I just listened to the Sheer Intelligence interview on Truthdig about "The Great Con of American Patriotism" and it struck me that probably no German of my age, born 1948, could have ever felt the same way as both, Ron Kovic or Danny Sjursen, did. Because we were the kids of the bad guys and we actually thought to join the German military service (Bundeswehr) is something that would be neither honorable nor even reasonable.
Muhammad Ali passed away last night. He was 74 years old. To say that he was one of a kind would be, at the very least, a huge understatement. Even if one strongly believes that boxing is too violent a sport to be glorified under any circumstances, I hope you would agree that the passing of this great man justifies an exemption from that belief.
**Note: I posted this in March 2014--to mixed reviews, lol--on some other site whose name I've forgotten. Most of my diaries there are too time-sensitive or site-specific to bother reposting, but I would hate to lose access to this one. So, reposted, mostly for an uncaring posterity.**