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Chris Hayes on Memorial Day: Glamorizing and Justifying War with the Term "Hero"

 
 
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It's sure to be a little bit controversial but it's an extremely salient point: Chris Hayes, when discussing the meaning of Memorial Day, admitted that he feels "uncomfortable" calling deceased soldiers heroes. Not because they're not heroes, but because the term lionizes and glamorizes war.  Hayes discussed how he feels "uncomfortable" with the term:

“I feel… uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers, and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.”

 His guests, including John McWhorter of the New York Daily News, and Michelle Goldberg of the Daily Beast, and Liliana Segura of The Nation, agreed, but clarified the difference between honoring soldiers, and glorifying war. A great discussion for the holiday. Watch via Mediaite:

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 28, 2012, 6:39am

 
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