Okay. . totally OT, but gonna ask anyway
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|Fri, 04-30-2004 - 9:43am|
I know this has NOTHING to do with SAH/WOH, but I don't participate on any of the other debate boards so I don't feel comfortable raising these questions elsewhere.
I'm sure by know you've all heard of the tragic and heroic death of Spc (now Cpl) Pat Tillman, the former Phoenix Cardinal football player who left the NFL and a 3+million dollar contract to join the Army.
I applaud Cpl Tillman for his service and am humbled by the sacrifice of his life for our country, but what I'm wondering is what message does the media frenzy over his tragic death say to the families of other soldiers who've made the same ultimate sacrifice. . .and are mere numbers to the media?
Are those soldiers less worthy because they weren't 'famous' before their service and death?
Are those soldiers assumed to have had nothing else to live for or other career options other than the Army, as opposed to Cpl Tillman who 'gave up so much'?
And please realize my questions are regarding the MEDIA frenzy regarding the tragedy, not Cpl Tillman, his service, or his sacrifice. . .those stand alone in tribute to patriotism and commitment to something outside oneself.