We were pretty good friends up until then. He knew I was anti-war all the way but we didn't argue over it until one day I got an Email from my friend when Tillman was killed and I thought that he knew Tillman personally the way he went on and on about what a great American he was. I told my friend I was sorry to hear it. That still didn't stop me from saying that it was such a shame that this guy died for nothing. Then I was informed that Tillman was such a patriot that he gave up his lucrative football career to kill the "bad guys". I was still not impressed and perhaps I said something to the effect that he must have been dumb or something like that. I was then accused of being a football bigot. That was pretty much the end of our cordial relationship.
Now I read that Tillman was killed by "friendly fire" which is about the stupidest thing you could ever call this. People who signed up for the military out of anger or fear after 9/11 are not what I would call friendly... but nevertheless, my sympathy goes out to the family of Pat Tillman. Maybe he didn't die in vain afterall. Maybe we learn from this.
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.
"After it happened, all the people in positions of authority went out of their way to script this," Patrick Tillman said. "They purposely interfered with the investigation, they covered it up. I think they thought they could control it, and they realized that their recruiting efforts were going to go to hell in a handbasket if the truth about his death got out. They blew up their poster boy."
"Every day is sort of emotional," Mary Tillman said. "It just keeps slapping me in the face. To find that he was killed in this debacle -- everything that could have gone wrong did -- it's so much harder to take. We should not have been subjected to all of this. This lie was to cover their image. I think there's a lot more yet that we don't even know, or they wouldn't still be covering their tails.
"If this is what happens when someone high profile dies, I can only imagine what happens with everyone else."[Read Story]