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Are American Soldiers Heroes?

After September 11, 2001, Americans almost universally proclaimed New York City firefighters, policemen, and even the mayor as flawless heroes. Some went as far as to call all firefighters and policemen heroes. Granted it was an emotional time, and most were willing to overlook the irrationality of a proclamation of heroism based solely on the performance of a job that one receives a paycheck for. It has become impossible to hold one’s tongue any longer though, as the proclamation of American soldiers as “heroes” has been used to inhibit critical speech of the American government’s disastrous foreign policy decisions.

Even looking beyond the 15 civilians massacred at Haditha, the torture of prisoners at Abu-Ghraib, and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians that have been killed by US forces in conditions considered insufficiently atrocious to be worthy of investigation, American soldiers do not qualify as heroes.

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there not defending this country there going over to other countries not a threat to to this one and murdering people and occupying countries cause some special interests bribed some politicians and whats worse is when many of them come back to take jobs as police officer and they become the nastiest officers you will ever see in your life.

My thoughts...

I believe all firefighters are heroes no matter what event they battle. There's really not much of an incentive to become a firefighter but to be a hero. You know you'll be putting your life on the line and going into a burning building to save human life one day, so to sign on for that, knowing you could be burned alive someday, is a ballsy move.

Police can join up just to be dirty, drug dealing thugs who can get away with most crimes. There are good cops and they CAN be heroes, but they are becoming more and more scarce.

Military people have been trained to think they're superhuman and the US never loses. The news doesn't ever show body counts, and therefore feeds into this mentality. They join up thinking they'll be police and killing muzzies from far away in a sniper's nest or in a tank or piloting a drone. All for a paycheck and maybe some college... if they make it back. And IF they don't have some sort of mental issues after finding out the truth. While they're at it, they get to chant, "USA! USA!", while keeping the world safe for Democracy and Fightin' the War on 'Terrah'.

P.S. Why is the post being downvoted? I think this is an interesting question and topic to debate.

Bradly Manning

is a hero!

I see them as pawns

young men and women sold a big lie.

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Major Richard D. Winters (January 21, 1918 – January 2, 2011)

During the interview segment of the miniseries Band of Brothers, Richard Winters quoted a passage from a letter he received from Sergeant Mike Ranney, "I cherish the memories of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, 'Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?' Grandpa said 'No… but I served in a company of heroes.'"


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There is no duration defined in the Oath

Not inherently to the point

Not inherently to the point where anybody that goes through bootcamp is a "hero." Depending on what some may have done in combat, they may or may not be heroes. The question generalizes.

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