Saturday, April 29, 2006

More MSM Bollocks

Kiwi hero foils attack by bomber 28 April 2006
By KIM THOMAS and BRITTON BROUNA Burnham soldier is being hailed as a hero after saving the lives of two international peacekeepers by evading a suicide bomber trying to drive into their vehicle in Egypt.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3650267a11,00.html

This is another example of the blatent abuse of the term 'Hero' , in the antique media.

There is little to nothing heroic in dodging danger thus saving your own skin, even if in doing so you save a couple of others along the way.

This soldier has shown that he has quick reactions and good judgement, for sure. For that he should be praised. He did a damned good job and my writing here intends to take nothing from what he has done.


But Heroic- no. That is when you deliberatly put yourself in danger to achieve something. Not when you just survived something. This short of shite is spouted all the time about 'heroic survivors'. Bullshit- they were just bloody victims!

Heroic is when you go into a burning house to get someone out- when you fight off a mad dog with your bare hands, to save a bunch of schoolkids it's attacking.

It's not such a hard distinction to get ones head around!

Also, in the article, they talk about the soldier's 'Supervisor' What kind of crap are they talking?

"...Roewen's Burnham supervisor, Major Marcus Linehan, said Roewen was a well-liked team member and a dedicated soldier..."

The Major mentioned would have been his company commander or OC (Officer, Commanding)

Not a friggin' supervisor, you journo wankers!

Get it right once in your bloody lives! if you are going to write about things millitary, do just a little background...

3 comments:

KG said...

Jeez, OB, get with the programme, eh?
*everyone's* a hero these days. We have sports heroes, skool heroes, hero mums, hero musicians......
It's like self-esteem. Any bastard can have it.And it doesn't have to be based on anything whatsoever.
As for the "supervisor" thing...words fail, almost. Soon these dumb so-called journos will have recast the armed forces in their own image, as a bunch of feelgood teddy bears in uniform.
*spit*

Murray said...

We had some leftie woman turn up one day for something to do with the civilian staff. She managed to get divert her address into exlaining to us why it was time soldiers formed unions for better working conditions.

She gave up when she couldn't be heard over our laughter and general derision.

Anonymous said...

Like the OSH Dept visiting the Bomb Squad and complaining their H&S wasnt up to scratch
gd