C4SS Feed 44 presents Chad Nelson‘s “Brian Williams Shouldn’t Have Been Valorized to Begin With” read by Mike Godzina and edited by Nick Ford.
“The problem with labeling Brian Williams, or any other journalist or soldier who comes under attack during war a hero, is that it glamorizes war’s senseless violence. War between feuding governments is insidious and deserving only of scorn. Invading forces attacked during a war as mad as George W. Bush’s Iraqi excursion are no more deserving of the gallantry attributed to them than the loser of a drunken barroom brawl.
Here in America, unfortunately, we live in a perverted reality tunnel within which this senseless violence must be celebrated at all costs, regardless of your views of the war itself. Bravery, courage, and honor still manage to apply to those who willingly involve themselves in even the dumbest and bloodiest of wars. Injured soldiers and war correspondents receive parades, medals, and endless public praise, no matter the circumstances that led to their injuries.
American war culture is a sickness.
By making heroes of those who come under return fire during war, we ignore the incredible destruction they bring about in their mission.”
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