I recently received this, along with another article “American Hero Faces Life in Prison”(Which I will publish as soon as I can) in the mail. As I was contemplating the technical details of scanning them in, and translating the scans to something I could post with my steampunk antique computing system, I got this in email!
It took a lot of courage to stand up for what is right, knowing the personal consequences could include death-but luckily for us all the human race DOES produce beings of conscience, heroes and heroine’s who simply cannot accept that evil and corruption are the order of the day.
As a person who has had and still has many people I care about serving in our armed forces, I deeply loathe the scumbags both at the top and bottom who ignore ethics, morals and even strategic common sense to murder the innocent with impunity, because not only is this horrible because it is wrong, because it harms the innocent-it is horrible from a purely pragmatic perspective as well.
When people acting on behalf of America, whether in uniform or as employees of a “contractor” like Blackwater/Xe do evil things, they paint us ALL as evil. They give the worst elements in other societies a free pass to return that evil to us in the form of harm to our soldiers and to innocents in terrorist acts.
Murder sprees, like the “collateral murder” video that Bradley risked his life to “leak” to us, kill and maim real people just like you and me-they just live somewhere else.
If someone murdered your sister or brother, parents, husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend etc would you NOT feel utterly justified in trying to stop them even if it included violence?
So, although many choose not to notice this aspect of what Manning has done, he was looking out for his fellow soldiers by making sure the criminals among them could be punished by our OWN laws rather than letting the rest of the world think we ALL support their sick actions.
Even tho murder does not justify more murder; very few people would not feel that it does if the one murdered was their own beloved family member.
If we want our loved ones who serve in our armed forces to be safer in their jobs we HAVE to make sure our government and military are transparent and accountable, that murderers, rapists and other criminals who use our military as cover for their violent crimes do not create “blowback” violence against those we love.
So if you support our troops, if you, like me count some American soldiers and sailors among those you love, then please pray for Bradley, share info about him and if you feel moved to do so, donate to the organization that is fighting to help him.
Because even tho he is the hero who risked so much, the bottom line is that his trial and punishment are not JUST about HIM. They are sending a message to America and the world about what WE believe.
Do we believe that standing up for what is right is not as important as obeying orders even when those orders are corrupt?
Do we TRULY believe that the lives of Afghani, Pakistani, Iraqi and other people are WORTH LESS than our own lives?
Do we believe that our soldiers should be able to use other people’s children as target practice?
Who are we, America? Are we the the noble land of ideals, or the military thug patrol of the 1%?
We have to decide, and we have to make it plain to those in power and to the whole world who we are and what we stand for.
If we truly do stand for unmitigated violence against the innocent if they happen to live outside of the US, then I believe we can expect and deserve every bit of that hubris and bloodshed to be returned to us with interest.
But I don’t believe many Americans really do believe such evil things. I think most are simply not aware of the truth-that is why we need to share info from this site ( http://www.bradleymanning.org ) and keep speaking out until those who represent us, act in ways we can believe in.