Originally Posted by Bladerunner
Yeah basically. He does make one good point though, in that the logic behind serving a higher philosophical calling applies equally to Tillman and Bin Laden. I have been amazed at the number of people that simply don't understand why 9/11 happened or that claim "they hate us for our freedom." For all their horrible actions, and they are severe enough to be hunted down, tried, sentenced, and perhaps executed, the perpetrators of 9/11 had and have a rationale. The U.S. was targeted for many years for their presence and foreign policy in the Middle East. Of course the U.S. was perfectly justified in conducting such policy, but there are consequences to all choices and Al Queda's actions certainly stemmed from their interpretation of U.S. foreign policy (i.e. perceived hegemony).
It sounds like the author's issue is far more with corporatism and the many bad artifacts of a capitalistic society. It's unfortunate that he chose to invoke the name of a slain soldier to exclaim his view. Pat Tillman's name has been misused and profiteered from quite frequently lately, it certainly didn't need another round from the other side of the political spectrum.
Well, I don't read this guy a lot but I'd guess he does this with everything that has any prayer of being connected politically. I'd imagine Thanksgiving with this guy is a joke.
"Would you like gravy on your potatoes?"
"You mean that corporate slime that you bought at a mega-mart that is destroying small towns and ruining the jobs of middle-America?"
"Just answer yes or no, Mickey."
"I won't let you reduce me to your totalitarian platitudes! My answer is 16! And you must now conform your question to my answer for once! You like that?!? Not so easy to hold me down now with your suspiciously brown gravy on offensively white potatoes...."
"Dude, why do you have be such an ass all the..."
"I won't do this! I don't need to sanction this totalitarian holiday designed to worship the oppression and mass murder of millions of the natives on this continent! And don't think I don't know that these orange slices weren't grown on burned down rain forest land!"
"Would you please leave?"
"Batho Pele! Batho Pele! Rise up! Rise up!"