Monday, April 25, 2011
PFC Bradley Manning - An American Zero
PFC Bradley Manning was recently transferred to a detention facility at Ft Leavenworth, KS. He is accused of providing volumes of classified military documents to Wikileaks. Manning has many supporters in this country. This is not unusual. There is always a segment of the population drawn to the underdog, regardless of what they've done or what they've been accused of or the facts of the case. We've seen people demonstrate in support of cop-killers, rapists, child molestors and tyrants. I'm no psychologist, but there seems to be an attraction for some people to anything unacceptable to the masses.
PFC Manning is a young man who was seeking attention and acclaim and, unfortunately, fell victim to a predator named Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. Manning was convinced that his actions would be regarded as heroic, and so he handed over documents that put actual heroes lives in real jeopardy. Assange is probably in the clear legally speaking, as he simply reported what was given to him.
Now Manning will spend most of the rest of his life in prison, while Julian Assange will spend most of the rest of his life in 5-star hotels, surrounded by adoring idiots, seeking their next victim. The tale of Bradley Manning is tragic and unfortunate, but there's certainly nothing heroic about it.