Here we go again - http://www.clubb5.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=78267eryky said:We mourn the passing of Pat Tillman, a TRUE American hero.
i'm not siding w/ him but i do think his post was taken out of context. i would have altered the text of that post but i do think he was taken out of context.Postman said:
2ND That.Medrosje said:i'm not siding w/ him but i do think his post was taken out of context. i would have altered the text of that post but i do think he was taken out of context.Postman said:
I don't think that is possible since the entire context was in that thread. I think he did a poor job of saying what he really wanted to say and it ended up offending people. One way to look at it is, say, Tillman's wife was reading that thread: I wonder if he would be proud of his comments?Medrosje said:i'm not siding w/ him but i do think his post was taken out of context. i would have altered the text of that post but i do think he was taken out of context.
VERY WELL PUT!Boris said:What makes this guy special is not the fame and money he had and gave up on in order to serve his country, but the principle of what he did. He did the exact opposite of what 99.9% of population of US would do if in his shoes. I think that is the essence that linux and many others are failing to see. Instead of recognizing the selflessness of his action and therefore showing positive example some are attacking him posthumously as if he wanted the fame. Remember, he had the fame and gave it up. That makes the argument put forth by his distractors null and void.
What people who voice displeasure at the publicity his death because of his past fame are completely missing is the need for positive examples that are needed in times of crisis. People like Pat Tillman have the capacity to bring people together, and make the nation stronger as whole. The difference between him and some other anonymous soldier who is also honorably serving is the fact that the anonymous soldier was known only by his family and friends, and Pat Tillman by majority of US population. The difference means that there is more emotional impact on more people because we associate ourselves with the celebrity as if we knew them. We feel compassion about the death of the anonymous soldier too, but it is not as strong. One only need to look at historical examples of celebrities serving in military in times of war to see this relation. Secondary, the celebrities that served, usually served in public relations positions nowhere near combat.
What makes Pat Tillman in my opinion more special than anybody else, is the fact that he went and shunned publicity. I am sure that the Army wanted to use him as example, but we never heard of his service nor any personal information of him serving. And he's been in the Army since 2002. That is the proof of his dedication and personal belief in service to his country.
I only wish that there were more Pat Tillmans because I believe that today people are more attuned to what rights they have, but responsibilities, and there are responsibilities in order to live in one of the most tolerant and economically advanced countries in the world today, are conveniently forgatten.
So RIP Pat Tillman, you were the man that many should strive to be. You served your country and paid the ultimate price for it. I stand here in awe and wish that I could be the man you were.