Sunday, October 22, 2006

Politics: Kevin Tillman's Nation piece

Kevin Tillman, brother of friendly-fire victim and NFL player, Pat Tillman, had this to say in The Nation. Read it. You can't call Kevin Tillman some sort of armchair hippie liberal. He joined up with the Army after 11 September 2001. His brother was killed, not by the terrorists he was sent to kill, but by fellow American soldiers in a tragic accident. He has earned his right to dissent, and he has defended mine. Here is a brief passage:

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

Somehow, I think that he's not alone in thinking this.


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