“I’d rather have my country die for me.” -James Joyce
On his recent blog posting self-styled Progressive, Alen Clifton asserted “While Bradley Manning didn’t aid the enemy, he certainly betrayed his country.”
In addition to being completely mean spirited Allen Clifton's argument is so full of holes it just doesn't stand up.
Manning's material was vetted by Wikileaks before release so no person was ever in danger. This tired argument has been used against whistleblowers so often as to have no effect or veracity. To have anyone on the left even believe it let alone assert it is incredible to me.
Another point ignored is that every soldier owes his first duty to the agreements signed in Nuremberg -- that he is under no obligation to follow orders that violate his conscience or international law.
"Principle IV states: The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him."
It could be argued that Manning is the only soldier serving in our wars who should be free -- and everyone else, from our Nobel Commander in Chief on down, should be brought up on war crime charges for engaging in an illegal enterprise.
Short public memory has forgotten that King's speech Against Vietnam brought the house down around him. He was regarded as a traitor by the press, many fellow Civil Rights activists and the general public as well. Based on what I know of King’s beliefs about war and his devotion to truth, I have little doubt that were he to come back from the grave it would be necessary for him to be re-crucified. This time Obama, not Johnston, would be one to drive home the first nail.*
Clifton also ignored the fact that so many irregularities exist surrounding Private Manning’s confinement (torture) and the trial itself, that he should be released with the apologies of a humiliated nation.
Also remember, not one of the countless culprits** (including Bush, Rumsfeld and even Obama) his documents revealed have ever been investigated or prosecuted. That is the real crime!
It seems to me the only betrayal of country here is on the part of our Commander in Chief.
*"On December 8, 1999, the Memphis jury found Jowers responsible (for King's death), and also found that the assassination plot included "governmental agencies." The jury took less than an hour to find in favor of the King family for the requested sum of $100."
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