A real American hero
Soldier charged over leak of botched air strike video
With his custom-made "humanist" dog tags and distrust of authority, Bradley Manning was no conventional soldier. Ostracised by peers in Baghdad, busted for assaulting a fellow soldier and disdainful of the military's inattention to computer security, the 22-year-old intelligence analyst styled himself a "hactivist." On Tuesday, the US Army charged him with multiple counts of mishandling and leaking classified data and putting national security at risk.
At last, a real American Hero in the US Military, a man who was so concerned by his conscience he made sure wikileaks got to see how corrupt the decisions to fire on civilians in a war zone really were. It's nice to finally have a war hero worth respecting.
5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.
Murdering unarmed civilians, journalists and children, this is how the West wins Freedom and Democracy is it? The Iraq war was illegal and was an outright act of aggression, regime change never made the war legal. The perpetrators of the Iraq War should be treated like war criminals and put on trial.
What I love about this is that the US Army 'investigated' this and found the soldiers acted properly - how can that be? Innocent unarmed fucking civilians were killed, as were two Journalists (and let's be honest this story would have never seen the light of day if it weren't for the fact that two Reuters Journalists were killed in this event) and children, bloody children, were seriously wounded! How the hell can the death of innocent civilians, journalists and the severe wounding of children EVER be considered proper actions by soldiers?
If I seem to be harder on America, I am. They are supposed to be the example, if we allow them to butcher and murder civilians under the guise of 'freedom and democracy' we can't criticize China for propping up Zimbabwe or Sudan or Burma. If the West won't follow human rights during conflict, how on Earth can we demand less Democratic countries follow them?