That’s right, Bradley Manning was nominated again this year for the Nobel Peace Prize, and oddly enough I feel proud about it, let me explain a little bit because frankly it makes no sense at all, I am, after all a Navy wife and I have an enormous about of pride for our men and women in uniform, so it would be safe to assume that I would consider Manning a trader, criminal, a villan. But I don’t, I view him as a whistleblower, a patriot, an advocate for peace and truth, a political prisoner.
However, I didn’t always feel this way. When the story first broke about Bradly Manning my inital reaction was “what a scum bag piece of shit, he deserves life in prison for betraying his country”. But back then, all I knew is what they were saying on the TV about how he leaked classified information and because of that information hundreds, maybe thousands of American’s were going to die from it! The news talked about how this information could cause another 9/11! Because, you know, no one can just say “terrorist attack” they have to say “another 9/11″ to really scare the shit outta people!
Anyway, the more and more I heard about Manning the more and more I became interested, now, up to this point I had never visited Wikileaks, but this story about Manning peaked my interest, the news keep referring to these videos and thousands of cables, I had to to see for myself, so I watched the video of our service men killing innocent civilians and I was mortified! I knew that civilian casualties was nothing new, after all, in every official statement they pretty much tell us, “meh accidents happen” But this was no accident, in the video that was released, it was blatant, and cruel, and disgusting and it became immediately clear that the government has been lying to us about the “war effort” for years. In fact, we have been lying to everyone since day number one. But what happened to the whistle blower? Immediate incarceration, and solitary confinement. What?! I thought the Military had “whistle blower protection” That’s what they say on the AFN all the time, and by all the time I mean daily! The thing that really pisses me off about the whole situation is there have been MANY exposed crimes, pictures of US solders humiliating and torturing prisoners, Marines Pissing on dead bodies, Pictures of our soldiers Mocking our own dead, Pictures of our soldiers holding up dead Afghan’s, or Iraqis as if they just bagged a 6 point buck! Despicable soldiers is what I like to call them, but what happens to those despicable Soldiers? Not a damn thing usually they just get yelled at, maybe discharged, but they get to go home at night, they get to continue living without facing any sort of consequences for their war crimes, they get to continue about their business as if nothing ever happened. It saddens me, and It makes me ashamed to be an American sometimes. Sometimes because of these despicable soldiers and the fact that our Military, and our Government does nothing about them makes me ashamed to be a proud Navy Wife, sometimes when i’m out, I don’t want want to mention what my husband does because of these despicable soldiers! Even though I am ridiculously proud of him, I will neglect to mention he works for the Navy because I don’t want to deal with the flack I get from others because of these despicable soldiers.
Hell, when my husband was coming home from his second deployment, I went to the Safeway in Port Townsend to pick up some Camo Welcome Home balloons, and some plan blue and yellow balloons (navy colors ya know). The man working in the floral department asked why I was getting the balloons, so I told him my husband was coming home, purposefully trying to avoid the “Navy Deployment” part, because I have received flack from people before, and I was in Port Townsend. I grew up in PT and I know those people are not very receptive to the Military, even though the town would exist if it wasn’t for the Navy, but that’s a whole notha’ story. So, he kept asking questions so I told him, “Well, my husband is in the Navy, and he was out on a deployment for the past 7 months” “oh, where was he” he asked me, and I told him it was what they called a “pleasure cruse” and they just hit ports over in Aisa, no biggie really. Then once he filled all of my balloons he got this little smirk on his face and had the Gaul to say “well, I don’t support warmongers and baby killers, the Navy has no business in Asia” Excuse ME balloon man?! I gave him the most stern look I could muster and I said to him , “The fuck did you just say to me?!” He started to talk again, and I just interrupted him and said “You listen balloon man, I haven’t seen my husband in seven months, have you ever gone that long with out seeing someone you love? With little to know communication? Have you EVER had to sacrifice ANYTHING in your entire, pathetic, balloon peddling life?” He looked at me shocked, because at this moment I was on a tangent, and I was being very loud and making quite the scene in Safeway, people were staring, I didn’t notice and I didn’t give a shit! So I continued by saying. “This is my fucking husband, my family and my friends you are insulting, by calling them warmongers and baby killers, how fucking dare you! You show some goddamn respect and keep those mother fucking balloons for yourself, because I am not buying another thing in god damn grocery store!” I was so pissed I was almost crying, and I was shaking, I
I typed Douche Balloon into Google and a picture of Snooki came up! HA!
could have strangled this balloon peddling douche at that moment. BUT as soon as I was done yelling at this asshole I heard clapping and cheering behind me, 30 or people erupted in applause in support of what I had just said, in support of my husband, in support of me sticking up for the troops, because they too supported them! Needless to say I was overwhelmed, and I had no idea that everyone in the store that night had heard the whole damn thing! The balloon douche was stunned and didn’t say anything. I looked at the Balloon Douche as if to say, “any other smart ass comments?” with my eyes, and I just left, I wanted out of there, and on my way back to the car I was becoming more pissed off because my husband was coming home tomorrow and I didn’t have any balloons! I was halfway across the parking lot when I heard a voice say, “hey wait” it was the balloon douche, he had my balloons, he apologized and gave me my balloons, and ran back into the store, no words were exchanged, I was speechless finally, and humbled standing in the middle of the Safeway parking lot with my balloons. I wanted to say thank you, but I was still so pissed i almost wanted to leave the balloons as a ridiculous act of defiance, Like a “Fuck You Balloon douche!, I don’t even want these stupid balloons!” But I kept them. You know, I wonder now if he came out and apologized because he genuinely felt bad, or was it because the other patrons of the Safeway that night called him an asshole after I left.. I’ll never know. hmm.. Anyway, that was one hell of a tangent! But the point I was getting at is, I felt like I won a little battle of my own that night so I had a little glimmer of pride in myself on the drive back home, but the whole situation pissed me off for a week anyway! I was just fuming at this guys ignorance, so from that day I decided to just avoid telling people that my husband is Navy for fear of this situation repeating itself. I’m not a fan of stress and if I can avoid it I will.
OK SO Anyway, back to the original topic. What should have happened to these despicable soldiers is the US should have owned up to the crimes and made efforts for punish all who were involved in the crimes, all the way to the top! Fix the problem, don’t punish those who expose the problem. By our governments lack of disciplinary action it causes people to have assbackwards opinions like Mr. Balloon Douche from Safeway, and it says to the world that WE are allowed to to whatever the hell we want, that we have no one controlling us, We don’t have to follow UN regulations, but god damn it if YOU break those regulations WE will be on your ass like white on rice! Yeah good image America.
So I guess what I am getting at is without Bradley Manning we wouldn’t know about US War crimes, something that I firmly believe we should know about. But, without the knowledge of said crimes I wouldn’t have to constantly defend my husbands honor to Balloon Douches everywhere, and for a while I was torn because of that reason, but over the past year I have gotten over that selfishness and decided that having to stick up for my husbands honor isn’t a bad thing, it’s only a minor inconvenience, and a small sacrifice to make for truth, and much, much smaller than the sacrifice Manning made for the truth and honor of his country. In my opinion he is not a trader, he is not an enemy of the state. He is a whistle blower, he exposed U.S. War crimes, and his actions should be applauded. As for the Peace Prize, sure why not! If someone can get the Nobel Piece Prize for NOT DOING ANYTHING, then surely exposing war crimes and being the spark that ignited the fires of the Arab Spring and the OWS movements deserves NPP.
The reasons for the Peace Prize Nomination.