Juxtapose the respect the American public expressed when NFL All Pro player, Pat Tillman of the Arizona Cardinals quit his multimillion dollar contract to enlist in the Army after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Pat joined his brother as an Army Ranger and died in combat operations in Afghanistan. In a sense Muhammad Ali was "ahead" of his time while Pat Tillman represented something of a "throwback" to a distant era.
There is no shame in being an avowed pacifist. It took a good reserve of courage and personal fortitude for those who truly could not in their hearts and minds justify going into military service and perhaps find themselves in the position of having to take another human life in battle. Many of these young men did, however, serve as medics and other "non-front line posts". However, given the pervasive sense of accepting military service for most of this young Nation's history, there was always an element of controversy that was difficult for some to understand.
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