Are American Soldiers Heroes?Submitted by Adam Bilzerian on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 20:51
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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