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You know you’re in for a rollicking, offensive, masochistic ol’ time when a Big Hollywood post starts out

One of the good things that came out of the tragic events of 9/11 is

Great.  Awesome.  Please, Burt Pretlusky, tell me the fucking upside of the deaths of thousands.

One of the good things that came out of the tragic events of 9/11 is that heroism has reacquired some of its original luster.  I’m not certain when it lost it, not at all certain when bravery above and beyond the call of duty gave way to meaning nothing more or less than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Looking back, I have an idea it happened during the Jimmy Carter administration when hostages were taken in Tehran.  People who had been abducted by the minions of Ayatolah Khomeni, and held captive by Iranian thugs, were being widely hailed as heroes by the American media. 

I’m not suggesting that a hostage can’t also be a hero.  Apparently Sen. John McCain behaved like one when he was a POW, volunteering to be beaten by the Vietnamese in order to spare the men in his charge.  But I’m afraid that your run-of-the-mill hostage is no more a hero than were any of the unfortunate passengers in the planes that were crashed into the World Trade Center. 

It is appropriate to grieve for innocent victims, but we should stop short of lionizing them.  Otherwise, how do we distinguish between those who simply die and those who perish trying to save others?  

Oh, great.  You know, 9/11 wasn’t all bad, because it helps Burt Pretlusky’s semantical case for what does and does not fit the definition of the word “hero.”  TOTALLY WORTH IT.  

It’s pretty great that Pretlusky can’t even get through a simple, run-of-the-mill “The Troops are Awesome!” Memorial Day piece without being a total dick.  Instead it becomes: 

“The Troops are Awesome!  They’re waaaaay better than those douchebags who died on 9/11!”  What?


Written by dieblucasdie

May 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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