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Old 04-23-2004, 05:07 PM   #31
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Anyone remember how Simeon Rice said Tillman wasn't that good at football (though he had over 200 tackles - a franchise record - one year and 153 (3rd most in the league) in 2000), that he probably joined up because he watched too many Rambo movies? I sent my share of hate mail to Rice and I hope you all do the same.
Simeon Rice probably feels bad enough right about now ... there's enough hate in the world without us all sending the man nasty emails. Lord knows I've said some stupid things without thinking and put my foot in my mouth countless times. We should cut him some slack.

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Old 04-23-2004, 05:23 PM   #32
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"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings, which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing, which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than him." -- John Stewart Mill (1806-1873)
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Is that supposed to justify his death or make us feel guilty about not enlisting? I find your quote highly inappropriate and devoid of any value.
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:23 PM   #33
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Rice has a right to be an idiot, he voiced his opinion. I hope he understands that Pat Tillman paid the ultimate price for him to do so.
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:29 PM   #34
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Rice has a right to be an idiot, he voiced his opinion. I hope he understands that Pat Tillman paid the ultimate price for him to do so.
Maybe he understands, maybe he doesn't. I don't see what gets accomplished by sending him hate mail, except creating more anger and hatred. This is the type of crap that plants the seed of violence and war in the first place.
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:38 PM   #35
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Let's not make a debate out of this tragedy. This thread should be devoted to thoughts about Pat Tillman, his family, and those that have made similar sacrifices.

We can debate the political and philosophical issues surrounding the war in another thread.

As far as Simeon Rice goes, I don't think his petty and thoughtless comments are worthy of attention or debate.

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Old 04-23-2004, 05:57 PM   #36
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Regardless of political beliefs, the mourning is the focus of this day... thoughts with the tillman family.
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Old 04-23-2004, 06:02 PM   #37
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Yes it's a great quote. Gandhi and MLK certainly were miserable creatures, weren't they? History shows us that you can "fight" for things and win without resorting to violence.
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Old 04-23-2004, 06:20 PM   #38
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I had no intention of angering those who disagree with the quote (or the quoter). Pat Tillman believed in his course enough to lay down his life for it - as did both Gandhi and MLK. Whether or not anyone here agrees with him, his sacrifice was noble.
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Old 04-23-2004, 06:30 PM   #39
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I agree that his sacrifice was noble. He could have taken the easy way out but he didn't. I respect his convictions and his choice. But the quote seems to be saying that you're weak unless you're willing to go to war and I don't think that's true. I was just pointing out that MLK and Gandhi fought and died for what they believed in without using violence and without regard for their personal safety, and I think their sacrifice was just as noble, if not more so, because it's so difficult to stay on the path of nonviolence when people are attacking you. That said, Pat Tillman is a hero and I'm genuinely sad today, though I didn't even know him.

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Old 04-23-2004, 06:45 PM   #40
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"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings, which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing, which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than him." -- John Stewart Mill (1806-1873)
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My condolences to Pat Tillman's family and loved ones.
John Stewart Mill (1806-1873) died at the ripe old age of 67. In 1873 that is very old. He never fought in any war.
John Stewart Mill was an intellectual and lived a privileged life. He was educated entirely by his father, James Mill, and was deliberately shielded from association with other boys of his age. At the age of 21 he had a mental breakdown, that was later blamed on his father and the rigid way he brought him up.
It is typical that an intellectual, politician or President that never fought in a war says something like this....and ends up with the power to send people to war to die.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding any given war.
It is easy for someone that never has been to war to say this .

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Old 04-23-2004, 07:06 PM   #41
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Old 04-23-2004, 07:38 PM   #42
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I must say I hope that the Arizona Cardinals remember what a great man and what great services he gave to their team and takes care of his family. I know it's not required, but it would be a nice gesture.

As of Simeon Rice's comments - I seriously doubt they were after this guy died. He has his right to an opinion and I highly doubt Rice would say something of the sort to enflame a mourning family. I'm sure they didn't get along in AZ and he was sick of hearing about him. If his comments were after this tragedy, then fuck him!
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Old 04-23-2004, 08:03 PM   #43
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Tillman is a great hero. He really speaks to what makes this country great. He could have had a plush life with a fat contract in the NFL, and instead he gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

We are all in his debt, as well as to the other courageous men and women who defend this country.
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Old 04-23-2004, 08:19 PM   #44
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Like most of you when I saw the news on Pat Tilman's death today I was upset by it. I think we can all appreciate his love of country and his desire to be part of something far greater than himself.

I know there are a few others that post here often like me that are in the military. We all know of the possiblility that this may happen to us but it is an accepted part of life. I ask that we all take pause to reflect on the sacrifices being made everyday by our brothers and sisters fighting "over there."

Oh, one last thing... I believe the quote listed below rings true -- especially today...
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Old 04-23-2004, 08:31 PM   #45
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Gentlemen,

This thread started as tribute to a man who measured courage and conviction in much different way than most. Please let it remain so. Enough on the virtues of war and peace. Daseal, Ghost, SkinsFan and I are having a most interesting discussion on these issues in the Parking Lot, check out our threads there and comment appropriately.

In this thread, can we simply remember a man who laid his life down for his convictions and offer support to his family.

Thank you.
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