Saturday, April 19, 2008

Heroes or Dupes? (Laurence Vance)

Laurence Vance on America's love affair with the dupes of the U.S. military commonly known as "heroes":

Americans love their war heroes. It doesn’t matter where the war was fought, why it was fought, how it was fought, or what the war cost. Every battlefield is holy; every cause is just; every soldier is a potential hero. But what is it that turns an ordinary soldier into a war hero? Since it obviously depends on the criteria employed, is it possible that American war heroes are not heroes at all? Could it be that, rather than being heroes, they are instead dupes?

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