If anyone still thinks that lefties “support the troops,” may I present Chris Hayes?
CHRIS HAYES: Thinking today and observing Memorial Day, that’ll be happening tomorrow. Just talked with Lt. Col. Steve Burke [sic, actually Beck], who was a casualty officer with the Marines and had to tell people [inaudible]. Um, I, I, ah, back sorry, um, I think it’s interesting because 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. But maybe I’m wrong about that.
Here’s the video, courtesy of NewsBusters.
One wonders how many other lefties feel that fallen armed forces members aren’t heroes. Those people have given their lives to protect and defend the rights of people like Chris Hayes to speak freely; and yet Hayes is reluctant to use the word “hero” for protecting all of us from a life of dhimmitude.
News flash for Chris Hayes: in most Muslim nations, if you say the wrong thing, the best you can expect is some time in a room with a door that locks on the outside only.