Chris Hayes of MSNBC has been branded all manner of nasty things after he declined to call all fallen soldiers heroes. But it’s his opinion and one he is surely allowed to hold.
Not every soldier who dies in the line of duty is a hero. For many it’s a job, and one they take on knowing the risks. It’s heartbreaking when a soldier dies, but labeling all of them heroes is up to the individual.
Hayes’ point was that calling every soldier a hero suggests celebrating wars, even those that most right-thinking people realize are unjust and could have been avoided. Where’s the controversy?
Chris Hayes could have said what he meant to say in a better way, and choosing Memorial Day weekend to make the statement is something he is probably regretting. However, that doesn’t make his point any less valid.
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