Saturday, December 17, 2011
Bradley Manning and the Horror of Haditha
What perfect timing. Just as the U.S. ends its war in Iraq, not with a bang but a whimper. Bye bye Big Lie. Bye bye Shock and Awe. Bye bye mass murder. Bye bye Abu Ghraib.
In a junkyard near Baghdad, somebody came across the true horror of Haditha.
The 400 pages of interrogations, once closely guarded as secrets of war, were supposed to have been destroyed as the last American troops prepare to leave Iraq. Instead, they were discovered along with reams of other classified documents, including military maps showing helicopter routes and radar capabilities, by a reporter for The New York Times at a junkyard outside Baghdad. An attendant was burning them as fuel to cook a dinner of smoked carp.
The documents — many marked secret — form part of the military’s internal investigation, and confirm much of what happened at Haditha, a Euphrates River town where Marines killed 24 Iraqis, including a 76-year-old man in a wheelchair, women and children, some just toddlers.
To remind us that not ONE of the U.S. soldiers responsible has been convicted. And that just like the war criminals Bush, Cheney, and Blair they all got away.
With only a few regrets.
While in a court room at Fort Meade, a young gay soldier named Bradley Manning faces life imprisonment, after months of being tortured by his own country.
For the crime of telling the truth, and embarrassing the powerful.
It's disgusting, it's obscene, but I did like this:
Edward T. Hall III, 25, one of the founding members of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and several of his supporters sat in the seats behind Manning.
Manning "sent ripples of truth around the world an those created tsunamis of movements," Hall said in an interview. "He empowered us."
Just like he helped empower the Arab Spring by revealing the lies and the moral corruption of the region's rulers.
And I also liked how after Manning's lawyer was quoted as saying that his young client was "almost gone" after so many months of psychological torture.
Graham Nash, the legendary singer from the 70s, and James Raymond, the son of David Crosby, wrote this song for Bradley:
Damn the Big Lie. The truth will set us free.
Arrest the real war criminals.
Free Bradley Manning...