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April 23, 2004

We interrupt this blogfest for a sad announcement.

Pat Tillman, the pro-football player who left the NFL, became a Ranger, and went to Afghanistan, was killed yesterday.


Former NFL player killed in Afghanistan
WebPosted Fri Apr 23 11:35:02 2004
CBC SPORTS ONLINE - Pat Tillman, who gave up his career in the National Football League to join the United States Army after the Sept. 11 attacks, has been killed while serving in Afghanistan, according to reports.

Tillman was a casualty in a firefight, according to ABCNEWS.

CNN is reporting that Tillman was in an area where numerous U.S. troops have been killed in battles with suspected Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

Stories here and here.

No, I'm not going to stop the Fighting Fusileer fundraising effort. In war, people die. But I am going to take a moment to honor the fallen - someone who gave up a comfortable, well-paying life to take up arms in defense of the rest of us. And died doing it. If anything, we're doing this to help make the world built upon the sacrifices of all the war dead, on all sides, a better place than it was before the war. Each in our own little way. Others feel the same way. I think Michelle's latest post sums it up best.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance. In Memoriam.