Matters are a little clearer for those living outside the American borders. Tillman got himself killed in a country other than his own without having been forced to go over to that country to kill its people. After all, whether we like them or not, the Taliban is more Afghani than we are. Their resistance is more legitimate than our invasion, regardless of the fact that our social values are probably more enlightened than theirs. For that, he shouldn’t be hailed as a hero, he should be used as a poster boy for the dangerous consequences of too much “America is #1,” frat boy, propaganda bull. It might just make a regular man irrationally drop $3.6 million to go fight in a conflict that was anything but “self-defense.”
— The Daily Collegian
Everything else aside, that last sentence is the biggest problem with this guy’s thought process. For some unfathomable reason this guy doesn’t think that the fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan is self defense.
To the Daily Collegian’s credit they have a counter-point article.
UMass president Jack Wilson issued a statement saying Rene Gonzalez’ comments in The Daily Collegian “are a disgusting, arrogant and intellectually immature attack on a human being who died in service to his country.”
While recognizing Gonzalez’ right to free speech, Wilson said the student owes Tillman a “debt of gratitude,” and said he should apologize to Tillman’s friends and family.
The state Senate on Thursday approved a resolution of condemnation, with one member, Sen. Robert Hedlund, R-Weymouth, calling Gonzalez a “nitwit.”
Jared Nokes, president of the Student Government Association, also issued a statement condemning Gonzalez’ column.
In a response to the controversy generated by the column, the paper’s editorial board ran a letter to readers in Thursday’s edition saying Gonzalez’s views do not reflect The Collegian’s opinion.