Chris Hayes was right.
We need to have a conversation about glorifying and justifying the death of human beings. Even if its by something as innocuous as calling our military “heroes”
Just like out military members are seen as heroes over there, the other side is being seen as heroes as well. Because they’re on a different side doesn’t make the word less profound. It’s all perception.
We call the members of our military “heroes” because were in a post WWII society that lifts brave men and women above and beyond ourselves. Almost to a point where they aren’t to be questioned or criticized.
They’re human beings with human faults. Just like us. In order to seriously become an antiwar society, we mustn’t soften the blow of war by calling our side heroes as if that makes lost of life a reasonable thing.
Call them our military. Because that’s what they are. They do a job that is more arduous a task as anybody else’s but we can’t pretend that the cost of human life is somehow justified by elevating (and sometimes perverting) our soldiers, sailors and marines to almost godlike status where we can’t question the mission, the goals or even Americans mentality stateside.
What’s even more fucked up is that Chris Hayes statement was a great start for a conversation on civilians view of our military. But of course America is so anti-intellectual and reactionary, that we slapped that notion out of the sky.
It happens every time when we have the beginning of a teachable moment: our collective reptile brain hive mind of stupidity takes over.