Monday, May 23, 2005

Tillman's Parents Are Critical Of Army

Former NFL player Pat Tillman's family is lashing out against the Army,
saying that the military's investigations into Tillman's friendly-fire death in
Afghanistan last year were a sham and that Army efforts to cover up the truth
have made it harder for them to deal with their loss.

More than a year after their son was shot several times by his fellow Army Rangers on a craggy hillside near the Pakistani border, Tillman's mother and father said in interviews that they believe the military and the government created a heroic tale about how their son died to foster a patriotic response across the country. They say the Army's "lies" about what happened have made them suspicious, and that they are certain they will never get the full story.

"Pat had high ideals about the country; that's why he did what he did,"
Mary Tillman said in her first lengthy interview since her son's death. "The
military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of
disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own
men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied
about it afterward is disgusting."

I do not blog about the war or my comrades still engaged in the fight any longer. Since I returned from Iraq my view of the war has soured beyond anything I thought possible before.

I wrote this piece about Pat Tillman back in April of last year. It is sad to see that the story of this young man and his sacrifice for ideals he held has come to such a nasty end.

One fact is very clear to me and has been for a very long time. The Empire is not concerned with right or wrong in any terms other than what advances the goals and objectives of empire itself.

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