MSNBC Chris Hayes Says He Feels ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Soldiers ‘Heroes’ [VIDEO]
Chris Hayes, from MSNBC, is in the center of some harsh criticism after some comments he made about fallen soldiers and their memory as heroes.
He stated the he feels ‘uncomfortable’ calling fallen soldiers ‘heroes’ to justify potentially unjust wars. This was during a memorial day themed show in which he focused on the people killed in military conflicts of all sides, from American soldiers to Afghan civilians.
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.” Why do I feel so [uncomfortable] about the word “hero”? I feel comfortable — 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.