Looking Up to Our Heroes

Talking about Memorial Day, MSNBC's Chris Hayes admitted he was "uncomfortable" calling our fallen soldiers "heroes": Thinking today and observing Memorial Day...I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words "heroes." Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word "hero"?  I feel comfortable, ah, 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: 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. As NewsBusters columnist Mark Finkelstein noted, "In fairness, Hayes and the other panel members distinguished between their respect for the valor of...(Read Full Post)