Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Filling in for Mark Belling today on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I read the William Astore column I blogged about recently where the retired colonel submit that not all soldiers are heroes.
Here is the counter from another retired military officer. Dorian de Wind writes:
“But why nitpick? Why be stingy when it comes to praising our military?
Those few whom Astore would label ‘real heroes’ will still be singled out and honored with the appropriate military awards and decorations reserved for such acts of valor and heroism. I do not believe the ‘real heroes’ would begrudge their brothers and sisters in arms from being referred to as heroes.
Yes, there are those very few bad actors in the military who would rape, murder or commit other atrocities. But — believe me — calling the other 99.9% of our troops heroes will definitely not produce ‘cognitive dissonance’ in the minds of Americans, nor will it result in Americans calling acts of violence of our troops ‘necessary, admirable, even noble.’
Astore writes that 'in rejecting blanket 'hero' labels today, we would not be insulting our troops.’ He's right, but only because our troops ‘collectively’ cannot be insulted, just as calling them heroes does not cheapen true acts of heroism, nor does it justify, humanize or glorify war. Governments and politicians who take us into war might justify and glorify wars, but not the troops who fight and die in them.
Let me conclude with a hypothetical question. Given the choice of collectively calling our troops heroes, because of those few ‘real heroes,’ and collectively calling our troops murderers and criminals because of those few bad apples, which one would you go for?”
Read de Wind’s column here.