The fact that Manning has paid a huge price for this contribution heightens the appropriateness of this choice.
Most significant of all: Manning's action has defined a principle that can guide peacemakers everywhere:
"I believed that if the general public... had access to the information contained within the [Iraq and Afghan War Logs] this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as well as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan." (Quoted in the July 25, 2013 full page New York Times ad sponsored by Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network.)
The Manning Principle has come to stand for the proposition that it is the moral nature of the broad mass of people that offers hope to peace, and that it is this that we should turn to and rely upon in our peacemaking efforts.
|"When you think #peace, think #Manning"|
Apparently, a lot of people agree.
Maybe my prediction will be borne out tomorrow; maybe not. But isn't the more important question, "In whom and in what should we be putting our faith?" If not in Manning -- and the Manning Principle -- then in whom and in what?
(See I am (I will become) Bradley Manning )
What would it mean for each of us to commit, say, to a year in which we would consistently place the truth in front of ordinary people, day after day, and patiently engage with them as they worked through the implications? What would it mean if we all believed in people as much as Bradley Manning?
(See Are YOU Ready to Swallow a Daily Dose of "the Manning Principle"?)
(See How to REALLY Honor Veterans)