Friday, October 20, 2006

Heroes

I've had Pat Tillman's quote posted above ever since I read about it. He was a soldier, a scholar and a hero.

Today, there's more evidence that the Tillman family gets it. Pat's brother and fellow Ranger, Kevin Tillman, writes:
It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier would leave us without a voice… until we get out.

Much has happened since we handed over our voice:

Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can’t be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.
You must read the whole thing. It's a call for everyone to perform the simple service of voting for change, delivered as only a soldier can.

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