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Paul Hair is an author and national security/intelligence expert.
Monday, May 15th 2017
Victims are our heroes, which is bizarre because no one used to think like this. Instead, people thought of warriors--killers and conquerors--as heroes. My fiction aims to revive this concept.
Posted Mon May 15 2017 13:43
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Victims are our heroes. Survived an attack? You're a hero. Survived a tough illness? You're courageous; you're a hero. Lived through a traumatic event through no action of your own? You're a hero. Ours is a bizarre culture, because no one used to think of victims as heroes. Instead, people thought of warriors--killers and conquerors--as heroes. And stories can help us reclaim this rightful view of heroism. My fiction aims to do just that.

Jonathan Eig wrote, "Why You've Heard Of Jessica Lynch, Not Zan Hornbuckle - As Sentiment About War Evolves, Victims Grab Attention, Not Fighters," for The Wall Street Journal in 2003. It's a long read but the story and analysis are worth your time.

Gene Edward Veith of World Magazine noticed the article at the time of its publication and wrote a column of his own about it. Here are some of the insights he had in, "Victims as heroes - Sentimentality has replaced both martial virtues and clear thinking." . . .

Read the entire post at Liberate Liberty.