Thursday, April 29, 2004

Your Tax Dollars at Work:

From someone named Rene Gonzalez at the UMass Daily Collegian, on the death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan:
You know he was a real Rambo, who wanted to be in the "real" thick of things. I could tell he was that type of macho guy, from his scowling, beefy face on the CNN pictures. Well, he got his wish...

....However, in my neighborhood in Puerto Rico, Tillman would have been called a "pendejo," an idiot. Tillman, in the absurd belief that he was defending or serving his all-powerful country from a seventh-rate, Third World nation devastated by the previous conflicts it had endured, decided to give up a comfortable life to place himself in a combat situation that cost him his life. This was not "Ramon or Tyrone," who joined the military out of financial necessity, or to have a chance at education. This was a "G.I. Joe" guy who got what was coming to him. That was not heroism, it was prophetic idiocy.
Funny thing is, on the campus of most universities this pedantic, adolescent posturing is the norm rather than the exception. Fortunately, our nation has the likes of Pat Tillman defending it, rather than the likes of effete, limp-wristed grad students named "Rene."

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