Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Chelsea Manning Deserves a Medal


“Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong – that is your oath. This is a kingdom of conscience, or nothing. What man is a man who does not make the world better” - Lord Balian, Defender of Jerusalem, 1187 A.D.

"I wrote this piece for the news section of the website of the Texas Communist Party when I was still the State Organizer for the Texas Young Communist League. It is just as true, now, as it was then." - Kent Allen Halliburton

Memorial Day is an important day in the United States. This is a day to recognize and honor American Veterans. It is a tradition in this country. Now, commemorating Veterans is not all that happens on Memorial Day. Many people do much more. They go camping, swimming, and they have barbecues. These are also traditions in this country.

This past Memorial Day on May 28, 2012, the Texas Young Communist League did not fail to recognize these traditions, and they did so in a unique way. Members of the Red River and Rosa Luxemburg Clubs of the Texas YCL met in Killeen, Texas to pay tribute to US Army service member, PFC Bradley (Chelsea) Manning, to whom the barbecue was formally dedicated.

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee PFC Bradley Manning, now Chelsea Manning, is a former Army intelligence analyst who was accused of releasing the Collateral Murder video, which shows the killing of unarmed civilians, as well as, two Reuters journalists by an Army Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. She was also accused of sharing the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and a series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. These documents were published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and they have illuminated such issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq, along with a number of human rights abuses committed by U.S. funded contractors and foreign militaries. It has also shown the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy. It has since been confirmed that PFC Manning did release these documents. Given the war crimes and criminal acts that these documents exposed, she should be given the Medal of Honor. Trying her for treason is just one more criminal act in a long line of criminal misdeeds conducted by this government.

The barbecue lasted from 2 pm to 4 pm. The YCLers discussed this and other issues with vigor and enjoyed a finely cooked meal. After the barbecue, members of the Red River Club used the remainder of the day to enjoy time at Buchannan Lake, west of Burnet, Texas. The lake, fed by a natural spring, has a visibility of five feet.

Chelsea Manning is a fine example of a person that possess impenetrable moral courage. If you would like to join what is now Refuse to Cooperate, in showing her support, you can do so at, https://www.chelseamanning.org/.

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