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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Israel's "goodwill gesture"; New details on Tillman.

Update: Baghdad Diarist sets-up a domain- My bad! It's a parody site! Scott Thomas Beauchamp made outrageous claims about his fellow soldiers during a writing stint for an online magazine. The accusations he made were ultimately called into question by members of the military community, its supporters, and several Conservative bloggers. After scanning through Scott Thomas' website, I have come to the conclusion that Scott Thomas is somewhat of a retard.

Update: Beyonce dances wildly; falls flat on her face. The poor dear.

Mahmoud Abbas demands the release of 100 more terrorists. Israel's Ehud Olmert already released 255 Palestinian prisoners, but I guess that's not enough. Also, IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit., still remains in Hamas captivity. Despite Israel's generous "goodwill gesture", the young soldier's fate remains unclear as Abbas admits he has no influence over the affair.

New details on Pat Tillman's death. "The documents also shed new light on Tillman's last moments. It has been widely reported by the AP and others that Spc. Bryan O'Neal, who was at Tillman's side as he was killed, told investigators that Tillman was waving his arms shouting "Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat (expletive) Tillman, damn it!" again and again.
But the latest documents give a different account from a chaplain who debriefed the entire unit days after Tillman was killed.
The chaplain said that O'Neal told him he was hugging the ground at Tillman's side, "crying out to God, help us. And Tillman says to him, `Would you shut your (expletive) mouth? God's not going to help you; you need to do something for yourself, you sniveling ..."

I am worried that his death was not "accidental". According to the article, "The documents show that a doctor who autopsied Tillman's body was suspicious of the three gunshot wounds to the forehead." Of course, we may never know for sure, so I'll just wait for more details on this story. Besides, the Pentagon already conducted a criminal investigation and concluded that it was a friendly-fire accident. What a tragedy, though. Pat Tillman walked away from a lucrative deal with the NFL so he could enlist in the army and serve his country. He's a hero and should be remembered for his bravery and self-sacrifice.