RT footage taken today in Copenhagen illustrates the post-modern mind. Martyrs and heroes are not the same thing. A martyr may be a hero, but a hero is not necessarily a martyr.
The left and Islam both tend to try and win wars by controlling language.
In the Western world, we use the word, "martyr" specifically to mean those who have sacrificed something of value to themselves, up to and including their lives, in order to reduce the suffering of other people. To better their lives in some way.
A Muslim suicide bomber commits terror to help force Islamic control on others, and also to enjoy an eternity in Mohammad's bar and brothel in the clouds.
So in other words, it is not a selfless act.
Islam uses the term "martyr" to soften our condemnation, to incrementally force acceptance of abhorrent beliefs and actions prescribed by Islam, such as suicide bombing.
Leftists, or more accurately, the post-modern leftist, uses much the same techniques to destroy individual rights, although they tend to use whole phrases:
* "Diversity is our strength"
* "Only white people can be racist"
* "Freedom of speech should not include hate speech"
Below is a video discussing the weaponized language of Islamic jihad.