City of Roses
| ABC News: March 31, 2007
Over this past week, the saga has gotten far more unsettling, with the latest update indicating that weeks after his death, Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal wrote in a April 29, 2004 memo to General John Abizaid the following, trying to warn the president that Tillman likely had died of friendly fire:
"I felt that it was essential that you received this information as soon as we detected it in order to preclude any unknowing statements by our country's leaders which might cause public embarrassment if the circumstances of Cpl. Tillman's death become public,"
As I already expressed in the thread "Who Is Afraid Of The Big, Bad Fox?", multiple versions of this story have continually surfaced from the very beginning, the first of which being that Tillman was killed in an ambush by hostile forces in Afghanistan.
After Tillman's memorial service at the end of May 2004, after this professional football star's memory was used as psuedo-patriotic jujitsu intended to drive up recruitment and even romanticize the war in Iraq, the Army revealed a second version of the story; that Tillman had not been killed by the Taliban, but instead by friendly fire.
One year later, version three of the story came out, when the Army admitted it was friendly fire from virtually the day he died. And on Monday, unfortunately yet another version, version four, was revealed; where nine officers, four generals among them, knew, including at least one who attended Tillman‘s memorial service, but decided to say nothing to the family about the truth while he was there.
April 22nd will be three years since his passing away in Afghanistan, and even now his parents say they are STILL not getting the truth from U.S military officials, why testimony is restricted to those in that group that accidentally killed her son, why one day U.S military officials told Tillman's parents his diary had been lost but then later on says "Ohhhhhhh wait, thhaaaaatttt diary, rrrigghhtttt, the one that was burned with his clothes after that tragic ordeal!"
I simply don't get it. What really boggles my mind is, if there was indeed a cover-up, WHY did they even bother with it, why was it necessary to have undertaken it?
Tillman was ALREADY a hero from the very beginning, simply by genuinely serving our country and volunteering truly is patriotism in its purest and most unadulterated form, and ended up giving as much as anyone ever could. That just because he happened to have died from friendly fire, how does that subtract from ANYTHING he did whatsoever? Did they believe the fact he opposed the war in Iraq somehow diminished what he did and who he was? Or that he read Noam Chomsky? Or that he played for a NFL team that hasn't had a winning season since 1998?
This goes for foreign policy critics as well, who also have exploited his death for their own ends. As mentioned earlier in this thread, Rene Gonzalez and Ted Rall were just two individuals who did just that, the former claiming he got what he deserved for being a "macho man", and the latter claiming Tillman was little more than a misled idiot who enlisted just to kill Arabs.
Pat Tillman didn't deserve that Silver Star by that artificial patriotic window dressing that was made up, nor by courageously expressing his opinions and challenging the foreign policy status quo. Tillman deserved that Silver Star simply because he was Pat Tillman, selflessly serving boldly and honorably for his country.
Tillman forever deserves our honor and sincerest respect, and his family may never understand why some at the Pentagon ever even bothered to re-write his already compelling, pure, heroic life story.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"