Here's a sampling of Gonzalez's warped worldview:
You know he was a real Rambo, who wanted to be in the "real" thick of things. I could tell he was that type of macho guy, from his scowling, beefy face on the CNN pictures. Well, he got his wish. [...] This was a "G.I. Joe" guy who got what was coming to him. That was not heroism, it was prophetic idiocy. [...] It wasn't like he was defending the East coast from an invasion of a foreign power. THAT would have been heroic and laudable. What he did was make himself useful to a foreign invading army, and he paid for it. It's hard to say I have any sympathy for his death because I don't feel like his "service" was necessary. He wasn't defending me, nor was he defending the Afghani people. He was acting out his macho, patriotic crap and I guess someone with a bigger gun did him in.(Read my 23 Apr 04 entry "One Hero Among Many" for more information on U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman.)
Rene Gonzalez has a lot of nerve to sit in Amherst, surrounded by his extreme left-believing, flag-burning, gay-loving, military-hating, terrorist-appeasing, First Amendment-touting, ACLU-headnodding, and ultimately free student body, trying to interject some sort of pacifistic moral superiority in a shallow attempt at trumping the service and sacrifice of a man who lived and died as an example of the best qualities of both America and her military.
I could go on and on, noting the numbers of war dead over the years, comparing our free society to the authoritarian former regimes of Afghanistan and Iraq, noting the historic failure of appeasing foreign aggressors, and other valid points, but I think UMass President Jack Wilson summed up my sentiments perfectly, calling Gonzalez' comments "a disgusting, arrogant, and intellectually immature attack on a human being who died in service to his country."
Far too often the people responsible for nonsense of this caliber manage to dish the propaganda without having to take the feedback. Not so today. Feel free to E-mail Rene Gonzalez at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
UPDATE: Today's tasteless political cartoon by Ted Rall likewise spits on Tillman's grave. Rall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.