrip, and inhabited by a herd of unicorns. I am offering it for a fantastic price, but only to those who show up wearing a Yankee Doodle hat and driving a car – preferably American made – with an "I Support the Troops" magnetic ribbon proudly displayed. This property will not last long!
So why is Pat Tillman dead? He is dead because he so believed in his country and what he thought its flag stood for that he left a comfortable life in the National Football League to volunteer to join the U.S. Army as a Ranger and go to Afghanistan ostensibly in pursuit of Osama bin Laden. I sincerely believe he thought he was going to "fight for freedom", although what he and his comrades are actually fighting for is debatable. What is most assuredly not debatable is this. Subsequent to his death – via the bullets of his own countrymen – the government he represented chose to reward his "gift" by lying to his family (and everyone else) repeatedly about how he died. If they would lie about an event such as this – where a key issue in play is the feelings of those who loved Pat Tillman, versus any item of legitimate national security interest – what else would they lie about?
And exactly how much longer are we going to give these people a free pass to treat us as they please?
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