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Is this compassionate conservatism I'm reading?

Reader comment on item: Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush

Submitted by Court Jester (Canada), Nov 30, 2005 at 23:52

Even if you disagree with what Ali has done, I naively thought people would respect that he stood on principle and paid the price.

Imagine the disillusionment he felt returning to Louisville with a gold medal, fighting for "his" country, winning glory for "his" country, but not able to eat in the diner of his choice.

It's easy to support the war if you've safely tucked away in "champagne unit" of the Texas National Guard, or have a string of 5 deferments.Ali opposed the war, filed as a conscientious objector, and paid the price. He was banned from his "profession" for 3(?) years at the peak of his career.

He didn't organize protests, or use his celebrity to foment dissent. He made a decision and "stayed the course". Many on the right seem to admire that quality in others. He returned to Africa for many years, and donated much time and money to schools and hospitals that improved the lifes of countless people.
... I wonder if he thinks that Tenet deserved his medal?
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