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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Pat Tillman Had Better Not Have Died In Vain

When I heard the news that Pat Tillman's friendly fire death had been reclassified as possible homicide, I was terribly upset.

Dying for your country, out of your own convictions, is sad enough, but laudable enough, to make this bitter pill go down easier. But murder -- deliberate, cold-hearted murder...

I don't know what to think, and I am at a loss to know (if as the Arizona papers are intimating) that there was some kind of Army cover-up, including the burning of his diaries, what this all means.

Thanks to my Blogfather, I had followed Tillman's journey from would-be NFL millionaire to fallen American hero, and mourned his loss like so many did.

Ever since I read that Ted Williams gave up his baseballing career not once, but twice for two tours of military duty, had I not seen such an example of an athlete, putting everything on the line for his country, including his life.

But now, my thoughts are a jumble of questions:

- If it was homicide, does this mean he was betrayed by one or more of his buddies in the Army?

- Why? Jealousy, revenge, alpha male jockeying?

(I'm reminded that Clark Gable always had envious men challenge him to fights in bars, just to prove that they were man enough versus a tough hombre like him)

- Or were there even more nefarious circumstances, behind this now doubly tragic incident?


This is one time, I wish I didn't have to ask, and I wish people couldn't tell.

8 Comments:

  • Pat Tillman is a true American heroe! The recent revelations sadden me but in no way diminish what a great example he was for his country.

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Tue Mar 07, 08:41:00 am GMT-5  

  • Victoria, are you familar with the history of the ballplayer Moe Berg? You should check him out if not, just for his war record!

    By Blogger Ron, at Tue Mar 07, 10:12:00 am GMT-5  

  • I don't know what happened either.
    I know murder is capable of being anywhere two or more humans gather. I hope he did not die that way.

    By Blogger Paul, at Tue Mar 07, 10:31:00 am GMT-5  

  • The term that's been used has been 'negligent homicide' which is a very different animal from what most people think of as murder.

    The military is investigating the possibility that someone didn't follow some procedure that they should have, and this negligence was avoidable and obvious, but so far nobody has suggested there was malice aforethought involved in Pat Tillman's death.

    It's still a terrible incident, but war is never safe for the enemy, civilians or troops.

    Even 'good' wars like World War II are filled with avoidable incidents and questionable decisions that lead to deaths on a horrifying scale (and all mistakes are avoidable in retrospect).

    This story will continue to get spun around many ways. For evidence I submit Operation Tiger off the shores of Devon. If you believe the Guardian (which with their track record why would you?) 749 Americans died when British troops used live ammunition during a secret D-Day training exercise and continued to fire even though they saw that the 'invading troops' were really dying.

    The alternate (and official) take is that this was possibly an avoidable tragedy due to a communications foul-up and the talk of conspiracies and cover-ups started since they kept the casualties secret for a few months to protect the D-Day invasion plans.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you see competing versions of the death of Pat Tillman for years to come as well.

    By Blogger XWL, at Tue Mar 07, 03:52:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Pat Tillman is a true American heroe! The recent revelations sadden me but in no way diminish what a great example he was for his country

    Sadly, unheralded on MSM.

    Has ESPN even done a whole segment on him?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 08, 01:53:00 am GMT-5  

  • Victoria, are you familar with the history of the ballplayer Moe Berg? You should check him out if not, just for his war record!

    Cool! Thanks, Ron, I shall.

    I may even use "Moe Berg" for my MLB fantasy team name. ;)

    (Anyone who is interested in joining my Yahoo Fantasy MLB PLUS league, starting soon, let me know. No charge to you)

    One thing though:

    I am especially, especially sentimental over Tillman, because he is a modern athlete.

    Although in NO WAY does this diminish what Williams or Berg may have done for their country, turning down today's bucks in the NFL, is something pretty amazing.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 08, 01:56:00 am GMT-5  

  • I don't know what happened either.
    I know murder is capable of being anywhere two or more humans gather.


    Never a truer word has been said.

    I hope he did not die that way.

    Seems that the other commenters have said not, so thank God for that, if it turns out to be true.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 08, 01:57:00 am GMT-5  

  • The term that's been used has been 'negligent homicide' which is a very different animal from what most people think of as murder.

    Thank God for that, XWL. :)

    What you say reminds me of the walkie-talkie foul-up, during the WTC disaster.

    Lots of good men and women died that day, because of adequate communications in a time of stress.

    The alternate (and official) take is that this was possibly an avoidable tragedy due to a communications foul-up and the talk of conspiracies and cover-ups started since they kept the casualties secret for a few months to protect the D-Day invasion plans.

    And this is a good time to remind people that over 15,000 French villagers, died during the Allied invasion on D-Day.

    That's 15,000 people, who didn't die in vain, but you know -- they were caught in the crosshairs.

    Very tough for the families.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you see competing versions of the death of Pat Tillman for years to come as well.

    This is what we all fear...

    I don't know how the Tillman's received this news, but it must've brought back the pain all over again.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 08, 02:01:00 am GMT-5  

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