City of Roses
Success and defeat can mean different things to different people, perhaps?
I agree with that.
As long as we are on the subject of abstract words, it reminds me of the whole Pat Tillman saga again, and what "honor" really is, where April 22nd will be three years since this corporal passed away in Afghanistan.
The first version of this story was that Tillman was killed in an ambush by hostile forces in Afghanistan. Then, after his memorial service at the end of May of 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.
Coming on three years later, even 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!"
It's absolutely mind-boggling to me. What I really want to know is, if there was indeed a cover-up, which I believe there was, 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 diminish ANYTHING he did whatsoever?
Pat Tillman didn't deserve that Silver Star by that artificial patriotic window dressing that was made up. 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. Unfortunately, "honor" seems to mean differently to a selective few that make up a portion of the Pentagon.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"